“If we knew the solution to this problem, we wouldn’t have 505 low performing schools.” - Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on voting for the unproven ISD district to be taken over by an out of state entity whose founder donated to his campaign. Lt. Gov. Forest, our public schools are better than you portray … Continue reading Our Public Schools Are Better Than Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Wants You to Believe
The Incestuous School District (ISD) of NC – Follow the Money to See the Pay-to-Play
In 2016, then Rep. Rob Bryan and the House Committee on Education, pushed through a bill that would establish an ASD (Achievement School District) in North Carolina allowing the control of some of the state’s low-performing schools to be outsourced to out-of-state entities. That ASD was renamed the Innovative School District (ISD) in 2017 in … Continue reading The Incestuous School District (ISD) of NC – Follow the Money to See the Pay-to-Play
The Privatization of North Carolina’s Public Schools – A Who’s Who
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
What Would Mark Johnson Say About This? Probably Not Damn Thing
Today Kris Nordstrom published a post on NC Policy Watch concerning a newly released study from Economic Research Initiatives at Duke University about how charter schools in North Carolina have negatively affected financing for traditional public schools. In "New study calculates charter schools’ negative financial impact on North Carolina school districts," Nordstrom starts, "A new report from … Continue reading What Would Mark Johnson Say About This? Probably Not Damn Thing
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the “Education Endowment Fund” and Those License Plates For Teachers
In May of 2014, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest helped to craft legislation to create a North Carolina Education Endowment Fund that would allow for tax deductible contributions to be made for supporting teacher pay. One of the initiatives of the fund was to sell specialty license plates. As reported in a Feb. 2015 News & … Continue reading Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the “Education Endowment Fund” and Those License Plates For Teachers
What Does Dan Forest Have to Say About Roy Moore?
"If our action in keeping men out of women's bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it. North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children. They are precious and priceless." – Lt. Gov. … Continue reading What Does Dan Forest Have to Say About Roy Moore?
The Incestuous Synergy and Stench of Western Governors University NC
The billboards are already up on I-40. Two are visible in the ride from Winston-Salem to Raleigh. “Western Governors University: North Carolina” It’s a national online university that now has a base here in North Carolina. Have not heard of it? Well, it was proposed rather secretly within the 2015 budget - page 86 to … Continue reading The Incestuous Synergy and Stench of Western Governors University NC
Concerning the Mental and Emotional Health of Public School Students
To say that our young people deserve the best education possible goes without saying, and with the North Carolina General Assembly’s glossy championing of “reforms” like charter schools and vouchers to promote “school choice,” it can be easy to overlook the reality that faces schools when they are underfunded. With all of the talk from … Continue reading Concerning the Mental and Emotional Health of Public School Students
For Once I May Have Liked What Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Said – But Not For the Reasons He Would Like
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s recent comments concerning “bridging the digital divide” at the “Advocacy Day for Making Rural School Districts a Priority” event were actually very heartening to hear – for more than one reason. If you have followed the North Carolina public school funding discussion, disparities between affluent metropolitan areas and economically depressed rural … Continue reading For Once I May Have Liked What Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Said – But Not For the Reasons He Would Like
Every North Carolina Lawmaker Should Read The Recent Research From Stanford University About Public Investment in Schools. I Hear Stanford’s a Decent School.
Public education is a sacred trust of the citizenry, not an open market for capitalistic ventures. If one wants to make the argument that states like North Carolina are free to allow for competition within its public school system, then that person would need to explain how that complies with the state constitution which explicitly … Continue reading Every North Carolina Lawmaker Should Read The Recent Research From Stanford University About Public Investment in Schools. I Hear Stanford’s a Decent School.