Tag Archives: NC Department of Public Instruction

NC DPI in trouble with the IRS

Last month, the IRS sent a letter of findings to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI), outlining possible mistakes in the way that state education officials classified certain types of compensation for the 2014 tax year. Two of the determinations made by the IRS are trivial.  The federal government contends that the $15.00 perContinue Reading

“Parental Consent” on Invasive School Health Assessment Form OPTIONAL – Who Knew?

Last week, my daughter enrolled her daughter in a traditional NC public school system’s kindergarten. We both were a little taken back at the invasive Health Assessment Form required. When I was on the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board back in the late 1990’s, a parent was required to submit a birth certificate, proof of residence,Continue Reading

Election eve email from DPI, media stories have much in common

Yesterday afternoon, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) sent a message to DPI staff and school superintendents. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson encouraged recipients to forward the following email to their employees and staff: From: Lynda Fuller <[email protected]> Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM To: For NC Superintendents Only <[email protected]> Subject:Continue Reading

DPI: State education funding up over $200 per student this year

About a week ago, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) updated a one-page document titled Trends: Growing Student Population, Fewer Dollars.  The publication was developed in 2012 by an advisor to Governor Bev Perdue and was later posted on the N.C. DPI website, as I explain here.  Now that Bev Perdue has moved on,Continue Reading

The Left’s new school funding argument

On Thursday, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) published “Funding North Carolina’s Public Schools: Changes Since FY 2008-09.” The two-page note formed the basis of a piece by editorial page editor Ned Barnett (NB) of the News & Observer among others. I had hoped to provide a more detailed response to both, but mostContinue Reading

The most important graphic you’ll see today

Later today, the N.C. General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division will discuss their new report, “Improved Administrative Program Monitoring by the Department of Public Instruction Can Save Over $19 Million Annually.” The report is noteworthy for those of us in the education policy world, but one figure, in particular, should be of interest to all taxpayers:Continue Reading

Down payment on advocacy coalition’s teacher pay plan? $430 million

Last month, a coalition of seven organizations presented a four-part teacher pay plan to the North Carolina General Assembly’s Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.  Backers of the plan included the following advocacy organizations: North Carolina Parent Teacher Association Professional Educators of North Carolina North Carolina Association of Educators North Carolina Association of School AdministratorsContinue Reading

DPI has new $121,000/year associate superintendent

Are three associate superintendents enough?  Not for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education! Tracy Weeks, former executive director of the N.C. Virtual Public School, is the state’s newest associate superintendent, joining fellow associate superintendents Rebecca Garland, Martez Hill, and Philip Price.  Last month, Weeks received an $11,000 raise to bringContinue Reading