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    Candidate Question: Is the current flexibility given to the state’s schools to reopen a good idea?

    School reopening should be a decision made by each school district, the elected body in the best position to evaluate the groups most and least at risk, health and safety protocols that work, and analyze the costs, risks, and benefits to their district, students, parents, and teachers. To see more…
    Jordan Roberts, October 29, 2020
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    Reopening North Carolina Schools: What Will Gov. Roy Cooper Do?

    On the latest NC SPIN, Donna Martinez of the John Locke Foundation talks with host Brad Crone about why Gov. Roy Cooper failed to announce last week — as had been promised — a plan to reopen North Carolina public schools. Martinez begins by noting that Gov. Roy Cooper didn’t…
    Donna Martinez, July 6, 2020
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    Meaningless statistic hits highest point in over decade

    Public school advocacy groups claim that public school appropriation as a percent of the North Carolina General Fund is indicative of the legislature’s commitment to public schools.  Instead, it mostly reflects the expansion of other parts of the state budget, particularly health and human services. Regardless, the next time someone…
    Terry Stoops, May 19, 2020
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    School buildings closed through May 15

    The News & Observer reports, North Carolina public schools will remain closed through May 15 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. The state’s 1.5 million students have been home since last week when Gov. Roy Cooper ordered…
    Terry Stoops, March 23, 2020
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    Dan Forest releases his education plan

    Gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest unveiled his education plan today.  There are four themes to the plan. Parents Pick Expand the Opportunity Scholarship program to every N.C. family. Level the playing field for high-quality charter schools Four in the Door A principal with full authority to hire and fire An…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2019
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    Test scores 2018-19: School performance grades

    North Carolina assigns school performance grades to all public schools.  The grades are based on student achievement (80 percent of total grade) and growth (20 percent of total grade). In the past, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published comparisons of district and charter grade distributions, but they…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    NCAE promotes passivity, not empowerment

    Kristy Moore, N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE): “This is a new year and it’s another chance for us as educators to put into perspective what we need to do to ensure that ALL students have a bright future. The children we serve cannot help in which zip code they live,…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    1 in 5 NC students don’t attend traditional public schools, new figures show

    Keung Hui of the News & Observer has the details: Twenty percent of North Carolina’s students are not attending the state’s traditional public schools — and that percentage is expected to continue rising. New statewide figures released this month show that homeschools, private schools and charter schools all continued to add…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2019