Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 16 of the Convention

Friday, January 31, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Friday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Strong support for school choice

This week is National School Choice Week. We can celebrate that parents have the right to choose the best educational...

Friday, January 30, 2015

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The dilemma of school choice

Bryan and Robin are married and often have very distinct views on the future of education, especially for their children,...

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Schools, communities, and the American Dream

The Durham County Board of Education set an example last week when it approved a $100,000 appropriation as its share...

Day 15 of the Convention

Thursday, January 30, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Thursday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Self-governing schools, parental choice, and the public interest

Editor’s Note: This article has been excerpted from a keynote address Professor Ladd gave in summer 2014 at a conference on...

Day 14 of the Convention

Wednesday, January 29, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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The reauthorization of No Child Left Behind: What do you think?

A generation of students have grown up and been educated in the No Child Left Behind era. Now, it’s time...

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Televisions, tests, and the Constitution

Televisions seem so – well, at best, 1990s. And yet the issues raised in a court case related to televisions...

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Choice experts discuss value of options

The John Locke Foundation held a school choice breakfast today, gathering experts on the subject to discuss the options available...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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iPads, sheep, and solar farms: Students learn about sustainable agriculture and energy

On a Monday in November, middle school students in the Rowan-Salisbury School System received iPads. By Friday, they were out...

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Early learnings from parents who applied for Opportunity Scholarships

Editor’s Note: This week, January 25-31, is National School Choice Week. It is a good opportunity to think about school choice...

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Student U crew sails into college

By her own admission, Casey Barr-Rios had an attitude. No one believed in the middle schooler’s dream of becoming an...

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Views from private schools

Editor’s Note: This week, January 25-31, is National School Choice Week. It is a good opportunity to think about school choice...

Day 13 of the Convention

Tuesday, January 28, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Tuesday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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UNC board confronts teacher shortage

Leaders of the state’s public universities, community colleges, and public schools gathered yesterday to confront a growing shortage of teachers...

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Big ideas to solve teacher shortage

Governor Pat McCrory spoke Tuesday at an education summit held by the UNC System Board of Governors at the SAS...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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North Carolina public education and the muddled history of “parental choice”

This week, January 25-31, is National School Choice Week. It is a good opportunity to think about school choice as...

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Constructing EdNC.org: From clearing the lot to cutting the ribbon

Most people are surprised to learn how long it takes to build a website from scratch. It’s not something that happens...

Day 12 of the Convention

Monday, January 27, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Monday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Kenan Fellows: Making real world connections for our students

Last summer, middle school science teacher Jamie Mosley rode in a bucket truck, hung a transformer and set a power...

Monday, January 26, 2015

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What does an alternative school look like?

Alternative learning schools and programs are designed for students who are in danger of failing or dropping out at a...

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CMS developing “accountability framework” for schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is moving closer to finalizing a plan to evaluate schoolhouse performance — and reward success with greater...

Proficiency and economically disadvantaged students

Economically disadvantaged students (EDS) are in urban, suburban, and rural school districts throughout the state. The maps presented at the...

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Movie: “The Ticket: The Many Faces of School Choice”

This week, January 25-31, is national school choice week. It is a good opportunity to think about school choice as...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Day 11 of the Convention

Saturday, January 25, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Saturday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day 10 of the Convention

Friday, January 24, 1868  The Convention was called to order on Friday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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EdNC: In-depth on Time Warner Cable News with Rob Boisvert

Each month, EdNC sits down with Rob Boisvert of Time Warner Cable News to discuss ed issues in-depth.  

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K12 Inc., likely coming to North Carolina

A.L. “Buddy” Collins, vice chairman of the State Board of Education, said the Board will likely approve the two new virtual...

Friday, January 23, 2015

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Movie review: American Teacher

The tagline of the 2011 feature-length documentary, “American Teacher” reads, “One of the toughest jobs in the world is getting tougher.”...

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Why graduating from high school isn’t enough

Rhetoric matters. So let us ponder the language used to define the goals and frame the purposes of education in...

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee

Created in 1989, this Committee consists of 22 members from both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly. Eleven members...

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School woes aren’t werewolves

Because of the tremendous benefits conferred by better education, it would be great if policymakers knew precisely what silver bullets...

Day 9 of the Convention

Thursday, January 23, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Thursday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Testing in North Carolina isn’t working 

As it’s done now, testing in North Carolina public schools isn’t necessarily the best means to understand what happens in...

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Glazier, Allison debate opportunity scholarships at NCSBA conference

Our public school system is failing some students, says Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom North Carolina. He...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The North Carolina Education Cabinet

In 1992, the North Carolina General Assembly created the North Carolina Education Cabinet to ensure cooperation among all entities of...

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Thinking of community

Today, my mother Alexa Williams would have turned 90 years old. Four days ago, she died peacefully in her sleep....

Day 8 of the Convention

Wednesday, January 22, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Teachers in high-poverty communities need professional working conditions

Editor’s Note: Last week, a report was issued by the Southern Educational Foundation, showing that low income students are now...

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Public School Forum highlights top 10 education issues

Making sense of the new A-F school grading system as well as streamlining enrollments made the list of Top 10...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Getting what we pay for: Teacher salaries, pay-for-performance, and strategic staffing

Is all teaching created equal? Lost in the shuffle of North Carolina’s debates in 2014 about whether and by how...

