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Legislative Update: A-F Grading Scale and the Common Core Commission

Two pieces of education news to note so far this week from the General Assembly. The House passed a bill today that...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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22,500 middle schoolers join businesses across the state for Students@Work Week

Gov. Pat McCrory proclaimed March 2-6, 2015 Students@Work Week. Students@Work is a job-shadowing initiative that connects schools and businesses, giving...

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A charter school fills a need for place-based schooling in Lake Lure

It was 4½ hours from Raleigh to Lake Lure – 30 minutes longer than Google thought it would be. These...

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How money is corrupting charter school purpose

This op-ed was original published in the News & Observer on March 25, 2015.   The new charter school movement...

Monday, March 31, 2015

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The children are the future in rural counties

Superintendent Don Phipps talks about his community Superintendent Don Phipps talks about Beaufort County’s Career Academy   “Come back home.”...

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CMS: Budget starts with a $27 million ask

An early look at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools budget process foreshadows another year of tough conversations about how North Carolina and...

2013-14 high school graduation rate demographics

This week’s map continues on the theme of high school graduation rates across the state, and presents these latest numbers...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015

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Learning to do what you love

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

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A Catholic voice for public schools

Forty-five years ago, America magazine published my final paper for the master’s degree I received from the Columbia Graduate School...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Lawmakers renew push to expand North Carolina’s school voucher program

This article was originally published at NCPolicyWatch.com Voucher supporter Rep. Stam hopes to expand program from $10 million to $40...

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Rep. Virginia Foxx: More local control in education

When Virginia Foxx was first elected to U.S. Congress in 2004, she wasn’t sure she wanted to be on the...

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A history full of politics

In one of my earlier presentations on the history of our state constitution I used a subtitle that said something...

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Super Perks, salaries, and turnover

This article originally appeared in the Carolina Journal on March 24, 2015.   Public school superintendents have been in the...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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We can teach our kids that they matter

This op-ed originally appeared in the News & Record on March 22, 2015. This February, my ninth- and 10th-grade students joined...

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The purpose of an education

At the end of January, I had the opportunity to reflect on education and leadership with 18 other heads of...

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Now is the time: Wrap-around services for students

Parents, educators and community leaders, now is the time. Want to improve our schools? Want to help our children? In...

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Opportunity scholarship students meet lawmakers

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger held a press conference on opportunity scholarships with Darrell Allison,...

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Bill studying great principals moves forward

The House K-12 Education Committee moved a bill forward today that would study how to get better principals into North...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards: Some innovations will end up in classrooms, help those with disabilities

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual event in Austin, Texas featuring music, film, and technology. This was my second...

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Rethinking state school districts

We’re 115 school districts in the state of North Carolina. Many are small: 29 less than 3,000 students, 41 less than...

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Listening to the student voice

One of the most frequent refrains in public education is to “do what’s in the best interest of the children.”...

Cohort graduation rates by district, 2013-2014

This week’s map looks at the latest high school graduation rates across the state. While statewide, 83.9 percent of students...

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Civic education gets the vote

This article was originally published on February 12, 2015 in the Carolina Journal. Is civic literacy a 21st-century skill? The...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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VIDEO: NC Public Schools Celebrate 175 Years

Yesterday at the Raleigh Convention Center the North Carolina Association of School Administrators and North Carolina School Public Relations Association held a...

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Punting on Personal Education Plans?

This article was originally posted at NCPolicyWatch.com Lawmakers propose to rid public schools of tool aimed at helping at-risk students ...

Friday, March 20, 2015

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Professional development: The power of the ‘un’ conference

Imagine professional development that leaves you fulfilled, with meaningful resources and tools designed for your personal growth. Hard to imagine,...

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An open letter to my son, Miles: Safe space

Dear Miles, Every day, I watch you investigate the nuances of your environment, already identifying questions and finding answers for...

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VIDEO: Governor McCrory celebrates 175th anniversary of public schools

Gov. Pat McCrory spoke at the 175th Anniversary of North Carolina Public Schools Celebration held at the Raleigh Convention Center...

