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Iredell schools distributing “Vote Yes” signs

From the Our Schools First Facebook page:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation awards a C to NC schools

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just published Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness, which ranks states on nine indicators of K-12 performance, accountability, and transparency. North Carolina received a C overall.  In the Southeast, Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia were the only other states that did not receive a D orContinue Reading

FactCheck.org: “the facts are being twisted”

FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, examined the oft-repeated claim that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis cut $500 million from the state education budget. Here is the overall assessment from FactCheck.org’s Robert Farley: In the NEA Advocacy Fund ad, the teacher says Tillis, while state House speaker, “cut $500 million fromContinue Reading

NCAE member(s) using school district resources for politicking

A Wake County Schools employee sent the following email from her district email account to her colleagues: To: ***** Staff Group From: *****/*****/WCPSS Date: 09/11/2014 07:32 AM Subject: mid term elections Dear Colleagues, As you are aware the mid term elections are approaching soon.  It is so crucial that we vote for candidates that supportContinue Reading

Deja Vu All Over Again

Wait, did you say something about  “Propaganda machines on the Right” trying to convince us/people that the folks running the General Assembly support public education? Just joshing, man.  Fight the power!

Huffpost: “Most American Teachers Don’t Look Like Their Students”

I hope no teachers look like their students.  That would be creepy – like an Orphan Black sort of thing. Of course the Huffpost article addresses differences in the racial and ethnic composition of the teacher workforce compared to the students they teach.  According to the article, But teacher demographics are not keeping pace withContinue Reading

U.S. schools are not efficient

Courtesy of Education Week: The U.S. ranks 19th out of 30 countries in the outcomes it gets from its investments in education, according to “The Efficiency Index: Which education systems deliver the best value for the money?,” a report released Thursday by GEMS Education Solutions, a London-based education consultancy. Finland, Korea, and the Czech Republic were deemedContinue Reading

NC teacher turnover rate lower than national average

Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, published “Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results From the 2012-13 Teacher Follow-up Survey.”  Researchers from the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed a representative sample of the elementary and secondary school teachers who participated in the 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS),Continue Reading

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