Durham Public Schools

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    Has Durham Public Schools learned anything from parents who opt out?

    Here is a passage from a recent op-ed published in the News & Observer, Families choosing to not enroll in Durham Public Schools give us the important message that they don’t think their needs will be met. We need to listen to them and learn from that feedback — but…
    Terry Stoops, February 7, 2019
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    Shameless Durham City Council vote is a declaration of war on charter schools

    Voting “yes” on education revenue bonds for Excelsior Classical Academy would have cost the city no money.  But the Durham City Council voted 5-2 against the measure anyway. Those who opposed the measure explained that they voted to draw a line in the sand between charters and…
    Terry Stoops, August 8, 2018
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    Gordon-Stella: Durham charter schools committed to all students

    In an op-ed published in the Durham Herald-Sun, Lisa Gordon-Stella, a member of the Durham Charter Schools Collaborative, writes, Despite each school’s different approaches, the DCC’s focus is on collaborating to improve the educational outcomes of all children regardless of race or socioeconomic status. We know that there is…
    Terry Stoops, July 3, 2018
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    Durham charters will be open for business on May 16

    While the Durham Public Schools (DPS) will be closed to participate in the May 16 teacher rally in Raleigh, the 6,500 or so children who attend Durham’s charter schools will be in class. In fact, one of the reasons why Durham charter schools have a hefty 16 percent market…
    Terry Stoops, May 3, 2018
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    Durham should focus less on charters, more on its own racial disparities

    At a community forum last week, Durham Public Schools superintendent Pascal Mubenga said that, due to charter schools, “If Durham is not careful, its schools will become segregated like they were in the 1950s.” Days after Dr. Mubenga made those remarks, the Herald Sun reported, Meanwhile, in Durham…
    Terry Stoops, January 26, 2018
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    The transformation of Superintendent Pascal Mubenga

    Durham Public Schools (DPS) superintendent Dr. Pascal Mubenga raise some eyebrows with his recent remarks about charter schools.  According to the News & Observer, If parents would check charter school achievement data, they would see for themselves that those schools are not serving students well, he said. “Go on…
    Terry Stoops, January 19, 2018
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    School district supports, and complains about, teacher pay increase

    This weekend, the Herald-Sun examined the local costs of Governor McCrory’s teacher pay plan.  Local costs?  Yup. You see, most North Carolina school districts use local funds to support permanent teaching positions.  For example, around one-quarter of the teaching positions in Durham are supported through local funding sources.  So,…
    Terry Stoops, February 24, 2014
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    Durham’s ridiculous legislative agenda

    “Durham schools call on state to restore education money” is the titled of a News & Observer article that details one part of Durham Public Schools’ (DPS) 24-point legislative agenda. Like all North Carolina school districts, the DPS Board of Education would like the General Assembly to…
    Terry Stoops, May 24, 2012