NCAE (page 6)

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    Teachers’ unions: The slide continues

    Teachers’ unions are bleeding members.  Education Week reports that the National Education Association (NEA) has lost 100,000 members.  Now the union plans to “retool” their mission to recoup some of the lost member$hip. Union officials blame the membership decline on the recession, evil Republicans, evil education reform, and evil…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2012
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    Teachers unions as popular as Octomom, kudzu

    Paul Peterson, William Howell, and Martin West have some bad news for the Left.  In a poll conducted by Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and the journal Education Next, positive view of unions dropped to 22% in 2012 from 29% in 2011.  For proponents of organized…
    Terry Stoops, June 5, 2012
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    Excellent Public Schools Act

    Today, the Republican leadership in the NC Senate released details of the Excellent Public Schools Act.  The comprehensive K-12 reform package includes the following components: Adding new reading-intensive instruction for students who struggle with reading. Emphasizing the importance of literacy by ending social promotion of students who can’t read…
    Terry Stoops, April 23, 2012
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    School boards should reflect the community

    In a letter to the Statesville Record & Landmark, Bryan Shoemaker, a member of the Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education, takes the president of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) to task for her contention that school boards should be composed mainly of individuals from the education establishment. …
    Terry Stoops, April 11, 2012
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    More highlights of the NCAE convention

    The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Convention 2012 rocked the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem this weekend.  Here are some additional highlights of the conference (courtesy of Twitter): MaryBethTeaches: There are 42,629 @NCAE members but only 10,497 (25%) have “flipped” to EFT [Electronic Funds Transfer]. R U going…
    Terry Stoops, March 26, 2012
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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