The “Ignoramasaurus Rex” – How The Average Teacher Pay Increase in NC is Not Really Real

T. Keung Hui’s report for McClatchy Regional News entitled “N.C. teachers are now averaging more than $50,000 a year” is really not what it appears to be simply because that average salary is being bolstered by the very people that the NC General Assembly wants to rid the state of: veteran teachers with due-process rights. … Continue reading The “Ignoramasaurus Rex” – How The Average Teacher Pay Increase in NC is Not Really Real

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

“Snowbirding” on the Court of the Class Size Fix

When a player on a basketball court refuses to go and play defense and only wants easy passes for wide open shots to pad their stat sheet, that player is "snowbirding." Rather than doing the heavy lifting, playing hard to make a stop and secure the rebound, this player raises his hands, yells for the … Continue reading “Snowbirding” on the Court of the Class Size Fix

Open Letter to Rep. Chuck McGrady About His Empty Class Size Mandate Explanation

Dear Rep. Chuck McGrady, I read with great interest your recent missive “Class Size: A Simple Explanation of the Issue.” While I appreciate your wanting to explain the issue in what you may think is a truthful manner, I must admit that it just rehashes the same argument made by many others in the General … Continue reading Open Letter to Rep. Chuck McGrady About His Empty Class Size Mandate Explanation

When Your State Superintendent Won’t “Rally”‘ For Public Schools

Rally (noun) - 1a : a mustering of scattered forces to renew an effort 2: a mass meeting intended to arouse group enthusiasm (merriam-webster.com) It is the right of every American to come together and peacefully speak out for an issue. What someone rallies for speaks for their interests and values. When a lawmaker or an elected official … Continue reading When Your State Superintendent Won’t “Rally”‘ For Public Schools

A Must Read: Kris Nordstrom’s “The Unraveling—Poorly-crafted Education Policies Are Failing North Carolina’s Children”

There are a few people who, when they write about public education, I automatically read. And I read Kris Nordstrom's work. A former research and policy analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly, Norstrom now is an analyst for the Education & Law Project for the North Carolina Justice System. His eyes see public education … Continue reading A Must Read: Kris Nordstrom’s “The Unraveling—Poorly-crafted Education Policies Are Failing North Carolina’s Children”

Sue Sylvester Would Repeal The Unfunded Class Size Mandate in NC And Make Public Schools More “Glee”ful

It is not hard to imagine one of the legislative offices at the North Carolina General Assembly to be inhabited by yet another individual who refuses to repeal the class size mandate that threatens to hurt our public schools. Someone so dead-set against the arts that he/she would sabotage their funding with lies and antagonistic … Continue reading Sue Sylvester Would Repeal The Unfunded Class Size Mandate in NC And Make Public Schools More “Glee”ful

A Convenient Lie, Or Rather The NCGA’s Deliberate Distortion of the Truth

Remember when Sen. Chad Barefoot said this in February of 2017 concerning House Bill 13? “For years, the General Assembly has been sending tens of millions of dollars to districts for new classroom teachers for the purpose of lowering classroom sizes,” he said. “The question we keep asking over and over again is, ‘What did … Continue reading A Convenient Lie, Or Rather The NCGA’s Deliberate Distortion of the Truth

Not Ready to Lead: Mark Johnson’s Empty List of Accomplishments

After almost one full year in office, Mark Johnson has shown that he is not ready to be a leader. In fact, he seems rather satisfied with going around in circles. The State Superintendent's most recent op-ed on EdNC.org entitled “North Carolina Public Schools: Accelerating into 2018” is simply a long extended comparison between the … Continue reading Not Ready to Lead: Mark Johnson’s Empty List of Accomplishments