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We’re Focusing On Teachers, But What About Principals?

This News & Observer story delves into the role that assignment of teachers is playing in Wake County as the public school system seeks to ensure that struggling students are teamed up with high-performing teachers. Our Dr. Terry Stoops brings up a critical point:

One option might be to pay teachers more to work at high-poverty schools, like the Project LIFT schools in Charlotte. But it can be expensive.

“While I think the financial incentives are a good place to start, we also have to think of school leadership,” said Terry Stoops, director of education research studies for the John Locke Foundation, a think tank in Raleigh. “Do we have a structure in place to make sure that our strongest leaders are leading our most struggling schools? Republican legislators are starting to think about those issues.”

Read the entire N&O story here. And be sure to stay up-to-date on Dr. Stoops’ analysis of education issues. He blogs frequently in this space, and you’ll find his reports here as well.

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Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...

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