class size

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    Average class sizes, 2016-17

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released its 2016-17 report card data.  The average class sizes were as follows: Grade/Course Average Class Size (2016-17) Kindergarten 19 01 19 02 19 03 19 04 21 05 21 06 22 07 21 08 22 09 20 10 20 11 20…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2017
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    There is no teacher recruitment crisis in Richmond County

    The headline, “Double whammy creates teacher shortfall in Richmond County schools” sure sounds ominous!  And Richmond County Daily Journal reporter Christine Carroll goes to great lengths to play up the “crisis,” including a discussion of class size mandates passed by Republican legislators, decreases in education school enrollment, and a…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2017
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    Walsh addresses N.C. class size debate

    The challenge of learning from others’ mistakes by Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality April 13, 2017 Dear State Legislator: First let’s get the obvious points out of the way. I get that your constituents love small class sizes. Certainly, no rational teacher will tell…
    Terry Stoops, April 13, 2017
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    Money, not class sizes, behind HB 13 push

    The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) survey, Pass House Bill 13 to Save Teachers, Increase Per Pupil Funding to National Average, tells you all you need to know about the push to get the N.C. Senate to pass House Bill 13.  Currently, HB 13 is in the…
    Terry Stoops, March 16, 2017
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, July 23, 2015
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    Teacher of the year has unreasonable class size

    The Wake County Schools website features a photo of 2015 Teacher of the Year Matthew Scialdone, an English teacher at Middle Creek High School, and a dozen or so students. I blame Republicans for forcing teachers to deal with these unreasonable class sizes.
    Terry Stoops, May 29, 2015
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    Study: Quality teachers should have larger classes

    Michael Hansen, a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research, just published Right-sizing the Classroom: Making the Most of Great Teachers.  Hansen examined data from North Carolina to determine the relationship between teacher effectiveness and student assignment/class sizes. Dr. Hansen found, North Carolina appears to differentiate class sizes based…
    Terry Stoops, December 10, 2013
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    Easley speaks out about NC Senate class size bill

    Yes, you read that headline correctly.  Felon and former governor Mike Easley is easing himself back into “the game.” In an Associated Press article, Easley recently commented on a Republican proposal to eliminate class size parameters.  He observed, “You can’t keep the classes small without paying for it…
    Terry Stoops, April 22, 2013