Remember Michelle Rhee’s visit to North Carolina last year for a “closed-door” meeting (February 7th ,2017) with lawmakers brokered by an educational lobbying body of business leaders called BEST NC (coupled with the NC GOP’s invitation to Betsy DeVos who had just been confirmed as Trump’s secretary of education)? It was another ominous omen of … Continue reading The Privatization of North Carolina’s Public Schools – A Who’s Who
You can be either “at” the table or “on” the table. For teachers in North Carolina, there are many other prepositions that could identify the relationship between the legislation process and teacher input such as “under” the table, “without” a place at the table, or “behind” the table. But we are really never “at” the … Continue reading “At” The Table or “On” the Table – The Need for Teacher Input in Educational “Reform”
In October 2017, the venerable James Ford of the Public School Forum delivered the keynote address at the North Carolina English Teacher’s Association. It was more than exceptional as Ford highlighted that what hurts our schools most are external factors that are not being dealt with such as systemic poverty. Part of his presentation included … Continue reading EVAAS, The Iceberg Effect, and Stranger Things – The Secretive Way NC Measures Teachers and Schools
When you are the North Carolina General Assembly and you want to stop a string of court decisions that have declared your unconstitutional acts “unconstitutional,” then you change the judicial system in your favor. Or at least try. When you are the North Carolina General Assembly and you want to remain in power on West … Continue reading Our Schools Are Not Failing; Our Policy Makers Are – On Raleigh’s New Way of Measuring Schools
“Legislation is not an exact science. We do things that we think will help solve an issue.” – Craig Horn in EdNC.org on Sept. 21, 2017. Rep. Craig Horn’s quote was in response to what he called “overblown fears” concerning the new principal pay plan newly implemented this school year (https://www.ednc.org/2017/09/21/principal-pay-situation/). However, considering what this … Continue reading Every Principal in NC Has The Right to Speak Out Against This New Principal Pay Plan – It’s “Political Crap”
Dear. Mrs. Berg and BESTNC, Today I read your reactionary response on EdNC.org concerning BESTNC’s explanation of the new principal pay plan that has received some much well-deserved criticism. It was nice to finally see BEST NC take responsibility for this absolutely detrimental policy. Without taking the time to mince words, I want to thank … Continue reading Open Letter to BEST NC About Their Principal Pay Plan (and Their Shallow Response to the Push-back).
A recent WRAL / Capitol Broadcasting Company opinion piece that appeared on Sept. 19th on WRAL.com attested that the inflated rhetoric surrounding the North Carolina General Assembly’s so-called support of public education was nothing more than partisan hot air. “Editorial: N.C. school budget's defects emerge as students settle in” highlights two specifically glaring shortcomings to … Continue reading Why BEST NC is Not “Best” for NC
This past February, Michelle Rhee came to North Carolina for a “closed-door” meeting (February 7th)) with lawmakers in a visit that did not sit well with public school advocates. In fact, this meeting was brokered by an educational lobbying body of business leaders called BEST NC. This meeting with Rhee was passed off as a … Continue reading About That New Horrible Principal Pay Plan? Ask BEST NC. They Seem to Love It.
When it pertains to academics, it is not a good practice to not cite sources or to claim credit for ideas and concepts that are not yours. The same applies to the business world especially when it is relates to a business consortium talking about academics. Simply put, Brenda Berg and BEST NC attempted to … Continue reading Trying to Own What Is Not Yours – BEST NC, Shamrock Gardens Elementary, and Opportunity Culture
This past week, BestNC’s president and CEO Brenda Berg published an op-ed on EdNC.org focusing on Charlotte’s Shamrock Gardens Elementary School and its success at transforming itself into a school where all teachers are high-performing and student proficiency has risen “by 15 points – from 42% to 57% – an achievement reached by fewer than … Continue reading About That BEST NC Perspective on Shamrock Gardens Elementary – It Was the Community, Not the Model