K-12 education (page 4)

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    NCTQ: Master’s degrees for teachers are “ineffective and expensive”

    Kency Nittler of the National Council on Teacher Quality takes a look at compensation for master’s degrees in the 124 largest school districts in the nation.  She finds, Of the ten districts that do not offer additional pay, five are in North Carolina (a state that prohibits the practice),…
    Terry Stoops, September 26, 2019
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    Should we bring cursive writing back to schools? NC already did

    Hetty Roessingh, professor and researcher at the University of Calgary, concludes: Our society impoverishes children if we don’t learn from those who have gone before us. People who learn how to spell and to develop legible, fluent handwriting will have tools at their avail to confidently express themselves and…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2019
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    “Anywhere you live, you’ve got to have rules and regulations. Otherwise, you would just have whatever.”

    The comment above is from Forest Park City Manager Angela Redding, explaining to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter why the city shut down a fruit and vegetable stand operated by an area preschool. The garden originally started as an outdoor learning environment for kids who needed to get out…
    Terry Stoops, September 24, 2019
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    Clickbait website: N.C. is 28th best state for teachers

    Classic clickbait website Wallethub released their “2019’s Best & Worst States for Teachers” ranking.  (Click here if you must see it for yourself.) Among states in the southeast, North Carolina outranks Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Louisiana.  Interestingly, Kentucky is the top state in the region, followed…
    Terry Stoops, September 23, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Voters recently selected two new Republican representatives for North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th congressional districts. Rick Henderson analyzes the special elections’ significance during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops assesses key trends from the latest batch of N.C. public school standardized test scores. Wellesley College sociology…
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2019
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    Reality commits another mugging

    Matthew Continetti writes for National Review Online about one liberal counterpart’s recent enlightenment. Few journalists are as respected by, and respectable to, liberals as The Atlantic’s George Packer. The author of The Assassin’s Gate (2005), The Unwinding (2013), and a recently published biography of Richard Holbrooke, Our Man,…
    Mitch Kokai, September 19, 2019
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    Are some teachers planning to protest on a school day again?

    It certainly seems that way. If teachers are planning to have a “day of action” that starts on a Monday at 10 am, then it appears that some teachers will need to take a personal day to attend. Teachers in Wake County have a workday on September 30th, but teachers in…
    Terry Stoops, September 18, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina took another step toward cleaning up the state’s criminal code with the recent approval of Senate Bill 584. Mike Schietzelt explains the significance of the latest legislation for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts assesses the potential significance of the recently enacted…
    Mitch Kokai, September 13, 2019