Media (page 133)

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    Now there’s a successful business model

    The latest Newsweek devotes five pages to a profile of Current TV. If the name fails to ring any bells, you might remember it as Al Gore‘s cable TV network. You might find the following paragraph especially amusing. After it had struggled for six…
    Mitch Kokai, February 8, 2012
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    Author discusses the legacy of Weather Channel founder Frank Batten

    Nearly 30 years old today, the Weather Channel almost died in its infancy. But despite early financial losses, founder Frank Batten pushed the unique cable television network forward until it gained great success. That’s one of the facts freelance writer and former newspaper reporter Connie Sage shared today while discussing…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2012
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    Dropout, violence, and suspensions declined last year

    Despite decreases in public school funding, the number of reported acts of crime and violence declined; short-term and long-term suspensions dropped; and the number of annual dropouts fell significantly over the last five years. I will post specific figures after the NC Department of Public Instruction releases the full consolidated data…
    Terry Stoops, February 2, 2012
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    DPS: We hate charter schools

    Officials and school board members representing the Durham Public Schools (DPS) are fighting the expansion of existing charter schools, Kestrel Heights and Voyager, and the establishment of a new charter, Research Triangle High School. In a letter to the state Office of Charter Schools, Superintendent Eric Becoats complained that…
    Terry Stoops, February 1, 2012
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    Misinformation courtesy of Tom Oxholm and Brenda Berg

    For being the chief financial officer of Wake Stone Corp, Tom Oxholm should know better than to just make up financial statistics.  Oxholm and businesswoman Brenda Berg complain about the lack of education funding in an op-ed published in the News & Observer today.  They ask the following rhetorical…
    Terry Stoops, January 27, 2012
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    K-12 education in the State of the Union address

    Let’s get right into it, shall we? First up are higher standards.  President Obama argued, For less than one percent of what our nation spends on education each year, we’ve convinced nearly every state in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning— the first time that’s happened…
    Terry Stoops, January 25, 2012
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    News & Observer columnist paints different picture of Art Pope

    He’s drawn fire from the political left, but the John Locke Foundation’s founding chairman, Art Pope, gets much better treatment today from News & Observer columnist Burgetta Eplin Wheeler. Read Wheeler’s column here. Click play below to watch the report featuring Pope’s comments during the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 20, 2012
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    Common Core Standards are “going to hit like a ton of bricks”

    Charlotte Observer education reporter Ann Doss Helms is following the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board retreat today.  Two of her tweets from the meeting are worth noting: #cmsbd members say public knows little about federal changes that will shape local education, inc. Common Core Standards … Common Core Standards are “going to…
    Terry Stoops, January 20, 2012