Saturday, February 28, 2015

Day 40 of the Convention

Friday, February 28, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Friday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Getting ready for the education budget: What you need to know from 2014-15

Between the campaign ads last fall and the negative headlines that dominate coverage of our schools, it is hard to...

Friday, February 27, 2015

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Black History Month: “We will not let you fail”

I still hear the voice of my 8th grade teacher in my ear every time I enter my school and...

Day 39 of the Convention

Thursday, February 27, 1868 The convention was called to order at 10:30 o’clock. The official reporter of the convention, the...

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Who teaches North Carolina’s public school students?

Through the budget that it approves and the policy legislation that it enacts, the General Assembly has a profound influence...

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Poverty = low performance? Maybe not

Much of the fallout from the A-F school grades focuses on the correlation between poverty and low performance. Many people have...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Opportunity scholarships: The importance of questions

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”1 This perspective seemed especially appropriate to me while sitting in...

Day 38 of the Convention

Wednesday, February 26, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Differentiated pay pilot faces vague future

Seventy five school districts have submitted differentiated pay proposals to the General Assembly for a pilot program, but lawmakers do...

Wednesday, February 25

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Rep. Alma Adams: Education is the great equalizer

The U.S. Congress can seem far removed from North Carolina’s classrooms. Their debates, lawmaking, and partisan bickering doesn’t always seem...

Day 37 of the Convention

Tuesday, February 25, 1868  The Convention was called to order on Tuesday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Failing to invest in NC children erodes our very foundation

This story was originally published in the News & Observer on February 21, 2015. I am the product of the...

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Suspension and the achievement gap

When we talk about narrowing the achievement gap in our nation’s schools, we often talk about things like poverty and...

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News Release: North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program Leaves Legacy of Effective Teachers Across the State

RALEIGH, NC  (February 24, 2015) – The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, a teacher preparation and scholarship program that recruited...

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Let’s bring Western Governors University to North Carolina

This article was originally posted at The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. North Carolina, now the tenth largest...

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Education bills start to pour in

As the North Carolina General Assembly gears up, education bills are being filed in both the Senate and the House.  Multiple bills...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Educators, entrepreneurs join forces at Triangle Startup Weekend: Education

This past weekend, educators, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers gathered in NC State University’s Hunt Library with one common goal: to...

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Reimagining school lunch

Day 1: Panang chicken curry Vansana Nolintha, owner of Bida Manda, Raleigh, NC Vansana Nolintha, who immigrated to Raleigh from...

Day 36 of the Convention

Monday, February 24, 1868  The Convention was called to order on Monday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

Monday, February 23, 2015

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A portrait of poverty on a cold morning

The children, maybe a couple dozen of them, stood in tight groups in the early morning darkness. A couple sported...

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Spotlight on Jones County schools: Growing our students one child at a time

In the wake of the state’s release of school letter grades, many people on both sides of the aisles have...

Free lunch applications versus reduced lunch applications

This week the maps take a closer look at free and reduce lunch applicants for elementary schools. While students who...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day 35 of the Convention

Saturday, February 22, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Saturday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Day 34 of the Convention

Friday, February 21, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Friday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Local school districts submit plans to the General Assembly for differentiated teacher pay pilot

This article was originally published at ncpolicywatch.com Seventy five of North Carolina’s 115 school districts have submitted teacher compensation proposals...

Friday, February 20, 2015

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Schools drive local economies

With more than 175,000 employees arrayed across 115 local districts, the reach of the North Carolina public schools extends beyond...

Day 33 of the Convention

Thursday, February 20, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Thursday at 10 o’clock, with Mr. Cowles absent, Mr....

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Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards

As the North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission enters its sixth month of work, several recurring themes have emerged that...

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In Lee County, education is economic development

Career and college readiness has been gaining ground in education due to changes in our economy and workforce. Educational systems...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Day 32 of the Convention

Wednesday, February 19, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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A Principal’s perspective: It’s time for the state to restructure the salary schedule for principals

I wish I could win the lottery and be able to volunteer to do my job. That would allow me...

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Common Core: States need high standards – by any name – for kids to succeed

How second graders are doing the math and why the rest of us can “get it” too This story was...

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The missing picture

“The people have a right to the privilege of education and it is the duty of the State to guard...

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Poll indicates North Carolinians think public education going in wrong direction

For a second year, a High Point University survey of North Carolina residents shows that more than half (54 percent) of the...

