Tag Archives: Department of Public Instruction

DPI reorganization plan is a really bad idea

In the 2015-17 state appropriations bill, the NC General Assembly directed state education officials to cut 5 percent ($2.5 million) from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget over each of the next two years. According to the budget provision, “The State Board of Education may allocate this reduction at its discretion.”  Curiously, aContinue 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

Lt. Gov. Forest on DPI response to Common Core letter

In this video, Lt. Gov. Forest discusses his frustration with the Department of Public Instruction’s

Paper pushers request paper

Yesterday, I mentioned that Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest sent a letter to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson that asked the NC Department of Public Instruction to answer 67 questions about the Common Core State Standards. Today, Atkinson requested that the Office of the Lieutenant Governor provide 10,000 sheets of paper to accommodateContinue Reading

Forest issues 67 question letter to DPI re Common Core

From the press release: Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest today released a 67 question letter to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson, outlining a series of unanswered questions he has with North Carolina’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The release also includes a copy of the letter and a short video, whichContinue Reading

Atkinson reaches out to editorial boards

Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson and her advisors appear to believe that she’ll have better luck talking to editorial boards than legislators.  Last week, Superintendent Atkinson visited the editorial board of the News & Observer.   She also dropped by to chat with the editorial board of the Asheville Citizen-Times. An editorial board tour isContinue Reading

More graduates? Thank the poor economy

From an editorial that appeared in the News & Observer, Educators cite a variety of reasons – from aggressive student-retention programs to the decline in teenage pregnancies – but the sluggish economy appears to be the biggest reason our public-school graduation rate is the highest in more than 30 years. Wow, I thought “educators” hadContinue Reading

Breakdown of charter school applicants

Last week, I mentioned that the NC Department of Public Instruction received 161 letters of intent from groups looking to apply for a charter from the state.  I obtained the list of the potential applicants.  Here is the breakdown: Fourteen of the applicants would like to open a charter school in Wake County, while 33Continue Reading