K-12 education (page 9)

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    Threat of closure leads to big turnaround for charter school

    WTVD reports the good news, Kestrel Heights Charter High School in Durham has gone from near closure to bright future. The school’s charter was set to expire in 2020, but now Kestrel Heights is one of only five charter schools in the state to be recommended for a 10-year renewal…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on a newly released report calling for North Carolina to spend $8 billion more over the next eight years on K-12 and early childhood education. John Hood’s Daily Journal praises the founder of the N.C. Institute for Political Leadership as a pioneer.  …
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2019
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    What accounts for the drop in education school enrollment?

    Allana Akhtar’s Business Insider article on the teacher labor market is frustrating for many reasons.  Her argument is, “The drop in teacher training enrollment suggests that issues plaguing the profession — from low pay to dwindling funding — has discouraged potential educators, exacerbating the nationwide teacher shortage.”  But she offers…
    Terry Stoops, December 10, 2019
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    Probing American education’s ‘great stagnation’

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon looks into recent troubling signs in American education. American schoolchildren’s educational attainment has stagnated in the 21st century, according to data from two recently updated assessments of reading, math, and science skills. Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress…
    Mitch Kokai, December 10, 2019
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    Martin Center column tackles ‘red pedagogy’

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center focuses on a recent controversy surrounding a proposed N.C. charter school. Schools of education have particularly become the home of critical theorists—who aim to radically alter society according to a Marxist-informed vision. Critical theorists’ campaign to insert their “revolutionary” ideas into K-12 classroom…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    Teachers have hard time listing Gov. Cooper’s accomplishments

    The thread below is from my favorite Facebook group. First, these teachers know that Dan Forest is a formidable candidate.  Second, they could not name a single education-related accomplishment from the Cooper administration.  Sure, his allies will claim that standing with the N.C. Association of Educators and vetoing Republican budgets…
    Terry Stoops, December 6, 2019
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    “I’d say the strike is probably coming. It’s just a matter of time.”

    The comment in the title is from Dominique Beaudry, a social studies teacher at Jordan High School, who was interviewed by WUNC to discuss the education budget stalemate.  I wouldn’t consider the story balanced, given that they did not speak to any teachers that question Cooper’s decision to veto…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2019
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    Buncombe County residents want more charter schools

    The people have spoken!  (Thanks to Andrea Dillon for bringing this to my attention.)…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2019