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    Mississippi lawmakers funneled $1.5 million to Weight Watchers

    The Clarion-Ledger has the skinny, Teachers across the state shed pounds thanks to Weight Watchers courses paid mostly with state education money. But the biggest loser? Mississippi taxpayers. Lawmakers gave Weight Watchers about $300,000 a year from 2011 to 2016, but documents from the…
    Terry Stoops, May 21, 2019
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    An unintended consequence of Brown v. Board of Education

    Madeline Will of Education Week has a fascinating story about the dismissal and resignation of black educators after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Will writes, Sixty-five years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of children in public schools…
    Terry Stoops, May 15, 2019
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    Teacher: Where is my free Chick-fil-a sandwich?

    This post is referring to Teacher Appreciation Day giveaways.           It looks like N.C. Teachers United is tackling big issues these days.
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2019
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    Candidate for state superintendent invites others to fight her

    My favorite website in the world, North Carolina Teachers United, offers this delightful exchange between N.C. superintendent of public instruction candidate and resident of New York Constance Lav Johnson and a Wake County substitute teacher.      …
    Terry Stoops, April 22, 2019
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    When teachers get honest about teaching in North Carolina

    Here are two posts from my favorite Facebook group:                 Apparently, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the state line.
    Terry Stoops, January 4, 2019
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    Teachers are plotting their next move

    Now the election is over, what should we expect from teachers?  Should we expect another walkout?  Maybe. On Facebook, teachers offered the following ideas: Continue the journey and love the kids March on Raleigh again Organize a union Just walk out of class one day I hope they choose No.
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2018
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    “Funded by taxpayers” message riles teachers

    Some teachers are not happy that their new insurance cards remind them that their benefits are paid by taxpayers. From a popular Facebook group:            …
    Terry Stoops, November 5, 2018
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    More WalletHub nonsense

    WTVD reports that “WalletHub ranks North Carolina as one of the worst states for teachers.”  As usual, North Carolina does not rank in the bottom five of any variable used to rank the “teacher-friendliness” of states (perhaps with the exception of teacher union strength), but it magically appears…
    Terry Stoops, September 25, 2018