NCAE (page 14)

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    NCAE convention underway

    The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Convention 2012 is rockin’ the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.  I suspect that substitute teachers were in short supply around the state. Here are some highlights of the conference (courtesy of various Twitter feeds): Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson tells attendees, “When…
    Terry Stoops, March 23, 2012
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    The teacher compensation debate

    This week, the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) decided to write a critique my 2009 report on teacher compensation. I appreciate any and all responses to my research, particularly those that take three years to formulate.  (BTW, that’s a joke.)  However, I am not going to waste my…
    Terry Stoops, February 15, 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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    Gov. Perdue and the “49th in per-pupil spending” myth

    According to the News & Observer, Governor Perdue wants to raise taxes because “North Carolina has fallen to 49th in the nation in per-pupil funding.”  Last year, I discussed the problems associated with per-pupil expenditure rankings.  Here is part of what I wrote for my July 26, 2011…
    Terry Stoops, January 17, 2012
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    An overview of the payroll deduction/dues checkoff issue

    Buried deep within the Executive Organization Act of 1973 is NC General Statute 143B-426.40A(g).  It reads, Payroll Deduction for Payments to Certain Employees’ Associations Allowed. — An employee of the State or any of its political subdivisions, institutions, departments, bureaus, agencies or commissions, or any of its local boards of…
    Terry Stoops, January 10, 2012
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    N&O: NCAE not a union, even though we call it a union

    Before: “GOP overrides veto of teachers union bill” (News & Observer article*, Thursday, January 5, 2012) “Just after 1 a.m. today, in a secreted session critics called unconstitutional, Republican legislative leaders passed a bill aimed at weakening the state’s largest teachers union.” After: “The NCAE is not, by the way,…
    Terry Stoops, January 6, 2012
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    Governor Perdue: “These children belong to us”

    Governor Perdue addressed the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) One Voice Rally on Tuesday.  During her speech, Perdue declared, “This chapter belongs to us.  These children belong to us.” What did she mean by that statement?  How “we” define “us” has a direct bearing on how North Carolinians educate…
    Terry Stoops, May 5, 2011