What Do A-F Grades Really Mean for NC Schools?

This post originally appeared on ncpublicschools.com The state’s first round of A-F School Performance Grades certainly made news headlines across the...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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School gardens provide work force training for our students

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn,” said Benjamin Franklin. This quote...

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Rising STARs: Program for students with learning differences lights the fire

Stacy Parker-Fisher of the Oak Foundation in Chapel Hill says it all started with this premise, “What if you took...

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What happened to the Common Core?

Originally published on September 3, 2014 in Harvard Ed. Magazine. Reprinted with permission of Harvard Ed. magazine and the Harvard Graduate...

Day 31 of the Convention

Tuesday, February 18, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Tuesday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Common Core: We can do better in North Carolina

I believe North Carolina should have the highest education standards in the world, but we can do better than Common...

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Lettuce learn to grow and eat healthy food

The benefits of utilizing gardens as outdoor classrooms have been well documented and are supported by a variety of practitioners...

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Why school gardens are important

Editor’s Note: The 2013 N.C. General Assembly’s Legislative Study Committee on Food Desert Zones found that “School gardens are an...

Day 30 of the Convention

Monday, February 17, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Monday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Common Core Commission gets new co-chair

Tammy Covil is replacing Jeannie Metcalf as co-chair of the Academic Standards Review Commission. Metcalf said the position had become...

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Communities In Schools: Helping students succeed

Communities In Schools across North Carolina (CISNC) served more than 230,000 students across the state in the 2013-14 school year,...

Monday, February 16, 2015

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Eric Guckian and James Ford talk education

Gov. Pat McCrory singled out many people for recognition during his state-of-the-state speech, but two of them stand out when...

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Searching for a house — and school information

My wife and I started shopping for a home last week, at the right time for us, but perhaps at...

Free and reduced lunch at the school level

This week’s maps take another look at students applying for free and reduced lunch (FRL), now at the school level....

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Is the debate over education’s Common Core the wrong debate?

In North Carolina and around the country, a heated debate is taking place over whether states should use what are...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Day 29 of the Convention

Saturday, February 15, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Saturday at 10 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.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Day 28 of the Convention

Friday, February 14, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Friday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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School bus cameras under review for price, effectiveness

Mark Williams, a bus driver with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS), said he has to jot down the make, model...

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School principal: “With dignity, we own our D”

Christy Slate, the principal of Silver Valley Elementary, sent this letter to policymakers and EdNC about her school’s letter grade....

Friday, February 13, 2015

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An open letter to my son, Miles: Fatherhood

Dear Miles, Eleven months ago, you arrived on this earth. I felt tremendous pressure, a weight of responsibility. I filled...

Day 27 of the Convention

Thursday, February 13, 1868  The Convention was called to order on Thursday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Why some testing is important

Governor Pat McCrory used his State of the State address to insert himself into the state and national debates over...

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Wilson Academy of Applied Technology brings students to industry

One of the pillars of Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan for schools is education that teaches skills employers want. He visited...

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The flawed formula for North Carolina’s A-F grades

This article was originally published in NC Policy Watch. State assigns low grade to high poverty school that achieves remarkable...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Day 26 of the Convention

Wednesday, February 12, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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The educational Tower of Babel: Ed groups no longer advance a common agenda

In the year following a general election, North Carolina’s General Assembly convenes for what is called “a long session,” a...

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Finding the price tag

On a rainy workday in January, my wily German Shepherd, Axel, got bored and chewed a hole in my sofa....

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State budget shortfall grows

The state’s top economist is now predicting that what was supposed to be a $200 million shortfall will, in fact,...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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NC Policy Watch panel on vouchers

NC Policy Watch held a conversation on the constitutionality and policy implications of vouchers today. “Crucial Conversation – The constitutional...

Day 25 of the Convention

Tuesday, February 11, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Tuesday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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No longer invisible: Homeless students

My boys attended Wiley Elementary School here in Raleigh on St. Mary’s Street when they were younger. For most of...

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Addressing the impact of poverty on student achievement

Release of the first letter grades for North Carolina public schools on February 5 led to predictable debate over their...

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Hope Street Group bringing teacher fellowships to NC

Editor’s Note: The Hope Street Group State Teacher Fellows should not be confused with the Public School Forum’s teaching fellows program.  The...

