K-12 education (page 7)

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a public education advocacy group’s complaints about N.C. schools. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why he believes UNC-Chapel Hill’s controversial Silent Sam monument must be restored to its pedestal on campus.
    Mitch Kokai, August 29, 2018
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    NPR: Two-thirds of reported school shooting incidents never happened

    Kudos to NPR for doing some old-fashioned investigative journalism.  NPR reporter Anya Kamenetz writes, This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher than most other estimates.
    Terry Stoops, August 28, 2018
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    Get the facts about teacher shortages

    The 2018-19 school year is underway!  And, in recent years, stories about teacher shortages, long-term substitutes, and other staffing issues have become a staple of back-to-school reporting. The National Council on Teacher Quality lays out the facts about the issue. Only half the people who graduate from teacher…
    Terry Stoops, August 27, 2018
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    Daily Journal: State won’t retreat on school choice

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal that the effects of 20 years of school-choice initiatives are impossible to miss this school year. New charter schools are opening all across the state. Some school districts are launching or relaunching their own schools of choice, as magnets or as…
    Anna Manning, August 27, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirms that controversial GenX is used in solar panel components. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina is unlikely to retreat from its support of school choice.
    Mitch Kokai, August 27, 2018
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    Columbus County commissioners approve bailout of public schools

    WECT reports that Columbus County commissioners approved a plan to give Columbus County Schools $500,000 to relieve some of the district’s debt burden.  Whiteville City Schools will receive $200,000 due to a state law that requires city districts to receive comparable per-student funding to county systems. In April, WECT…
    Terry Stoops, August 24, 2018
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    Red4EdNC plans airing of grievances

    Here is a follow-up to my previous blog post about Red4EdNC’s advocacy events.  Despite what the Red4EdNC folks claim in their press release, 87 percent of North Carolina teachers agree or strongly agree that their school “is a good place to work and learn.” NEWS…
    Terry Stoops, August 23, 2018
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    Red4EdNC to hold event at Wake County public school

    Tomorrow, members of Red4EdNC will hold a Teacher Town Hall/Press Conference at Leesville Road High School.  Red4EdNC leader Angela Scioli teaches social studies at Leesville Road. According to the group’s FAQs: Our strategy provides a way to take effective action, quietly. Most of the essential phases…
    Terry Stoops, August 23, 2018