K-12 education (page 2)

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    Wall Street Journal Talks With Our Terry Stoops About Teacher Protest

    North Carolina is again national news, this time for the teacher protest planned by the North Carolina Association of Educators. Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s take: Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said teachers aren’t giving the legislature credit for increasing teacher pay for the past four years, with another…
    Donna Martinez, May 16, 2018
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    “There isn’t a vision here for increasing student achievement”

    The News & Observer reports on the wish list from the group organizing Wednesday’s rally and protest by educators at the General Assembly. On Monday, the North Carolina Association of Educators released its priorities for the march, which coincides with the opening day of this year’s state legislative session.
    Donna Martinez, May 15, 2018
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    Here’s What North Carolina Public School Teachers Are Protesting

    Four pay raises in a row — plus a bonus — with a fifth pay raise on the way. These are the facts. Far from ignoring teachers — or disrespecting teachers — North Carolina taxpayers and legislative leadership have appropriated consistent pay raises that are envy of many other public…
    Donna Martinez, May 10, 2018
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    Big N.C. School Districts Won’t Be Broken Up Anytime Soon

    There’s been speculation that North Carolina lawmakers might recommend breaking up our state’s two largest school districts — Wake and Charlotte/Mecklenburg. The two are behemoth, serving more than 100,000 kids each. The average is much lower. But as Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal, a legislative committee has adopted a…
    Donna Martinez, April 12, 2018
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    Low-Performing Public Schools: How Big a Problem Is It?

    This morning I’ve been re-reading several Carolina Journal news stories about our state’s new Innovative School District, which is designed to intervene on behalf of children who are trapped in public schools that have serious issues with achievement. Southside Ashpole Elementary in Robeson County is the first school that…
    Donna Martinez, April 10, 2018
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    How North Carolina Helps Disadvantaged Kids

    Imagine the anxiety of a parent who watches their child struggle in school. Maybe it’s a learning disability. Perhaps a physical challenge is an issue. Or maybe, despite the best efforts of the child to fit in with the other kids, the traditional classroom simply isn’t working for them. Should…
    Donna Martinez, April 10, 2018
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    Better To Have a Smaller School District? Research is Unclear.

    State lawmakers are discussing concerns that some North Carolina public school districts are simply too big to operate efficiently and to stay in touch with the needs of kids and the concerns of their parents. Charlotte/Mecklenburg and Wake are behemoths. But what does the research say about all this?…
    Donna Martinez, March 29, 2018