Tag Archives: Wake County Schools

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.






Wake County Schools: Ignore released figures and wait until next year

Earlier today I summarized 2013-14 teacher turnover data for the state and Wake County. News & Observer reporter Keung Hui followed up my blog post with one of his own. I was critical of an April 2014 press conference that featured Wake County teachers and administrators warning of an “alarming” increase in teacher resignations.  DataContinue Reading






Despite dire warnings, teacher turnover rate dropped in Wake County

In April, a group of Wake County teachers and administrators held a press conference that warned of an “alarming” number of teacher resignations in the district during the first few months of the 2013-14 school year. “Good teachers are having to make hard decisions to leave our classrooms for a better future somewhere else orContinue Reading






NCAE member(s) using school district resources for politicking

A Wake County Schools employee sent the following email from her district email account to her colleagues: To: ***** Staff Group From: *****/*****/WCPSS Date: 09/11/2014 07:32 AM Subject: mid term elections Dear Colleagues, As you are aware the mid term elections are approaching soon.  It is so crucial that we vote for candidates that supportContinue Reading






Wake County teacher salary schedules: Before and after the raise

The N.C. General Assembly increased teacher pay. But changes to the structure of the salary schedule make it difficult for taxpayers to understand the dynamics of the raise. Below is a comparison of Wake County’s 2013-14 and 2014-15 teacher salary schedules.  The annual salary listed includes the local salary supplement, which is one of theContinue Reading