Guilford County Schools

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    Teacher “crisis” averted in Guilford County

    In an article written by N.C. Policy Watch reporter Lindsay Wagner, Guilford County Schools (GCS) official Nora Carr sounded the alarm on the number of teacher vacancies in her district.  She blamed state legislators for the unfilled positions. I commented on the story here. Yesterday, the Greensboro News…
    Terry Stoops, August 25, 2015
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, May 27, 2015
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, March 27, 2015
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, March 27, 2015
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, March 26, 2015
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, October 14, 2013
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2012
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, September 20, 2011