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Feds drop education acronym bomb

If you can identify all of the acronyms listed in the National Center for Education Statistics organizational chart without looking them up, then you have worked in education too long. I have worked in education too long.

Teachers arrested during summer vacation

Fourteen members of the NC Association of Educators’ Organize 2020 caucus kicked off their summer vacation by getting arrested for assembling in the middle of a Raleigh intersection to protest, among other things, a 10.3 percent increase in teacher salaries funded using part of the $775 million increase in K-12 education dollars since 2013. HereContinue Reading

NCGA must address strong demand for vouchers

The demand for private school scholarships continues to be strong.  Now it is time for lawmakers to step up to the plate. Currently, there are over 2,100 low-income students on the wait list for an Opportunity Scholarship.  Over the last six weeks, the NC State Education Assistance Authority, which oversees the program for the state,Continue Reading

Education Quote of the Day

“Perceived attractiveness, particularly personality attractiveness, is a more important psychosocial resource for educational attainment for people from disadvantaged backgrounds than for people from advantaged backgrounds. People from disadvantaged backgrounds, however, are less likely to be perceived as attractive than people from advantaged backgrounds.” – Shawn Bauldry, Michael J. Shanahan, Rosemary Russo, Brent W. Roberts, andContinue Reading

Tillman makes the right call on math changes

Today, the NC Senate’s Education/Higher Education Committee considered changes to high school math. Before the state adopted Common Core math standards in 2010, high schools offered the standard Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II sequence.  Eventually, schools implemented an integrated math approach, reorganizing the topics in the three courses and renaming them Math I, MathContinue Reading

Education Quote of the Day

“Take a good look, boys. He’s the canary in the coal mine of our failing education system.” – The Simpsons, “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts” (2011)

Wake teachers receive discipline survey from feds

In response to allegations of discriminatory discipline practices, Wake County public school teachers received the following email from the federal Office of Civil Rights: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education is conducting an investigation of this school district regarding its compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights ActContinue Reading

Harding University HS working conditions pretty bad

Earlier this week, a gang of students attacked an employee of Harding University High School in Charlotte.  Was this an isolated incident or indicative of Harding’s educational environment? The NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey indicates that it was the latter. Only 25 percent of teachers agreed that “students at this school follow rules of conduct.” Continue Reading

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