K-12 education (page 3)

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    Teacher pay increases since 2015

    The Fiscal Research Division at the N.C. General Assembly tracks the history of state employee and teacher salary increases.  Here is a snippet of the teacher salary increases over the last five years:           It does not include increases for benefits, such as teacher…
    Terry Stoops, March 6, 2019
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    CJ reports: School construction bond passes House education committee

    Carolina Journal‘s Lindsay Marchello reports: The House K-12 Education committee OK’d the statewide school construction bond bill, but questioned the formula used to decide how much each county would get for school construction. The committee met Tuesday to debate House Bill 241. It pledges $1.9 billion to fund…
    Anna Manning, March 6, 2019
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    Daily Journal: Don’t backslide on teacher pay reform

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal‘s Daily Journal: In a rare and praiseworthy occurrence of evidence-based policymaking, the North Carolina General Assembly decided several years ago to end the state’s pay supplements for graduate degrees. Lawmakers decided instead to reform the teacher-salary schedule so that pay rose with gains…
    Anna Manning, March 6, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a state Appeals Court ruling against government retirees that could have a major impact for the State Health Plan’s budget. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges N.C. policymakers not to backslide on teacher pay reform.
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2019
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    Drats! WRAL outs my invitation, non-attendance at Mark Johnson event

    Yes, I was invited to N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s February 19 dinner at the Raleigh Convention Center.  No, I did not attend.  (I spoke at the Cumberland County Men’s Republican Club meeting that evening.  Great folks in Fayetteville!) WRAL has a database of invitations, RSVPs, and…
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2019
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    DPI newsletter: Teachers should promote a “humane and progressive future through the lives of our children”

    The February 2019 publication, “A Newsletter for Beginning Teachers in NC” includes an article by 2018 Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year Samone Graham. Our public schools would be so much better if we simply asked teachers to focus on curriculum and instruction, rather than this kind of ideological nonsense.
    Terry Stoops, March 5, 2019
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    Martin Center chats with state school Superintendent Mark Johnson

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center documents her recent interview with N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson. [S]ometimes we hear stories of high school students who are made to believe that the only way to succeed in life is to earn a four-year degree. How do schools in…
    Mitch Kokai, March 4, 2019
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    Questions about federalizing school choice

    Neal McCluskey writes for the libertarian Cato Institute about the potential danger of increasing the federal government’s role in school choice. He focuses on the $5 billion scholarship program proposed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Bradley Byrne, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. School choice is about individualization…
    Mitch Kokai, March 4, 2019