Today Is A Win For NC’s Public Schools

Four days before the midterms elections - some great news for North Carolina public schools. In the eighteen years since, despite some steps forward and back, the foundational basis for the ruling of Leandro II has remained unchanged: today, as in 2004, far too many North Carolina schoolchildren, especially those historically marginalized, are not afforded … Continue reading Today Is A Win For NC’s Public Schools

Want To Fight Learning Loss? Go Back to the 7-Period School Day

Okay. I have said it before – even before the pandemic but… We need 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. In years past, winter weather and Winter Break obviously can take away a great amount of time I see … Continue reading Want To Fight Learning Loss? Go Back to the 7-Period School Day

Look What Your Lt. Gov. Is Teaching Our Students

From the man who established a baseless task force to find instances of indoctrination, called for more discipline in schools, and espouses his Christian faith. Look who's indoctrinating now. Top GOP official in the state. Sits on the State School Board. Doesn't believe in systemic racism. Students spend more time on social media and on … Continue reading Look What Your Lt. Gov. Is Teaching Our Students

This School System Lost A Great Educator Today

Stan Elrod may have been retired but he was still teaching and as student-centered an educator as any person could ever be. When I first worked in the WSFCS system, he was guiding a flagship school known for its history and strong programs, and then he earned one of the greatest rewards that a lifelong … Continue reading This School System Lost A Great Educator Today

Remember This Privatizer Now Works At DPI

This is a guy who is so against unions that he penned this in 2020 against public employee collective bargaining power: A guy who contributed to Truitt’s campaign: Last summer, he appeared with the new Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson at a press conference announcing an “indoctrination” hotline to allow the public to report teachers to a … Continue reading Remember This Privatizer Now Works At DPI

A Place Where The Least Qualified Person Can Make The Biggest Decisions For Public Schools: The Local School Board

It's funny that in many elections on the local level, people who are running for seats at least have on average a good grasp of what the job entails. That's not always true for the local school board. For many candidates it appears that having little to no knowledge of what actually happens in public … Continue reading A Place Where The Least Qualified Person Can Make The Biggest Decisions For Public Schools: The Local School Board

Equity vs. Equality – Ignoring The Part Of The Iceberg Under The Water

With CRT, indoctrination, grooming, and other false hoaxes used to fuel school board election platforms, another topic has crept into the public dialogue: equity versus equality. Below is a video of an explanation given by a WSFCS school board candidate in which she explains that we should promote her concept of "equality" over a generalized … Continue reading Equity vs. Equality – Ignoring The Part Of The Iceberg Under The Water

Do You Really Know Who Has Endorsed These School Board Candidates?

Primaries are in the past. The real thing happens in a little over two weeks. School Board Elections. Listen to the words and then try and match their claims with the reality of schools. The less a candidate has actually been in our schools and seen the realities of public education, the more prone that … Continue reading Do You Really Know Who Has Endorsed These School Board Candidates?

Maybe Something To Consider Before You Vote For School Board Candidates

From an NPR / IPSOS poll reported last spring: “By wide margins – and regardless of their political affiliation – parents express satisfaction with their children’s schools and what is being taught in them.” As a teacher, it is rather mind-boggling that in an age of heavy standardized testing, technological advancements that allow for remote … Continue reading Maybe Something To Consider Before You Vote For School Board Candidates

You Don’t Have To Vote A Straight Ticket Or Use All Of Your Votes In This Next School Board Election

It sounds a little nonsensical to tell people to not vote a straight party ticket or use all of your votes when voting for school board members. And there are good reasons why, at least for this veteran high school teacher. To say that all people in the same political party want the same things … Continue reading You Don’t Have To Vote A Straight Ticket Or Use All Of Your Votes In This Next School Board Election