Beginning this month, a “Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform” is meeting in Raleigh to start “investigating” how to “best” fund public schools with state money. And they are now looking at possibly eliminating the salary schedule for public school teachers and what might be another disastrous, planned “reform.” As Billy Ball reported … Continue reading About the NC Gerrymandered Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the “Education Endowment Fund” and Those License Plates For Teachers
In May of 2014, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest helped to craft legislation to create a North Carolina Education Endowment Fund that would allow for tax deductible contributions to be made for supporting teacher pay. One of the initiatives of the fund was to sell specialty license plates. As reported in a Feb. 2015 News & … Continue reading Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the “Education Endowment Fund” and Those License Plates For Teachers
Mo(o)re Misguided Missives – A Response to Rep. Tim Moore’s Words on NCGA’s Education “Reforms”
Dear Rep. Moore, I read with great frustration and yet great amusement your op-ed that appeared on November 9, 2017 on EdNC.org (“Education reforms for North Carolina’s future”). You begin your farce of an attempted explanation of what has happened to public education in NC with. “The North Carolina General Assembly is implementing meaningful public … Continue reading Mo(o)re Misguided Missives – A Response to Rep. Tim Moore’s Words on NCGA’s Education “Reforms”
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”
The Misguided Narrative Over Differentiated Teacher Pay In North Carolina
“This idea that the school is a harmonious community and that teachers aren’t competing with one another is patently false. Teachers are constantly competing with one another. They want to outdo each other. They want to be a better teacher than the teacher down the hall. That doesn’t mean they’re not going to collaborate.” – … Continue reading The Misguided Narrative Over Differentiated Teacher Pay In North Carolina
Actually Mr. Hood, NC Should Re-institute Graduate Degree Pay For Teachers For Many Reasons
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 Actually Mr. Hood, NC Should Re-institute Graduate Degree Pay For Teachers For Many Reasons
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.
The Hypocritical Time Machine – Reflecting on Sen. Chad Barefoot and Rep. Rob Bryan’s 2014 Op-Ed About Teacher Pay
On February 8th, 2014, the Charlotte Observer posted a special op-ed on its website and published it the next day in the actual paper. It was a viewpoint penned by two political figures whose actions have helped shape the policies that confine public education in North Carolina today. Those two people were Sen. Chad Barefoot … Continue reading The Hypocritical Time Machine – Reflecting on Sen. Chad Barefoot and Rep. Rob Bryan’s 2014 Op-Ed About Teacher Pay
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
Protected: An Open Letter to Rep. Craig Horn – Someone Plagiarized Your “Incontrovertible Truths”
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