When Education Reformers in NC Talk About Advanced Roles, Did They Mean This?

In the summer of 2017, BEST NC released an op-ed on EdNC.org about Shamrock Gardens Elementary School and their use of “advanced roles” for educators. And the piece made reference to BEST NC’s Education Innovation Plan, a bit of which is outlined below.

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The key to Shamrock Gardens’ remarkable success is not based on just one thing – there really is no silver bullet in education. They clearly have a great school leader, which is paramount for any organizational transformation. And teachers respect their students – or “scholars”, as they have been dubbed. However, the rest of their recipe for success revolves around sound design principles that private sector employers strive for every day: supporting developing employees, creating clear career paths for leaders, and adapting their delivery of services based on data to meet ever-changing needs.

That last part says, “creating career paths for leaders, and adapting their delivery of services based on data to meet ever-changing needs.”

Makes one wonder if one of those roles might include what John Cole’s latest political cartoon on NC Policy Watch refers to.

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That bill referred to in the cartoon is Senate Bill 192, the School Security Act of 2019.

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A 5% raise for a teacher to carry a gun and be “deputized.”

That’s not an “advanced role.” That’s a failure of government to attack the root causes of school shootings.