This past summer the North Carolina General Assembly emphatically snubbed the state’s public school system when it refused to send a statewide infrastructure bond to the ballot in November to let voters decide on a 1.9 billion dollar package to help rebuild crumbling public schools around the state. It is also issuing a ballot choice … Continue reading Almost Two Years Since He Was Elected And What Has State Supt. Mark Johnson Done? When the Leader of the Public Schools Refuses to be Part of the Public
Month: October 2018
The Cover of New York Magazine: Victims of School Shootings From 1946–2018, in Their Own Words
And to think of what happened at Butler High School today. This expose of survivors is gut-wrenching. And needs to be read by every lawmaker.
The “Ignoramasaurus Rex” – How The Average Teacher Pay Increase in NC is Not Really Real
T. Keung Hui’s report for McClatchy Regional News this past spring entitled “N.C. teachers are now averaging more than $50,000 a year” is really not what it appears to be simply because that average salary is being bolstered by the very people that the NC General Assembly wants to rid the state of: veteran teachers … Continue reading The “Ignoramasaurus Rex” – How The Average Teacher Pay Increase in NC is Not Really Real
North Carolina’s Man-Made Educational Climate Change
NASA’s Global Climate Change website is dedicated to educating people about human influence on the environment. Under the “Scientific Consensus” tab it states, “Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals1 show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities” (http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/). … Continue reading North Carolina’s Man-Made Educational Climate Change
Summer Miles, Fall Smiles – Titans Win Boys and Girls Cross Country Regionals
Today a first occurred for West Forsyth Titan Athletics - both the boys and the girls' teams won the Regional Meet. While both have qualified to run as teams in the state meet, the fact that both teams won today's regional meet against rather stiff competition was impressive. This was the first meet I have … Continue reading Summer Miles, Fall Smiles – Titans Win Boys and Girls Cross Country Regionals
National Board Certification Renewal Score Release Day – An Argument to Invest More in Teachers
Did you know that North Carolina has more Nationally Board Certified Teachers than any state in the country? Simply go to this site and compare – http://www.nbpts.org/in-your-state/. This morning score reports for those who were seeking renewal are being released. If you succeeded, I congratulate you. It’s not easy to become and remain certified. When I … Continue reading National Board Certification Renewal Score Release Day – An Argument to Invest More in Teachers
Stop the Privatization of NC’s Public Schools – It Starts At the Polls
Remember Michelle Rhee’s visit to North Carolina last year for a “closed-door” meeting (February 7th ,2017) with lawmakers brokered by an educational lobbying body of business leaders called BEST NC (coupled with the NC GOP’s invitation to Betsy DeVos who had just been confirmed as Trump’s secretary of education)? It was another ominous omen of what has been … Continue reading Stop the Privatization of NC’s Public Schools – It Starts At the Polls
Dear North Carolina Lawmaker, Exactly What is the Job Description of a Public School Teacher?
Almost four years ago, Sen, David Curtis delivered a rather uneducated response to a letter from a young teacher in which he outlined a close-minded viewpoint of the teaching profession (http://wunc.org/post/teacher-email-legislators-draws-harsh-reply#stream/0). Needless to say, it garnered quite a response from teachers around the state. Other public education critics have gone out of their way to … Continue reading Dear North Carolina Lawmaker, Exactly What is the Job Description of a Public School Teacher?
Lowering Hiring Requirements in Rowan-Salisbury School System is Simply a Bad Idea
From WSOCTV.com on October 23: The Rowan-Salisbury School District is considering making changes to hiring requirements for teachers as it looks to widen the field of candidates to educate your children. A new proposal being considered by the district drops a four-year college degree requirement for applicants hoping to be hired as a teacher. Instead … Continue reading Lowering Hiring Requirements in Rowan-Salisbury School System is Simply a Bad Idea
Do Not Believe The Hype of #NCSuccessStory – Spinning a Narrative on NC’s Public Schools
Sen. Phil Berger is playing politician again. In this election year, he and his GOP comrades have ramped up their “strong talk” on their commitment to adequately fund public schools and pay teachers a comparable salary on the national level. And part of his talk is defending himself against the vicious attacks from those who … Continue reading Do Not Believe The Hype of #NCSuccessStory – Spinning a Narrative on NC’s Public Schools