school boards

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    School board election data summary

    Below are preliminary figures from school board elections across North Carolina.  Note that recounts and absentee ballots may change the outcome of some school board elections.   Summary 79 school districts 467 candidates   Partisan/Nonpartisan 171 partisan candidates 296 nonpartisan candidates   Party Affiliation 65 Democrats 1…
    Terry Stoops, November 6, 2020
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    Substandard school facilities? It’s primarily a county issue

    I have read numerous social media posts by teachers who contend that the May 16 walkout is about more than just teacher pay.  They argue that school facilities are in disrepair and want the N.C. General Assembly (NCGA) to do something about it. Certainly, there are things that the…
    Terry Stoops, May 11, 2018
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    School boards have a transparency problem

    In honor of Sunshine Week, WRAL outlines a few of the problems that journalists face when they try to obtain minutes from closed sessions of school board and State Board of Education meetings.  Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis gets a well-deserved mention in the article. One thing boards sometimes refuse…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2018
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    N.C. school-related studies from the American Economic Association Annual Meeting

    Here are a few school-related studies from the recent American Economic Association meeting in Philadelphia.  (Emphasis added throughout.)   The Effect of High School Peers on Juvenile Delinquency Songman Kang, Hanyang University  In this paper, I examine the extent to which the presence of delinquent peers influences students’…
    Terry Stoops, January 8, 2018
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    Overview of Tuesday’s school board elections

    On Tuesday, voters in four counties went to the polls to elect school board members for 16 seats.  Here is what happened in each. Burke County Number of seats: 3 Partisan? No Winners: Buddy Armour (Central District), Sam Wilkinson (Eastern District), Seth P. Hunt, Jr. (Western District) Hot Take:…
    Terry Stoops, November 9, 2017
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    Want to give this school board more money?

    Yesterday I discussed Superintendent Mo Green’s desire to increase the Guilford County Schools budget by tens of millions of dollars. Today, the GCS Board of Education is one member short after someone alerted the media and school board that December appointee Chris Gillespie did not live in the district…
    Terry Stoops, March 27, 2015
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    Court of Appeals refuses to lift injunction blocking Opportunity Scholarships

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has refused to take up the preliminary injunction against the Opportunity Scholarships law issued by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood before the case goes to trial. The next step is the N.C. Supreme Court. In February, Hobgood granted a motion by…
    Barry Smith, April 3, 2014
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    Shoddy N&O story on proposed online charter policy

    The News & Observer published a doozy of an article about today’s State Board of Education vote on a proposed policy framework for the establishment of virtual charter schools in North Carolina.  Lowlights include the following: First issue: Why include “Christopher Hill” and ” N.C. Justice Center” as tags…
    Terry Stoops, January 10, 2013