Tag Archives: Guilford County Schools

GCS official: “Say This, Not That” for Public Schools

In the June 2015 issue of the American School Board Journal, Nora Carr, chief of staff for North Carolina’s Guilford County Schools, offers some messaging pointers for public school employees and advocates. She writes, “Borrowing from the ‘Charter School Messaging Notebook’ and public school messaging research conducted in North Carolina by the Neimand Collaborative, hereContinue Reading

N&R fails to identify teacher’s ties to left wing advocacy groups

Todd Warren is just your average teacher chosen to comment on Senate Bill 480, a bill that would limit the political activities of public school employees during school hours. Well, that is the impression one would get by reading this story by the News & Record, which identified Warren only as a Spanish teacher at GuilfordContinue Reading

Want to give this school board more money?

Yesterday I discussed Superintendent Mo Green’s desire to increase the Guilford County Schools budget by tens of millions of dollars. Today, the GCS Board of Education is one member short after someone alerted the media and school board that December appointee Chris Gillespie did not live in the district he was appointed to represent. It’s anContinue Reading

Guilford County Schools budget request

Marquita Brown of the News and Record reports that GCS Superintendent Mo Green will request that county commissioners approve a $26 million boost to the district’s budget. Brown spends a lot of time describing revenue and expenditures from state sources.  I mean, isn’t the NC GOP responsible for GCS’s funding hardships? NC Department of PublicContinue Reading

A belated tribute to David Colin

David Colin is a retired electronics engineer (and concerned citizen) who asked Guilford County school officials to rethink their plan to distribute Asus tablet computers to students.  (If you have not heard, the Guilford County Schools tablet program is a mess.  Screens are breaking.  Chargers are melting.  Contracts have been questioned.  Patience is wearing thin.)Continue Reading

Two NC districts awarded Race to the Top-District grants

Sixteen districts, including Guilford County and Iredell-Statesville in North Carolina – will split a pot of $400 million in federal money. According to the U.S. Department of Education press release, districts will use the money “to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievementContinue Reading

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Wins Broad Prize

At first, I thought that CMS received the Broad Prize because the district had close ties to the Broad Foundation.  Former superintendent Peter Gorman was a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy and he received help from Broad to implement a performance pay program for teachers.  According to Education Week, it doesn’t work like that.Continue Reading

GCS has “offshore” bank accounts

Paul Clark of the Rhino Times has the details, Guilford County Schools Chief Financial Officer Sharon Ozment announced at the Guilford County Board of Education’s Thursday, June 30 meeting that the school system has $9.7 million left over from the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which began July 1, which it will save for the 2012-2013 schoolContinue Reading