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Three people attend Virginia school system job fair in Raleigh

In case you missed it, the Roanoke City Public Schools in Virginia held a job fair in the Triangle last week…and hardly anyone showed up.  WNCN reported, The Roanoke, Virginia public school system is holding a job fair in the Research Triangle Park in an effort to lure teachers. Interviews are being conducted from 8:30Continue Reading

Holy moly! Home school enrollment up 11 percent, over 118,000 students

The Division of Non-Public Education just released the enrollment totals for home and private schools  the 2015-16 school year. North Carolina had an estimated 118,268 home school students last year, a staggering increase of 11,415 students from the year before.  That is an increase of nearly 11 percent in just one year!  I mean, wowza!Continue Reading

A bunch of facts about the proposed teacher salary increase

According to the Proposed Conference Committee Substitute for House Bill 1030 and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Teachers will receive an average salary increase of 4.7 percent and no bonuses. Teachers will advance one step on the state salary schedule. Pay increases range from 2 percent for teachers with 26+ years of experience to 13.1Continue Reading

NCGA budget would put adjusted teacher pay 28th in nation

Earlier this week, state budget writers announced that public school teachers would receive an average pay increase of 4.7 percent, which would boost average teacher pay to an estimated $50,186 per year. If that salary estimate were applied to the most recent National Education Association (NEA) rankings of average teacher pay, North Carolina’s nominal teacherContinue Reading

NCAE membership slide continues

Mike Antonucci of EIA just published the Official NEA State Affiliate Membership Numbers for 2015.  During the 2014-15 school year, the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) had 23,480 active members and a total membership of 35,998.  The active membership includes teachers, professionals, and support staff.  The total membership adds retirees, students, substitute teachers, andContinue Reading

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

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