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    School vacancy panic 2019 is here

    Every year, stories about the number of school position vacancies circulate online.  One reason why the stories have been popular in recent years is that they feed a familiar narrative, namely that the Republican-led General Assembly has made teaching in North Carolina public schools undesirable.  The Teaching Working Conditions…
    Terry Stoops, July 24, 2019
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    Teacher-Student Race Matching: Where The Research Is Heading

    N.C. State professor Anna Egalite discusses the future of research on teacher-student race matching in light of the new Fordham Institute report that compares matching in North Carolina charter and district schools.  Dr. Egalite offers three takeaways from the study. First, we need to be pushing harder on…
    Terry Stoops, June 12, 2019
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    Black students in N.C. charter schools are more likely to have black teachers

    Madeline Will at Education Week reports on a new Fordham Institute study that examined teacher demographics in North Carolina district and charter schools. Black students in charter schools are more likely to have black teachers than their peers in traditional public schools, which can lead to academic gains in…
    Terry Stoops, June 4, 2019
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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