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Virtual schools introduce competition to the K-12 system

Education Week reports that school districts are trying to compete with online/virtual school programs.  In Pennsylvania, for example, the demand for virtual school courses is strong, forcing districts to find ways of attracting students back to the district. North Carolina has one virtual school, the state-operated NC Virtual Public School (NCVPS).  Unfortunately, the Charter SchoolContinue Reading

Thin-skinned DPI official complains about N&O article

Folks at the NC Department of Public Instruction are used to receiving unwavering support from the mainstream media.  When they don’t, they complain publicly. At today’s NC State Board of Education meeting, Race to the Top director Adam Levinson complained about a December 30 News & Observer article titled, “Race to the Top spending hasn’tContinue Reading

The Education Choice and Competition Index

The Brookings Institution released The Education Choice and Competition Index, which evaluates “thirteen categories of policy and practice that are important to the availability and quality of choice and to the competition created by choice among providers of education services.” Of the 107 largest school districts in the nation, Wake County was the top NorthContinue Reading

Parents petition, fight to keep charter school open

To: Editors of the News & Observer, other charter school opponents From: Your pal, Terry Subject: Charter schools Hey, guys, want to read how parents feel about charter schools?  Read this change.org petition to renew the charter of PACE Academy in Chapel Hill, a charter school that serves special needs children.  Parents and members of theContinue Reading

N&O: Republicans ruined charter schools with their evil, racist ways

As I wrote in my newsletter yesterday, 2014 will be the year of three “-isms” -  sentimentalism, fanaticism, and Manichaeism.  News & Observer editors flash all three in their latest “charters are the devil” missive. Sentimentalism: “But along the way, discussions about charter schools evolved from educational to political.” The truth is that discussions aboutContinue Reading

People are moving to North Carolina

United Van Lines  published their 37th Annual Migration Study last week.  The study “tracks the states the company’s customers move to and from during the course of the year.”  The top inbound states were Oregon South Carolina North Carolina District of Columbia South Dakota Nevada Texas Colorado According to UVL, 58 percent of moves toContinue Reading

CMS makes small gain on TUDA

Today, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) folks released results of the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) in fourth- and eighth-grade mathematics and reading.  Twenty-one urban districts participated this year.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) was the only district representative from North Carolina. CMS increased their average eighth-grade math score by four points.  They also increased theirContinue Reading

GIF of fake sign language interpreter is pure genius

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