K-12 education

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    Cooper vetoes raises for public school teachers and staff

    Republican elected officials and campaign staff must be ecstatic right now.  Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would have granted raises to public school teachers and staff. The ads will write themselves.    …
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2019
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    Supply and demand at work in New Hanover County

    New Hanover County Schools officials plan to raise pay for bus drivers in response to an ongoing shortage of qualified drivers.  WWAY reports, Big changes are on the way for New Hanover County bus drivers. At a meeting Tuesday night, the school board voted to raise the pay for…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2019
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    Dan Forest releases his education plan

    Gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest unveiled his education plan today.  There are four themes to the plan. Parents Pick Expand the Opportunity Scholarship program to every N.C. family. Level the playing field for high-quality charter schools Four in the Door A principal with full authority to hire and fire An…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2019
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    D.C. erects barriers for thriving charter schools

    Donald Hense writes for the Washington Examiner about the response in Washington, D.C., to successful charter schools. In the near quarter-century since District of Columbia parents were first allowed to choose public charter schools for their children, demand has grown to the extent that nearly half of all…
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on constitutional questions surrounding North Carolina’s long-running Leandro school funding dispute. Jordan Roberts’ Daily Journal explains how congressional Democrats are trying to take away North Carolina’s health care flexibility.
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2019
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    First-month school enrollments

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released average daily membership data for the first month of school.  It is important to note that these figures will be revised and are not the ones used to determine the final amount of state funding that each district or charter school will…
    Terry Stoops, November 6, 2019
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    Does the N&O need to accept outside money to produce puff pieces on the governor?

    It's hard to distinguish this reporting, such as it is, from a release from the governor's press office. The article takes at face value terms and assumptions used by the governor that ought to be challenged. It also misses several opportunities to provide additional context.
    Jon Sanders, November 6, 2019
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    Parents are savvy school shoppers

    The bottom line of Ann Doss Helms’ recent WFAE article, “School Shopping Demands More Than Looking At Grades, Families Say,” is that families seldom rely on a single metric or criterion to choose schools for their children. When [Shamaiye] Haynes moved to west Charlotte, she enrolled her son at Thomasboro…
    Terry Stoops, November 6, 2019