About the NC Gerrymandered Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform

Beginning this month, a “Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform” is meeting in Raleigh to start “investigating” how to “best” fund public schools with state money. And they are now looking at possibly eliminating the salary schedule for public school teachers and what might be another disastrous, planned “reform.” As Billy Ball reported … Continue reading About the NC Gerrymandered Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform

North Carolina’s Continued Passive Aggressive War on Public Education

Rep. Tim Moore’s recent missive in EdNC.org (“Education reforms for North Carolina’s future”) begins with one of the more sweeping fallacies made by many in Raleigh who champion the crippling policies surrounding public education. He starts, “The North Carolina General Assembly is implementing meaningful public school reforms that are popular with parents and students because … Continue reading North Carolina’s Continued Passive Aggressive War on Public Education

The Classroom Library – Getting More Students To Read

If you teach reading or language arts in any capacity in a public school, one of the most dynamic resources you can offer your students is a classroom library. No, not a bookshelf with copies and class sets of school bought books and ancillary materials from past (and now ancient) textbook adoptions. But actual individual … Continue reading The Classroom Library – Getting More Students To Read

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the “Education Endowment Fund” and Those License Plates For Teachers

In May of 2014, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest helped to craft legislation to create a North Carolina Education Endowment Fund that would allow for tax deductible contributions to be made for supporting teacher pay. One of the initiatives of the fund was to sell specialty license plates. As reported in a Feb. 2015 News & … Continue reading Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the “Education Endowment Fund” and Those License Plates For Teachers

Philomath is Where Donald Needs To Go

“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.” – Donald Trump, Jan. 2017. Those words began the inaugural address of one Donald … Continue reading Philomath is Where Donald Needs To Go

School Districts Don’t Need to Manage Money “Better” – Lawmakers Need to Better Fund Schools

Today Lindsay Wagner posted an incredible piece concerning the class size mandate that Raleigh has placed on K-3 classrooms and the effects on local school systems. In "Without action, class size mandate threatens Pre-K in some school districts" on the Public School Forum of North Carolina website, Wagner focuses on Warren County's situation. Without the … Continue reading School Districts Don’t Need to Manage Money “Better” – Lawmakers Need to Better Fund Schools

Hawkins Middle School : How “Stranger Things” Shows Support For Public Schools

The fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana became the epicenter of a lot of “binge-watching” in the last month as the second season of the hit series Stranger Things was released in nine episodes. Following the trials and tribulations of these school-age kids and their families is rather surreal; the music, the fashion, and the hair … Continue reading Hawkins Middle School : How “Stranger Things” Shows Support For Public Schools

A Bye Week Just Means More Time To Prepare

It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. – Paul “Bear” Bryant. The second season starts tonight for high school football as many teams from this area are preparing to play in the first round. And we finally have some football weather to accompany the … Continue reading A Bye Week Just Means More Time To Prepare