Tag Archives: NC State Board of Education

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 SBE would have the authority toContinue Reading

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 eighth-grade reading and math NAEP tests. Continue 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

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 characters.        Continue Reading

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, “Race to the Top spending hasn’tContinue Reading

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 Instruction (and approved by the State Board ofContinue Reading

SBE member: ‘We’re screwing our teachers’

A recent statement from John Tate, a bank executive and member of the State Board of Education (SBE) from Charlotte, caught my attention.  In a blog post, Charlotte Observer reporter Ann Doss Helms asked Tate about the teacher pay discussion at this week’s SBE meeting.  Tate commented, “We could pass a resolution saying,  ‘We’re screwingContinue Reading

SBE chair: One Bill out, another Bill in

Bill Harrison is out and Bill Cobey is in, I assume, as chairman of the State Board of Education (SBE).  According to Speaker Thom Tillis, Governor McCrory would like the General Assembly to confirm Cobey and two other nominees, Gregory Alcorn and Rebecca Taylor, to the SBE before next week’s meeting.