The Only Real Conclusion About NC’s School Performance Grades Is That Too Many of Our Students Live In Poverty in a Gerrymandered State

Below is a map provided by EdNC.org that plots the most recent school performance grades across North Carolina. Next is a map of the economic well-being of each NC county as reported be the North Carolina Department of Commerce.   The LIGHTER the shade of blue, the more economic “distress.” This is how it was determined according to … Continue reading The Only Real Conclusion About NC’s School Performance Grades Is That Too Many of Our Students Live In Poverty in a Gerrymandered State

Teachers Should Be Political, Especially Here in North Carolina

In the state of North Carolina, over 56% of the state budget is dedicated to public education, most of which goes to K-12 (and pre-K) education. It’s specifically stated in Article IX of the state constitution that the state establish a free and viable means of educating school age-children. Sec. 2.  Uniform system of schools. … Continue reading Teachers Should Be Political, Especially Here in North Carolina

About That Pathetically Inadequate Common Core Survey From Mark Johnson

Last week in a politically motivated stunt, State Superintendent Mark Johnson decided to use DPI's ties to Powerschool's database to send out a survey concerning a fabricated campaign platform. Actually it's a red-herring - a smelly fish meant to distract the senses from the truth. Not to mention unethical. Just look at the survey - … Continue reading About That Pathetically Inadequate Common Core Survey From Mark Johnson

Letting Rep. Tim Moore Become Chancellor Of East Carolina University…

... would be like letting an arsonist loose in a drought-ridden forest and giving him matches and gasoline to play with knowing that someone else would have to pay for the damage. Please do not forget that the assault on public education in North Carolina by people like Tim Moore and Phil Berger has not … Continue reading Letting Rep. Tim Moore Become Chancellor Of East Carolina University…

One Year Ago Tonight – That “Dinner” and Mark Johnson’s #NC2030 Plan

No, I was not invited to the “Dinner” exactly one year ago. I was at a school function with some incredibly talented students trying to raise money for the Drama Department to keep the arts vibrant in our school. But many people shared quotes and there was a live stream video and, of course, Johnson … Continue reading One Year Ago Tonight – That “Dinner” and Mark Johnson’s #NC2030 Plan

This Teacher Does Not Want To “Build Bridges” Or “Have A Seat At The Table” With Berger & Moore; I Want Them Out Of Power

Simply put, it’s hard to build bridges in this state with those who are making the very divides that separate us. Before the Great Recession took hold of the country, North Carolina had what was considered one of the more progressive public school systems in the Southeast. That is no longer the case. While other … Continue reading This Teacher Does Not Want To “Build Bridges” Or “Have A Seat At The Table” With Berger & Moore; I Want Them Out Of Power

NoMoreCommonCore.Org: When Mark Johnson Forgets What Happened in 2017

Mark Johnson is running to be Lt. Gov. so that he can sit on the very state board of education that he literally fought against for almost two years in court over a power struggle. His platform? No more Common Core. And he finally has a website for his campaign - less than three weeks … Continue reading NoMoreCommonCore.Org: When Mark Johnson Forgets What Happened in 2017

Dear Winston-Salem / Forsyth County, Recruit & Retain Great Teachers And Pass The Sales Tax Referendum

Within the last ten years, the number of teacher candidates in this state’s education schools have decreased by approximately one-third, the North Carolina Teacher Fellows was dismantled and then brought back as a shadow of its former self, graduate degree pay bumps were removed for new hires in 2014, and longevity pay for teachers was … Continue reading Dear Winston-Salem / Forsyth County, Recruit & Retain Great Teachers And Pass The Sales Tax Referendum

“I’m Also A Lawyer” – Then Our State Superintendent Should “Honestly Demean” Himself

Last August Mark Johnson wanted you to know that he’s a lawyer in an email that has probably the best first line ever from a high ranking official in the past few years Look at all of the different “excuses” as to why State Superintendent Mark Johnson has not fully come clean about a unilateral … Continue reading “I’m Also A Lawyer” – Then Our State Superintendent Should “Honestly Demean” Himself

What Bloomberg Said About Teachers and Class Size

It might be worth watching this video. https://twitter.com/i/status/1228201209900625921 In this speech, Bloomberg said, “If I had the ability, which nobody does really, to just design the system and say, ex cathedra, this is what we’re going to do, you would cut the number of teachers in half, but you would double the compensation of them, … Continue reading What Bloomberg Said About Teachers and Class Size