NC State Board of Education

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    School boards have a transparency problem

    In honor of Sunshine Week, WRAL outlines a few of the problems that journalists face when they try to obtain minutes from closed sessions of school board and State Board of Education meetings.  Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis gets a well-deserved mention in the article. One thing boards sometimes refuse…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2018
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    Board will support McCrory’s teacher pay plan

    Next week, the NC State Board of Education will discuss their annual supplemental budget request.  According to the documents posted on the State Board website, The State Board of Education did not a [sic] recommend a specific salary increase for teachers. The State Board would like to support what…
    Terry Stoops, February 25, 2016
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    Budget rummage: County district mergers

    Currently, the State Board of Education (SBE) has the authority to “approve agreements submitted by county and city boards of education requesting the merger” of two or more school districts.  The appointed members of the board cannot unilaterally merge them. If the budget passes in its current form, the…
    Terry Stoops, September 15, 2015
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    Credit where credit is due

    Today, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) published “The Mapping State Proficiency Standards Onto NAEP Scales: Results from the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessment.” In this study, NAEP researchers compared what it means to be “proficient” on state tests versus the proficiency standards used for fourth- and…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2015
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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
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    NSFW: NC SBE meeting features “Little Miss Muffet” skit (updated)

    This is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke.  This actually happened at today’s N.C. State Board of Education meeting. During a session about Common Core in the early grades, a kindergarten teacher read “Little Miss Muffet” to the board, while staff from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction played the…
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 2014
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    Thin-skinned DPI official complains about N&O article

    Folks at the NC Department of Public Instruction are used to receiving unwavering support from the mainstream media.  When they don’t, they complain publicly. At today’s NC State Board of Education meeting, Race to the Top director Adam Levinson complained about a December 30 News & Observer article titled, “…
    Terry Stoops, January 9, 2014
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    Former SBE chair: Our standards were crap

    Today’s News & Observer features two op-eds on the Common Core State Standards.  I wrote the first one.  Bill Harrison, former chairman of the NC State Board of Education, wrote the other one. Harrison seems to admit that standards formerly developed by the NC Department of Public…
    Terry Stoops, June 14, 2013