We Should Go Back to the 7-Period School Day

Okay. I am just going to throw this out there. I want the seven-period school day back. It’s better for schools. It’s better for teachers. But most of all, it is better for students. The the number of green dots on the above calendar represents the number of times that I have seen and will … Continue reading We Should Go Back to the 7-Period School Day

Raleigh, Buy Us Some Damn Textbooks!

Yes, technology in the classroom can be a great avenue for learning. However, technology for technology’s sake can block many roads for students. And if technology is to be looked at as a simple substitution for other resources to save time and money, then leaders need to be sure that nothing is being sacrificed that … Continue reading Raleigh, Buy Us Some Damn Textbooks!

Dear Betsy DeVos – The Only “Arming” of Teachers Should be Done With Resources and Fully Funded Public Schools

As a teacher, I cannot legally give a student an aspirin tablet. My high school has five counselors for over 2400 students. There is one part-time social worker. There is one school psychologist assigned to multiple schools at one time. A school nurse is on campus only one day a week. As a country we … Continue reading Dear Betsy DeVos – The Only “Arming” of Teachers Should be Done With Resources and Fully Funded Public Schools

Local Supplements For Teachers Mean More Than You May Think

North Carolina’s General Assembly can now make the claim that the average teacher salary is over $50,000 / year. That is at least until it gets rid of its veteran teachers. T. Keung Hui’s report for McClatchy Regional News this past March entitled “N.C. teachers are now averaging more than $50,000 a year” clearly shows … Continue reading Local Supplements For Teachers Mean More Than You May Think

Sen. Bill Rabon’s Seussian Problem

If Sen. Bill Rabon is going to start using Seussian allusions, then he might want to make sure he's read more than one Seuss book. Apparently, Rabon called Governor Cooper a "grinch" in reference to the Seuss character who for most of a beloved children's book attempts to steal Christmas from Whoville. From the News … Continue reading Sen. Bill Rabon’s Seussian Problem

North Carolina: General Assembly Allows School to Drop Out of Its “Innovative School District”

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New Orleans set a new model for privatization by creating the Recovery School District, which turned almost every public school in the city into a charter school. Tennessee copied the model in part by creating the Achievement School District, which gathered the state’s lowest performing schools, almost all in Memphis, and putting them into the ASD to be turned into charters. The ASD made bold promises but flopped. Of course, North Carolina had to copy the idea, so beloved in red states, so it created an Innovative School District. The legislation was funded by an Oregon tycoon, who surprisingly won the bid to run the new district. Sadly, no one wanted to join the ISD. Finally the state managed to corral one school into giving up its status as a public school, and the ISD was launched, with one school, a principal and a superintendent.

Then the state added another…

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“Children don’t care about Republican or Democrat” – Another Reason That School Board Elections Should Never Be Partisan

The above quote was stated by Malishai Woodbury, the new Chairperson of the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County School System (WSFCS). She is the first African-American female to ever hold the post. Barbara Burke was elected Vice-Chair. She is also African-American. Their election by the new all-female school board this past Thursday has highlighted yet another … Continue reading “Children don’t care about Republican or Democrat” – Another Reason That School Board Elections Should Never Be Partisan

Principles Before Personalities – Crossing Party Lines to Help Our Schools

Yes, public education is political. But it does not have to be partisan. Yet, in the last few years, more and more local school board elections are becoming partisan races steering school systems by a GPS system based on political dogma and controlled in Raleigh rather than what is best for the local school system. … Continue reading Principles Before Personalities – Crossing Party Lines to Help Our Schools

The NCGA’s Vote of No-Confidence in the Innovative School District – What Happened in Wayne County

This week the North Carolina General Assembly delivered a provision in a technical corrections bill that in all intents and purposes ruled against its own educational reform effort called the Innovative School District. As many public school advocates know, Wayne County’s Carver Heights Elementary School was the second school selected by the Innovative School District … Continue reading The NCGA’s Vote of No-Confidence in the Innovative School District – What Happened in Wayne County

North Carolina: Tea-Party Legislature Delivers Gut Punch to Public Schools in Lame-Duck Session

Thanks to Dr. Ravitch.

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Stuart Egan describes a parting shot that Tea Party Republicans took, passing legislation to advance charter schools at the expense of public schools.

(A note to the few readers of this blog who continue to believe that charter schools are “progressive,” may I introduce you to the Republican members of the North Carolina legislature? Please be sure to talk to State Senator Phil Berger, who would stamp out public education if he could.)

There are a plethora of ill-fated consequences that can manifest themselves quickly because of this bill. The first three would be felt all over the state. The fourth would only be seen in Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools as it was originally a local bill.

It could raise everyone’s property taxes in the state. Whatever the state now mandates for public schools and does not choose to specifically fund can now be passed on to local school systems.

It potentially…

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