K-12 education (page 2)

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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
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    Should a Child’s Mental Health Be Evaluated By a School?

    Writing at heartland.org, Kenneth Artz explains a New York that will take effect this fall: A state law enacted in 2016 requires government schools to include mental health education in K-12 curricula. Local districts are required to develop lesson plans under guidance from the state Mental Health Education Advisory…
    Donna Martinez, March 16, 2018
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    Superintendent Mark Johnson Is Focusing on Literacy. Terry Stoops Explains Why.

    Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation vice president for research and director of education studies, discusses N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s dedication of $4.8 million to elementary school reading teachers for supplies and books. Stoops offered these comments during the March 8, 2018, edition of Spectrum News’ “…
    Donna Martinez, March 9, 2018