Gov. Pat McCrory’s legacy was just sealed with his signing of the bill called House Bill 17 into law. It literally strips a lot of power from his successor, Democrat Roy Cooper. This from a man who only vetoed his own General Assembly five times in his only term. This from a man who defended … Continue reading The Shriveled-Up Sour Grapes of Pat McCrory
Month: December 2016
I Just Became a Jamison Crowder Fan. And I Don’t Like Duke At All.
But I respect him as a man devoted to family and I see a lot of him in my own daughter who is the best teacher that my son Malcolm, who shares something with Crowder's little brother, has in life. Take a look. http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18312813&sf47433476=1
Every North Carolina Lawmaker Should Read The Recent Research From Stanford University About Public Investment in Schools. I Hear Stanford’s a Decent School.
Public education is a sacred trust of the citizenry, not an open market for capitalistic ventures. If one wants to make the argument that states like North Carolina are free to allow for competition within its public school system, then that person would need to explain how that complies with the state constitution which explicitly … Continue reading Every North Carolina Lawmaker Should Read The Recent Research From Stanford University About Public Investment in Schools. I Hear Stanford’s a Decent School.
North Carolina: A Veteran Teacher Writes a Letter to the New State Superintendent
Thanks to Dr. Ravitch for posting.
Stuart Egan is a National Board Certified Teacher in North Carolina. The state legislature (the General Assembly) just passed legislation removing educational authority from the state board of education and handing it to the just-elected state superintendent of education, who is a Republican with only two years of teaching as a member of Teach for America.
Egan wrote to Mark Johnson, the 33-year-old neophyte who is suddenly in charge of the state’s schools.
The young man who will control the state school system ran against “the status quo,” which was imposed by the legislature that just put him in charge. Will he tangle with the legislature? Will he fight for teachers? Will he roll back over-testing, as he promised?
If you have …, “taken issue with what (you) sees as a lack of support for teachers and schools coming from the department and a failure to respond quickly to such…
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The Cotton-Headed Ninny-Mugginses of West Jones Street.
I’M on a blog and I’m blogging. I’M ON A BLOG, AND I’M BLOGGING! Leave it to Buddy the Elf to best explain last week’s special session of the North Carolina General Assembly when the angry elves of the GOP decided for a power grab in the last minute to quash the Christmas cheer of … Continue reading The Cotton-Headed Ninny-Mugginses of West Jones Street.
HBS#2 – The Little Known Bill From the North Carolina Special Session to Change State Symbols
In a surprise move (and rather secretly passed and therefore, unnoticed), the North Carolina General Assembly passed yet another little-known special session proclamation known as a BM (bill maintenance) provision, that is tagged with another bill as a supplemental bill. House Bill Supplement #2 (BS#2) will leave an indelible mark on the state of North … Continue reading HBS#2 – The Little Known Bill From the North Carolina Special Session to Change State Symbols
Open Letter to State Superintendent – Elect Johnson – So What Will You Be Doing With All of This New Power From HB17? That’s Not Rhetorical
Dear State Superintendent – Elect Johnson, Congratulations on your election to a most important office in public service, but I must admit, I did not vote for you. I am sure that your intentions are altruistic, but I did not think you were a person with the experience, knowledge, follow-through, and commitment to lead the … Continue reading Open Letter to State Superintendent – Elect Johnson – So What Will You Be Doing With All of This New Power From HB17? That’s Not Rhetorical
A Thank You to Rep. Graig Meyer
Rep. Graig Meyer from Orange County has over the past three years gained a tremendous amount of respect from me, not only as an educator, but as a voter. I had the pleasure of meeting him one time at a press conference at NCAE headquarters. Rodney Ellis and Mark Jewell had organized a day of … Continue reading A Thank You to Rep. Graig Meyer
Merry Christmas And Happy Coup Year From The North Carolina General Assembly GOP
“Merry Christmas!” from the GOP constituency of the North Carolina General Assembly. In the spirit of giving, they have reminded all of us that the most precious gifts are the ones you give to yourself at the expense of others especially during the holiday season. Besides nothing is more American than Christmas, except maybe backhanded … Continue reading Merry Christmas And Happy Coup Year From The North Carolina General Assembly GOP