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In time for National Charter Schools Week: NC charters outperform districts

National Charter Schools Week is this week!  (Unlike Teacher Appreciation Week, National Charter Schools Week is a seven-day event.) To celebrate National Charter Schools Week, the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools published a comparison of charter and district performance on 2014-15 state tests.  Data, verified by NC Department of Public Instruction officials, compare overall proficiencyContinue Reading

Republicans raised salaries; NCAE didn’t

NC Association of Educators (NCAE) leaders continue to complain that the 10.3 percent average salary increase awarded to teachers by Republican legislators and Governor McCrory since 2013 is insufficient and even insulting. Yet, the North Carolina Staff Organization, which represent the NCAE’s unionized workforce, claims that NCAE staff “have not received a salary increase inContinue Reading

It’s Teacher Appreciation Workweek!

This blog post acknowledges that Teacher Appreciation Week starts today, May 2, and ends on May 6.  Strangely, Teacher Appreciation Week does not span an entire seven-day week.  It should be called Teacher Appreciation Workweek. Indeed, I have been told by many teachers that they work throughout the weekend.  Shouldn’t Teacher Appreciation Week acknowledge that?Continue Reading

NC researchers: No decline in obesity despite federal policy

Three North Carolina-based researchers have found “no evidence of a decline in obesity prevalence in any age group, despite substantial clinical and policy efforts targeting the issue.” Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Eliana Perrin, and Joseph Skelton’s study, “Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity in US Children, 1999-2014,” has recently been published by the academic journal Obesity. Continue Reading

Mike Rowe takes Wallethub to task

Mike Rowe, an advocate for career and technical education, blasted a recent Wallethub ranking of the best and worst entry-level jobs in America.  One of the website’s authors, using his own makeshift methodology, ranked skilled trades lowest and engineering professions highest. Rowe was not pleased.  He wrote, There’s no better way to discourage the nextContinue Reading

Rodney Ellis does his best Alex Jones

Rodney Ellis, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), recently outlined his conspiracy theory about the origins and intent of Republican education policy.  In a recent podcast titled “Some Disassembly Conspired: The Plot Against Public Education,” Ellis says, If you took the time and really connect the dots of what has happened –Continue Reading

Asheville, Chapel Hill schools have some of the nation’s largest achievement gaps

The Center for Education Policy Analysis recently unveiled the impressive Stanford Education Data Archive.  According to Education Week, researchers from Stanford and Harvard used the data to analyze the “average achievement gap trends for 3rd-8th grade students in more than 11,000 districts across the country from 2009 to 2013.”  It is the first in aContinue Reading

No, Republicans did not shut down NC New Schools

Yesterday, North Carolina New Schools, a nonprofit organization that specialized in developing early-college high schools, announced that they had closed.  Representatives of the group cited “cash flow problems that were directly related to growth and the speed of growth” as the reason. The group has received tens of millions of dollars in grants throughout theContinue Reading

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