K-12 education (page 327)

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    Even Rahm Emanuel knows …

    Paying public school teachers on the basis of longevity alone doesn’t lead to improvements. We’re the first school system that has top-to-bottom–from corporate suite down to the classroom–performance pay. Principals now have performance pay. Think the Chicago mayor is off target? Terry Stoops has…
    Mitch Kokai, October 10, 2011
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    U.S. employment data: A preview of N.C.’s report?

    As you may have heard, the U.S. unemployment rate held firm at 9.1 percent in September, as nonfarm payrolls went up by 103,000 in seasonally adjusted terms. Some commentators have noted that the 103,000 figure is underwhelming, since 45,000 Verizon workers who were on strike went back to work.
    Rick Henderson, October 7, 2011
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    New study on teacher effectiveness

    Educational Researcher (2011: vol. 40, no. 6, p. 271-80) just published an excellent article by Gary Henry (UNC-CH), Kevin Bastian (UNC-CH), and C. Kevin Fortner (GA State) titled “Stayers and Leavers: Early-Career Teacher Effectiveness and Attrition.”  The researchers examined teachers and test scores from North Carolina public schools. Henry and…
    Terry Stoops, October 7, 2011
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    Buncombe school board to support tax increase?

    Tonight, the Buncombe County school board will vote on a resolution to support raising the county sales and use tax by one-quarter cent. County residents will vote on the referendum next month. If voters approve the measure, the Buncombe County Schools will not receive any of the money.  County commissioners…
    Terry Stoops, October 6, 2011
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    What constitutes an endorsement?

    The Wake Community Network has been monitoring the Wake County school board races and the issue of endorsements recently took center stage. “That implies there’s an endorsement from the system.”  Wake County Board of Education member Kevin Hill made these remarks in relation to a Ron Margiotta campaign mailer…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2011
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    Kudos to Jerry Tillman

    Jerry Tillman is a Republican state senator from Archdale and serves as co-chairman of the legislative education oversight committee.  Yesterday, Tillman’s committee heard a proposal from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to give the ACT test to all public high school juniors in North Carolina. Admittedly, I am…
    Terry Stoops, October 5, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about a controversial solar project involving Buncombe County Schools. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the role of social media and marketing in politics.
    Mitch Kokai, October 5, 2011
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    Curriculum matters

    An editorial in today’s Charlotte Observer makes the case for including civil rights history in the North Carolina public school curriculum.  Here is the first paragraph: When N.C. lawmakers were pushing through a bill this year to mandate the teaching of pre-1877 history, specifically about the Founding Fathers and…
    Terry Stoops, October 4, 2011