NC Department of Public Instruction

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    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…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2016
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    “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…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, April 6, 2015
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, November 4, 2014
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    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. …
    Terry Stoops, September 30, 2014
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, September 23, 2014
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, April 16, 2014
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, April 16, 2014
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, April 2, 2014