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Governor and House propose budget plan

Earlier today, Governor McCrory held a press conference at the Executive Mansion to announce his support of a House proposal to raise teacher pay, a plan that appears to have earned the backing of school superintendents, teachers, chairman of State Board of Education Bill Cobey, and Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Governor McCrory saidContinue Reading

“School’s Out” Educator Rally today

For traditional calendar teachers, the school year ended earlier this month.  Some of those teachers will be in Raleigh today for the NCAE’s hootenanny. If you work in downtown Raleigh and are concerned about increased traffic from the event, do no worry.  I suspect that turnout will be low.  After all, the NCAE and alliedContinue Reading

DPI spins teacher survey

In their June 2014 Public School Partners Newsletter, N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) officials try to spin the results of the 2014 Teacher Working Conditions Survey to make it appear that working conditions have deteriorated over the last two years.  I discussed the survey results here and found few differences between the 2012 and 2014Continue Reading

UNC researchers seek activists’ opinion of education changes

When I want to investigate the reactions of activists toward recent education legislation, I just read the News & Observer editorial page. In all seriousness, why limit the scope of the study to “activists” whose opinion is not representative of the electorate?

NCTQ ranks teacher education programs

This week, the National Center for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) published their 2014 Teacher Prep Review, which evaluates and ranks many of the nation’s undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. The highest ranked programs in North Carolina included the following: Elementary programs (national rank): Elon University – Undergraduate (22) University of North Carolina at Wilmington –Continue Reading

Clarification of “Should the legislature cut the DPI budget?”

Since the publications of my newsletter last week, “Should the legislature cut the DPI budget?,” it has been brought to my attention that some readers may have misinterpreted the graph included in the Facts and Stats section. Indeed, as I reread the article, it does appear that there is a lack of context about dataContinue Reading

Judge: California teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional

A California Superior Court judge ruled that the state’s teacher tenure law is unconstitutional.  Judge Rolf M. Treu’s ruling in In Vergara v. California is pretty powerful, Distilled to its basics, the State Defendants’/Intervenors’ position requires them to defend the proposition that the state has a compelling interest in the de facto separation of studentsContinue Reading

Corporations overwhelmingly support Common Core

Curiously, Democrats who support the Common Core State Standards do not seem to mind that large multi-national corporations, including Exxon Mobile, are strong proponents of the standards.  In fact, some of these corporations profit (!) from it. Politics makes strange bedfellows and even stranger offspring.

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