public schools

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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
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    Sell the Big Mac, rather than complaining that Burger King has onion rings

    On October 12, Public Schools First NC and Great Schools In Wake are hosting an event, Impact of Privatizing Public Schools: A Crisis in the Making.  Here is the description of the event: To celebrate 10 years of advocacy for public schools, we invite you join us…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2019
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    We’re Focusing On Teachers, But What About Principals?

    This News & Observer story delves into the role that assignment of teachers is playing in Wake County as the public school system seeks to ensure that struggling students are teamed up with high-performing teachers. Our Dr. Terry Stoops brings up a critical point: One option might be…
    Donna Martinez, June 19, 2017