“At” The Table or “On” the Table – The Need for Teacher Input in Educational “Reform”

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”

What Chad Barefoot and the NC General Assembly Can Learn From Betsy DeVos About SB599

If you don't remember this past summer, a new bill was introduced to "reinvigorate" the teacher pipeline here in North Carolina. It was called SB599 and was originally championed by Chad Barefoot. It is not too hard to see that the need for a "teacher pipeline" has been on the minds of the NC General … Continue reading What Chad Barefoot and the NC General Assembly Can Learn From Betsy DeVos About SB599

About That John Hood Op-ed on Teacher Pay and “Reasoned Debate”

As the president of the John William Pope foundation and chairman of the board at the libertarian think tank John Locke Foundation, John Hood serves more as a mouthpiece that represents a political ideology which obeys the policies of the American Legislative Exchange Council more than it considers the average North Carolinian. On issues such … Continue reading About That John Hood Op-ed on Teacher Pay and “Reasoned Debate”

National Board Certification Score Release Day – An Argument to Invest More in Teachers

Did you know that North Carolina has more Nationally Board Certified Teachers than any state in the country? Simply go to this site and compare - http://www.nbpts.org/in-your-state/. This morning score reports for those who were seeking renewal were released. If you succeeded, I congratulate you. It's not easy to become and remain certified. When I initially … Continue reading National Board Certification Score Release Day – An Argument to Invest More in Teachers

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

SB599 on Steroids – The Fast Tracking of DeVos and Johnson

This past month, I wrote about SB599 in a post called The Stench of SB599. In it I stated, “The overall premise of this bill is to ensure that we have a proper teacher pipeline going into the schools.”  - Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R- Wilkes, in response to questions about SB599 on House floor in … Continue reading SB599 on Steroids – The Fast Tracking of DeVos and Johnson

The Stench of SB599 – Raleigh Knows Why We Have a Teacher Shortage. They Created It.

“The overall premise of this bill is to ensure that we have a proper teacher pipeline going into the schools.” - Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R- Wilkes, in response to questions about SB599 on House floor in Raleigh on June 26. Senate Bill 599 is the bill (as Alex Granados from EdNC.org reports), that, “allows organizations … Continue reading The Stench of SB599 – Raleigh Knows Why We Have a Teacher Shortage. They Created It.