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?
The GOP-led NC legislature’s 2013 decision to end graduate degree pay bumps for new teachers entering the teaching profession was not only misguided, but another wave in the assault on public education here in the Old North State. I confess there exist numerous studies that have shown that advanced degrees do not correlate with higher … Continue reading The North Carolina General Assembly Should Pass HB 1051 – Restore Master’s Supplement for Teachers
Of the many incredibly clever, spot-on, and ingenious signs from the May 16th march and rally in Raleigh, this one has remained my favorite. "Can Anyone Here Proctor?" This gentleman was everywhere. That's what made this sign so powerful - there is always a test to be administered and there is always a need for … Continue reading Every North Carolina Lawmaker Should Be a Proctor for a State Exam
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
“But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic — their irises are one-yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a … Continue reading West Jones Street, The NC General Assembly, and The Eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg
In a day and age where STEM-linked educational initiatives are heavily marketed in the educational and political arenas, it is sometimes hard for this English teacher to not want to reiterate that a study of literature is just as vital. Furthermore, looking and reflecting on great works of literature is a genuine way to study … Continue reading Literature Assignment for the North Carolina General Assembly – Sparknotes Won’t Help on the Test
West Virginia. Oklahoma. Kentucky. In those states, teachers are not “walking out” and confronting lawmakers because of singular issues like salary, benefits, or working conditions. They are marching for respect. What lawmakers in those states are learning very quickly is that there is a difference between rewarding teachers and respecting the teaching profession. A reward … Continue reading Marching For Students & Rallying for Respect
Dear Fellow Educator, I first want to tell you that I admire what you have chosen to do as a career. Teaching in today’s public schools is not easy. I know as I am in my 20th year of teaching. I still love my job. I still love being with the students. Outside of my … Continue reading An Open Letter From a Veteran North Carolina Teacher to Young Teachers – You Are Vital
Our public schools are better than you may think. Probably a lot better. With the constant dialogue that “we must improve schools” and the “need to implement reforms,” it is imperative that we as a taxpaying public seek to understand all of the variables in which schools are and can be measured, and not all … Continue reading Our Public Schools Are Better Than the NCGA Would Want You to Believe
News last week that DPI is allocating almost $5 million to early grade literacy seems most welcome. As reported by Liz Bell of EdNC.org: The Department of Public Instruction is distributing a total of $4.8 million from funds allocated by the state in 2016 as part of its Read to Achieve initiative for “literacy support” in early … Continue reading Dear State Supt. Johnson, $200 Per Teacher? How About Fight For More Per Student? Much More.