Tag Archives: Wake County Schools

Busing not the “best way to improve black or Hispanic achievement”

The Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution just published “Bringing back busing: Do benefits outweigh cost?,” a must-read article on forced busing.  The author is David J. Armor, Professor Emeritus at George Mason University, who has written extensively on the subject. The article includes a case study that compares student performance inContinue Reading

Merrill and Neter refuse to identify main cause of funding gap

In an email sent to Wake County Schools staff, Superintendent Jim Merrill and Chief Operating Officer David Neter skirt the fact that the county commission, not the N.C. General Assembly, is responsible for their multi-million dollar budget shortfall.  They wrote, Tuesday afternoon we presented recommendations to our School Board for closing a $17.5 million fundingContinue Reading

Wake County Schools budget shortfall

Why does the Wake County Schools have a budget shortfall?  Let’s review. County commissioners gave the school system $11.8 million less than requested by the school board.  Given that Democrats control both the county commission and the school board, there is a popcorn-worthy fight around the corner. The Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly gaveContinue Reading

Wake teachers receive discipline survey from feds

In response to allegations of discriminatory discipline practices, Wake County public school teachers received the following email from the federal Office of Civil Rights: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education is conducting an investigation of this school district regarding its compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights ActContinue Reading

Choice Media highlights Benton’s remarks

Courtesy of incomparable Bob Bowden, founder of Choice Media:

School board chair admits school choice improves quality

I pledge to use the following quote every time I talk about school choice and competition and encourage you to do the same: “In the past, public schools could assign students to wherever they wanted to because parents couldn’t make a choice to leave the public schools,” [Wake County school board Chairman Tom] Benton said.Continue Reading

Wake’s math acceleration: Diversity up, achievement mediocre

Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) initiated a program that directed more students into an accelerated track leading to 8th grade algebra. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, that effort yielded mixed results.  In “Early Math Coursework and College Readiness: Evidence from TargetedContinue Reading

Teacher of the year has unreasonable class size

The Wake County Schools website features a photo of 2015 Teacher of the Year Matthew Scialdone, an English teacher at Middle Creek High School, and a dozen or so students. I blame Republicans for forcing teachers to deal with these unreasonable class sizes.