As reported yesterday by many outlets, Mark Johnson announced a reorganization at the Department of Public Instruction, one of the many results of a recent court case that took over a year to settle and an audit that cost over a million dollars which said that DPI was underfunded. Alex Granados of EdNC.org published the … Continue reading About That ReOrg at DPI And What The Hell Is a Deputy Superintendent of Innovation?
Rally (noun) – 1a : a mustering of scattered forces to renew an effort 2: a mass meeting intended to arouse group enthusiasm (merriam-webster.com) The following tweet came from our state superintendent on June 25th of this year. It is the right of every American to come together and peacefully speak out for an issue. What someone rallies for speaks … Continue reading Our State Superintendent Will Rally, Just Not For Public Schools
...but it would mean going against the wishes of those who control him, and it would also break tradition of actually serving the public school system. From WRAL's Kelly Hinchcliffe this past June 29: State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Friday that the Department of Public Instruction is eliminating 61 positions – 40 employees and 21 … Continue reading How Easily Supt. Johnson Could Have Prevented the Recent Department of Public Instruction Purge…
For years the official state motto for North Carolina has been "Esse quam videri" which is Latin for "To be, rather than to seem." This motto (along with "In God We Trust") is part of a bill that would have all public schools in North Carolina display such words for all to see. The "In … Continue reading “To Seem, Rather Than to Be” – The Motto of the State Superintendent
On Monday, Johnson was busily entertaining former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and a multitude of other politicians who have made it their job to privatize public education in North Carolina. On Friday, he laid off 40 people from the Department of Public Instruction due to a budget cut made by many lawmakers in the same … Continue reading The State Superintendent Meets With Privatizers on Monday, Then 40 People Were Laid Off at DPI on Friday
For a public official, how one is perceived by the public for whom he serves is of vital importance. Carefully crafted press releases and talking points are crucial in at least giving the appearance of integrity. For instance, take this tweet about the Teacher Working Conditions Survey from June 11th from Mark Johnson: If it … Continue reading Appearance Vs. Reality – Mark Johnson’s Universal Theme
"While it is unfortunate that it took more than a year and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to resolve this matter, the positive news is that we will be able to utilize the data-driven analysis to reorganize DPI to help the agency focus on its core mission of supporting educators, students and parents across … Continue reading If Mark Johnson Wants to be “Data-Driven,” Then He Might Want to Look at the Data
Read this only if you want need further evidence that the Innovative School District here in North Carolina is a pay-to-play ploy by privatizers in North Carolina. "An ex-North Carolina lawmaker received financial benefits for his work with a nonprofit that stands to win a state contract with the public school takeover program he helped … Continue reading More Proof That the Incestuous School District (ISD) of NC is a Pay-to-Play Scheme
If Mark Johnson is willing to run for doughnuts, is he willing to walk with teachers on May 16 in a day for advocacy in support of public schools? Unfortunately, most teachers in this state already know the answer to that question. Of all the issues that have surrounded NC and the General Assembly's assault … Continue reading The Office of The NC State Superintendent – Where Doughnuts Are More Important Than Public Schools
Over fifteen months into office, State Superintendent Mark Johnson is hiring more people loyal to him while in the midst of a lawsuit over the constitutionality of a power grab that happened the month before he took an oath to advocate for public schools. North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson has created two … Continue reading Why the Hell Is Mark Johnson Hiring More Public Relations Personnel?