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Cumberland County schools asking state to change funding formula

This article was originally published in The Fayetteville Observer. The Cumberland County schools need funding help from the state, officials...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Day 24 of the Convention

Monday, February 10, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Monday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Gaming for education

EdTech is not new. In its current form with a focus on computers, it has been around since at least...

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Tackling race in the Asheville City Schools: Community organizations take the lead

Before we jump in, let me introduce you to two organizations. The Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF) is a nonprofit...

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School grades teach lessons

Those who care about education reform learned a lot on February 5 when North Carolina released its first letter grades...

Monday, February 9, 2015

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CMS: Grades are “snapshot” of district’s success

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools outpaced the rest of the state on the first North Carolina School Performance Grades, but leaders say they’re...

Mapping applications for free and reduced lunch

This week the maps look at the percent of students at the district level applying for free and reduced lunch....

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Access to healthy food: Are schools the solution?

In 2012-13, according to data from the NC Department of Public Instruction, 56 percent of the student population in schools...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day 23 of the Convention

Saturday, February 8, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Saturday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Day 22 of the Convention

Friday, February 7, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Friday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Governor reacts to A-F Grades

In a press release issued yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory reacted to the release of the A-F school grades.  — Raleigh,...

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day 21 of the Convention

Thursday, February 6, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Thursday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the Chair....

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Superintendents worry state report cards don’t tell the whole picture

Originally published in The Dispatch on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Local superintendents agree as leaders of the three school systems...

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The making of education policy: Who has the power?

The NC General Assembly’s committees layer complexity upon complexity in the governing of schools and the making of education policy....

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D & F: How to consider low school letter grades

I have been worrying about the grade my youngest son’s school would receive for weeks. And, on Thursday, February 5,...

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Superintendent, Democrats react to A-F grades

The state released its first A-F school performance grades for all North Carolina schools today, and the results are a...

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State Board of Education approves two virtual charter schools

The State Board of Education approved Thursday two virtual charter school applicants for a four-year pilot program. The General Assembly’s budget last...

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Sen. Josh Stein wants to change A-F grade formula

Ahead of the release of A-F grades for schools across the state, Democrat Sen. Josh Stein filed a bill yesterday...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Charting accountability

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a chart worth? In this case it is an inspection...

Day 20 of the Convention

Wednesday, February 5, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Our schools: Film photography

The film photography of Todd Brantley reminds us that our public schools are beautiful and important spaces in our communities....

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The impact of budget changes on public schools

Four public school superintendents gathered at the North Carolina Central University School of Education on Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics,...

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Gov. Pat McCrory makes big promises on education

Gov. Pat McCrory talked teacher pay, testing, and university research during his State of the State Address to the General...

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BEST NC unveils draft vision for schools, wants feedback

BEST NC released its draft vision for North Carolina schools today, highlighting three main strategies: support students, elevate educators, and raise...

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House, Senate file bills to restore teaching fellows

In 2014, the State General Assembly ended funding for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, which offered free scholarships to...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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The case for case management

Editor’s Note: EdNC has invited the National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI)-NC to be a regular contributor. According to the state’s estimates...

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Effective case management: Lessons learned the hardest way

Transition plans are critical for kids with mental health issues as they move in to adult services. Every parent I...

Day 19 of the Convention

Tuesday, February 4, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Tuesday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Regional Principals of the Year announced

The state has selected eight public school principals as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year.  “Congratulations to...

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Press Release: Study finds disparities in local school funding

The Public School Forum of North Carolina released its 2015 study of local school finance and found disparities between local...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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EdNC.org: An open source platform by and for the community

“The software is copyrighted, but instead of using those rights to restrict users like proprietary software does, we use them...

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How should we measure teaching and learning in North Carolina?

The last three instructional days have made me stop and think about the validity of assessments for students. Seniors enrolled...

Monday, February 2, 2015

Proficiency and Limited English Proficiency/migrant students (LEP/MIG)

The maps this week look at lesser-known subgroups of students.  These include Limited English Proficient (LEP) students and migrant students. ...

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In speech, Clark highlights CMS successes and challenges

Ann Clark said she wanted to “put a face” on the work that happens inside the district’s 164 schools. To...

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Schools, food deserts, and tiramisu: EdNC’s search for common ground

When I first started looking into food deserts, I spelled it “desserts.” You know, like tiramisu. I knew a lot...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day 17 of the Convention

Saturday, February 1, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Saturday at 11 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...