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The honor in being a public school kid

There is really only one thing you need to know about me. I am a public school kid. I grew...

Day 7 of the Convention

Tuesday, January 21, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Tuesday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

North Carolina State Board of Education

The NC State Board of Education holds the constitutional authority to lead and uphold the system of public education in...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is tasked with implementing North Carolina’s public school laws and the State Board of...

Day 6 of the Convention

Monday, January 20, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Monday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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EdTechBaton, a community-led resource for crowdsourcing technology lessons

There is no shortage of lists like “Best EdTech resources for every classroom” or “My favorite 20 apps for teaching.”...

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175th anniversary of public schools in NC

On January 20, 1840, the first state-funded public school opened its doors in the Williamsburg Community located in southeastern Rockingham...

Monday, January 19, 2015

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How moves a living, breathing legislature?

Last Wednesday was the first official day of the 2015 General Assembly, but it was mostly ritual, with only words...

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson

Children’s book author. Former travel agent. First woman elected Superintendent. June St. Clair Atkinson grew up and attended public schools...

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recruiting teachers from rural NC

Ann Clark says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) should not have to “steal teachers away” from rural North Carolina communities. But that’s...

Proficiency and academically gifted students

N.C. defines academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) students as students who perform or show the potential to perform at substantially...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 5 of the Convention

Saturday, January 18, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Saturday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Day 4 of the Convention

Friday, January 17, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Friday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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UNC System President Tom Ross to step down

In the above video, starting from right is UNC System President Tom Ross followed by UNC Board of Governors Chairman...

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Update: Copyright not an issue on Common Core

An attorney for the State Board of Education told members of the Academic Standards Review Commission that copyright would not...

Friday, January 16, 2015

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Political vortex: Tensions between education and communities

A while back, during a parents’ night at Enloe High School in Wake County, I listened with admiration as a...

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An open letter to my son, Miles

Dear Miles, A few months ago, I had coffee with Mebane Rash. She was launching a new nonprofit, EducationNC, and...

Day 3 of the Convention

Thursday, January 16, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Thursday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey

Tarheel fan. Former congressman. Lifelong learner. William Wilfred Cobey Jr. was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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A year for the courts

I can think of no time like now when we have so many important constitutional issues in education headed to...

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Raising the next generation of teachers

Last month, I got a call from my daughter. A senior at Winston Salem State, I could hear from her...

Speaker of the House Tim Moore

Small town lawyer. Former Boy Scout advisor. Metal recycling company owner. Timothy Keith Moore was born on October 2, 1970...

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Lawmakers preview education plans for 2015

A promise by Republican leaders to raise starting teacher pay to $35,000 could be fulfilled this legislative session if Republican...

Day 2 of the Convention

Wednesday, January 15, 1868 Commons Hall (House Chambers) of the State Capitol  The delegates moved swiftly to the election of...

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Regional teachers of the year announced

Nine teachers are vying for the honor of being named the 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Señor Foust and AVID: Academics, opportunities, and relationships

I have known Henry Foust for a long time, but not as long as he has been teaching. Señor Foust,...

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Superintendents announce vision for public schools

The North Carolina School Superintendents Association released its vision for state public schools yesterday at the Raleigh Convention Center. “The North Carolina...

President Pro Tempore of the NC Senate Phil Berger

Son of a factory worker. Married his high school sweetheart. Former produce manager. Phillip Edward Berger was born in 1952...

Day 1 of the Convention

Tuesday, January 14, 1868 Commons Hall (House Chambers) of the State Capitol The convention met briefly on its first day,...

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Every student deserves the right to reach their potential

Every child deserves an effective education that truly prepares them for success. The data is crystal clear – those states...

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Possible middle school testing changes

The North Carolina State Board of Education Task Force on Summative Assessment Middle School Study Group discussed its preliminary draft...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Digital learning for all of North Carolina’s public school kids

Thanks to the leadership of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, North Carolina is positioned to be a national model for digital...

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest

Architect. Coach. Innovator. Dan Forest was born in Harrisonburg, Va. in 1967 and raised in Charlotte, N.C. He is the...

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EWA conference: Political points of view on the Common Core

The Common Core standards are increasingly a topic of political debate at the local, state and national level. The Education...

EWA conference: The southern context of Common Core

When talking about Common Core, it’s important to consider a southern context for schools below the Mason-Dixon Line. The Education...

Monday, January 12, 2015

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Davis: State’s K-12 needs go far beyond Mecklenburg

Eric Davis was at home, in the throes of the week-before-Christmas rush, when the phone rang. On the other end...

Governor Pat McCrory

Former basketball referee. Movie star. News junkie. Patrick Lloyd “Pat” McCrory was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1956 and raised...

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A journey into the education labyrinth

When my boss, Mebane Rash, sent me the 2014-15 salary schedules and told me to look at principal pay, my...

Mapping N.C. student proficiency

Testing is a big topic in education today. One way to make sense of the result of modern testing of students...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

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Problems exist with principal salary structure in North Carolina

When Katie McMillan became principal of Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School in Raleigh in 2014, she didn’t realize she was...