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    District enrollment market share was 76.6% last year

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the final average daily membership (ADM) counts for the 2020-21 school year.  With that figure published, we can determine the enrollment market shares for the pandemic school year. The district market share dropped from 79.2% in 2019-20 to 76.6% in 2020-21.
    Terry Stoops, September 14, 2021
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    Teachers respond to Lt. Gov. Robinson’s CPAC speech, Part 2

    Earlier today, I posted some highlights of teacher responses to Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s CPAC speech.  This latest comment may be the most objectionable one yet: There’s a unique type of damage perpetrated by Black people and others of color who spew this garbage. The only “damage” is…
    Terry Stoops, February 26, 2021
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    Teachers respond to Lt. Gov. Robinson’s CPAC speech

    Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson took the stage at CPAC to introduce Congressman Madison Cawthorn.  Robinson used it as an opportunity to talk about the importance of citizen involvement in public education. Well, it didn’t take long for perpetually angry public school teachers to weigh in.  Here are a…
    Terry Stoops, February 26, 2021
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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