When the GOP won control of both houses in the North Carolina General Assembly in the elections of 2010, it was the first time that the Republicans had that sort of power since 1896. Add to that the election of Pat McCrory as governor in 2012, and the GOP has been able to run through … Continue reading A Decade Of Dismantling Public Education In North Carolina – Twenty-Three Egregious Attacks By The NCGA From 2010-2019
With 2020 just around the corner and primaries just over two months away, the need for a candidate to try and control the narrative on hot-button issues is important. Even if that candidate is not really telling you the whole story. It happened last week in the Winston-Salem Journal on December 21st (on the 20th … Continue reading You Can Believe The Privatizing Professional Politician About Public Education Or A Veteran Public School Teacher & Parent
Any experienced, veteran teacher here in North Carolina knows the differences in the salary schedules that have guided pay for the last ten years. Sometimes one graph can put things into sharp perspective. Derek Scott has been following trends in public education and possesses that gift of explaining concepts that many politicians hope to keep … Continue reading Negative $31243: Career Change in Pay Received – The North Carolina General Assembly Does Not Want to Have Veteran Teachers
There seems to be something amiss when your high school’s football team plays a home game before students even attend their first class. Why? Because we start school too late in North Carolina. As it stands right now, a special provision in the budget bill in the 2012 legislative session (Senate Bill 187, Session Law … Continue reading Again, Why Do We Have Exams After The Winter Break? Change The Calendar!
Like every other year, 2019 has been a rather contentious, perplexing, and frustrating year for public school advocates. There is simply a lot working against us. However, that only means that we keep fighting for public schools. As the new year arrives, it might be worthwhile to review the top public education issues that surround … Continue reading The Top Educational Issues From 2019 That Need Our Attention in 2020
Dear Santa, With gerrymandered districts and continued emphasis on using public taxpayer money to finance unproven reform efforts that do more to privatize and divide our student bodies, I thought it might be worth adding a few items to my holiday wish list. Sure, I want efforts to clean our environment and hold entities accountable … Continue reading This North Carolina Teacher’s Letter to Santa
Since we are in the heart of the holiday season, I tend to think of this part of Dickens’s classic holiday novella. “At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and … Continue reading “Pro-Life” Means Taking Care Of Those Who Are Already Born
Mark Johnson is officially running for LT. Governor of North Carolina. He is going to fight the "Deep State." From NC Policy Watch: So what is the "Deep State?" "Influential members of government" involved in the "manipulation or control of policy?" Or maybe the manipulation of how the public views government policy like public education? … Continue reading Dear Mark Johnson: I Just Found That “Deep State” – Go Get ‘ Em!
It should not take a festive holiday season for people to realize that prioritizing the needs of others is of utmost importance. That's absolutely one of the most wonderful things about working with teachers and other public school professionals in our public schools: they constantly prioritize the needs of students. And those needs are not … Continue reading One Of The Best Gifts We Give Our Students And Should Ask Others To Give As Well
The graphics below chart actual data during the time that Craig Horn has been a member of the North Carolina General Assembly. They also are linked to policies and mandates created while Gov. Pat McCrory was governor. Catherine Truitt was McCrory's Senior Advisor on Education for part of his term. It would be interesting to … Continue reading Craig Horn And Catherine Truitt Are Running For State Superintendent. They Need To Explain Some Things.