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NCAE visits Harnett County teacher orientation

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) made their way to Harnett County recently.  According to the Facebook post below, NCAE officials have been given access to new teachers in the district.  Did school officials extend that offer to other organizations?                            Continue Reading

A note on CMS teacher vacancies

“Teachers wanted: CMS still hiring as opening day looms” is the headline of a story published by the Charlotte Observer yesterday.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and other large urban districts across the nation are scrambling to fill teacher vacancies before the start of the new school year. I examined the 311 vacancies listed on the CMSContinue Reading

Study: Layoffs and student performance linked

In “Teacher Layoffs, Teacher Quality, and Student Achievement: Evidence from a Discretionary Layoff Policy,” Brown University’s Matthew Kraft examined the effects of discretionary teacher layoffs by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in 2009 and 2010.  What makes this unique is that school administrators, rather than central office staff, used performance-based criteria to decided who wouldContinue Reading

Achievement in New Orleans on the rise

Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was a typical urban school district.  After the storm, the newly-formed New Orleans Recovery School District converted all district schools to charters.  Has it made a difference?    Douglas Harris, a professor of economics at Tulane University, argues that it has.

Democrats wanted to cut TAs too

I have been following an interesting exchange on Facebook about Democratic proposals to eliminate teacher assistant (TA) positions.  You heard that right.  Once upon a time, legislative Democrats and their allies thought it was a good idea to eliminate a bunch of TA positions. The discussion is getting interesting now that former member of theContinue Reading

Wake’s math acceleration: Diversity up, achievement mediocre

Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) initiated a program that directed more students into an accelerated track leading to 8th grade algebra. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, that effort yielded mixed results.  In “Early Math Coursework and College Readiness: Evidence from TargetedContinue Reading

Experts: NC Senate education plan has merit

WUNC’s Reema Khrais asks, “What Does Research Say About Smaller Classes and Fewer TAs?“ The NC Senate budget proposed aggressive class size reductions for grades K-3.  The teaching positions needed to do so would be funded by eliminating teacher assistant positions.  Their colleagues in the House are not keen on the idea. But some prominentContinue Reading

N&O’s Christensen chimes in on TA debate

Misconceptions and unsubstantiated claims abound in News & Observer columnist Rob Christensen’s latest offering, “Teacher aides in limbo again.” First, Christensen mentions former governor Jim Hunt’s efforts to raise reading achievement by hiring thousands of reading aids.  He writes, Two years later, in his 1979 State of the State address, Hunt would declare: “I amContinue Reading

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