From Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: Definition of special : distinguished by some unusual quality; especially : being in some way superior : held in particular esteem a : readily distinguishable from others of the same category : uniquethey set it apart as b : of, relating to, or constituting a species : specific : being other than the usual : additional, extra : designed for a particular purpose or … Continue reading What Should Really Be “Special” in North Carolina
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.
Teacher Appreciation Week – Respect Versus Rewards
It is National Teacher Appreciation Week and with a new budget about to be presented by the North Carolina General Assembly's Senate chamber, I thought of this particular post I wrote exactly one year ago. It still seems so appropriate now. From May of 2016: In a recent report from the Lumberton NC paper The … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week – Respect Versus Rewards
Open Letter to Mark Johnson, Candidate for State Supertintendent, Concerning Remarks on Poverty and Student Preparedness
Dear Mr. Johnson, I read with great interest your essay posted on EdNC.org entitled “Our American Dream” on September 7th. Because you are a member of the school board from my own district and the republican nominee for State Superintendent, I was eager to read/see/hear what might distinguish you from Dr. Atkinson. I agree that … Continue reading Open Letter to Mark Johnson, Candidate for State Supertintendent, Concerning Remarks on Poverty and Student Preparedness
Open Letter to Phil Kirk, Chairman Emeritus for the NC State Board of Education
Dear Mr. Kirk, I read with great interest your op-Ed for EdNC.org posted on September7, 2016 entitled “Outlandish myths about NC Republicans and education” (https://www.ednc.org/2016/09/07/outlandish-myths-nc-republicans-education/ ) It originally appeared in The News and Observer on September 6th . Your initial paragraph in which you recount your unparalleled service and experience with education both in public … Continue reading Open Letter to Phil Kirk, Chairman Emeritus for the NC State Board of Education
About That Letter to the Editor in the 9/1 Winston-Salem Journal Concerning “Johnny-Come-Lately Teachers” Who “Bicker”, “Complain”, “Cry”, “Whine” and Have “Little to Zero Standing”. It Deserves a Response.
I read with great interest (actually, many people did) your “Letter to the Editor” from September 1st entitled “Grateful for the raise” (http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/the-readers-forum-friday-letters/article_9eef5d77-bcad-5c1b-9274-b1c01d9e45fc.html) that praised the actions of the current administration and the legislature concerning public education. The full text follows as a reference. “Count me in as a teacher who refuses to bicker and … Continue reading About That Letter to the Editor in the 9/1 Winston-Salem Journal Concerning “Johnny-Come-Lately Teachers” Who “Bicker”, “Complain”, “Cry”, “Whine” and Have “Little to Zero Standing”. It Deserves a Response.
What is a Turd’oeuvre? Well It Has Something to do With A Plagiarized Letter To The Editor
Caution: I cuss in this one. Not too bad, but it might offend your olfactory nerves. I was fortunate to have an op-ed printed in the Winston-Salem Journal entitled “About those teacher slaries and raises…” - http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/stuart-egan-about-those-teacher-salaries-and-raises/article_556420c9-9f7e-5a7b-a7d6-35b8a91e484d.html. Ironically, in the same edition of the paper (August 26th) there was a Letter to the Editor from … Continue reading What is a Turd’oeuvre? Well It Has Something to do With A Plagiarized Letter To The Editor
Local Supplements For Teachers Mean More Than You May Think
When Gov. McCrory signed the latest budget into effect this past July he made sure to mention the election year raises given to teachers first. According to Katherine Peralta’s report in the July 14th Charlotte Observer, The Republican governor says the $22.34 billion budget includes an average 4.7 percent pay increase for teachers across the … Continue reading Local Supplements For Teachers Mean More Than You May Think
Open Letter to Fellow NC Public School Teachers – What We Do Cannot Really Be Measured
Public school teachers, You can’t really be measured. In fact, those who are measuring you do not have instruments complex enough to really gauge your effectiveness. If you are a public school teacher in North Carolina, you are always under a bit of a microscope when it comes to accountability. Everybody in the community has … Continue reading Open Letter to Fellow NC Public School Teachers – What We Do Cannot Really Be Measured
Fifty Shades of No Way – New SBOE Member Todd Chasteen’s First Book To Challenge
Now that Todd Chasteen has now been appointed to the NC State Board of Education, I would like to go ahead and ask that he and others on the board read the latest installment of the Fifty Shades of … book for possible inclusion in schools, or at least in the dialogue of what is … Continue reading Fifty Shades of No Way – New SBOE Member Todd Chasteen’s First Book To Challenge