Department of Public Instruction

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    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…
    Terry Stoops, January 11, 2016
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, June 16, 2014
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    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 response to his questions about the Common Core State Standards. One startling fact mentioned in the clip below.  DPI produced 597 pages of material for each of the 67 answers in the original…
    Terry Stoops, August 22, 2013
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2013
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2013
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, June 25, 2013
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, January 24, 2013
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, January 8, 2013