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Livestream: North Carolina Public Schools 175th anniversary event

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Driver ed funds soon to dry up

The Driver Education Advisory Committee met today and discussed the possibility that the state won’t fund driver education programs as it...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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The inadequacy of the school choice movement: Finding common ground to fix public schools

Editor’s Note: Graig Meyer is on a quest this session to find common ground among legislators for the benefit of...

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An option off the table

The connection between a child being well fed and being able to learn is beyond dispute. That it is more...

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Another hearing set in Leandro case

Judge Howard Manning has ordered an another hearing in Hoke County Board of Education v. State (also known as Leandro) on April 8-9,...

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UPDATE AND CORRECTION: Student health assessments could expand

UPDATE: A bill requiring all students entering the state school system for the first time get a health assessment passed a second reading...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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“Is it hard to educate kids in poverty? Yes. So what? Let’s do it.”

Today was my first visit to a KIPP school. I didn’t even know what KIPP stands for. In case you...

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Common ground on school grades: We need to grade our schools, but we need to grade them differently

Editor’s Note: Graig Meyer is on a quest this session to find common ground among legislators for the benefit of...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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The ongoing search for real common ground in education

Editor’s Note: Graig Meyer is on a quest this session to find common ground among legislators for the benefit of...

Day 55 of the Convention

Tuesday, March 17, 1868 Final Day of the Convention The President not making his appearance at the appointed hour of...

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Open source summer camp in Rocky Mount will do more than just teach kids how to code

Children in Rocky Mount will have the opportunity to learn how to code this summer at a unique summer camp,...

Monday, March 16, 2015

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CMS considers innovative magnet school options

The middle school students are lined up, more or less, at the door of their classroom. They just finished a...

Day 54 of the Convention

Monday, March 16, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Monday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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June Atkinson on the state of education

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson doesn’t necessarily think anyone is out to dismantle public education in the...

Demographics and free or reduced lunch by district, 2012-13

This week’s map looks at the intersection of two previous topics: student demographics and free and reduced lunch applicants. The...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Day 53 of the Convention

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

Friday, March 13, 2015

Day 52 of the Convention

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

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Superintendent of Public Instruction: Out you go?

One bill filed this session would scrap the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education, and...

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Polling and politics

Prelude In the current semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I have focused my Public Affairs...

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Common Core State Standards: Many changes needed, include teacher voices

Part I: Public School Forum declares book closed on Common Core, whistles past many shortcomings In his article “Maintaining rigor...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day 51 of the Convention

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

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Where are our students?

If you are looking for our 1.7 million children of school age in North Carolina, here is where you will...

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N.C. leaders: Invest now to magnify the impact of great teachers on students, peers

North Carolina will never make the educational strides it needs until the best educators have far greater impact, for a...

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Dispatch: Contention in the Committee Room

Members of the General Assembly’s Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education heard a presentation on the Governor’s proposed budget today. But a dispute erupted between...

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James Ford named chair of Teacher Advisory Committee

Governor Pat McCrory met with his Teacher Advisory Committee yesterday and announced 2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year James...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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The Governor’s budget prioritizes K-12 public schools

Governor McCrory’s proposed 2015-16 budget would be the first since 2008-09 to make public education a true priority in North...

Day 50 of the Convention

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

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EdAdvocacy 201: 13 tips for luck with the legislature

In EdAdvocacy 101, EdNC shared with you the basics of the legislature and the legislative process. Here are my 13 tips...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Day 49 of the Convention

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

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Top five myths of the public school budget

Ninety percent of North Carolina’s children attend public schools, and educating all 1.5 million of them costs the state about...

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Technology is breaking down barriers in Rutherford County

When I was invited to tour Rutherford County Schools and see their “Going G.L.O.B.A.L.” 1:1 device initiative, I didn’t know...

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Flipping the classroom

I recently took a trip to Research Triangle High School in Raleigh. It’s a charter school that uses a flipped...

2013-2014 district and school demographics

This week’s maps look at the demographics of students during the 2013-14 school year. The maps show students by race...

Day 48 of the Convention

Monday, March 9, 1868  The Convention was called to order on Monday 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.  

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McCrory’s budget includes funding for enrollment growth, new teaching jobs

The governor’s recommended budget is somewhat like the prologue of a long, meandering novel. It may give us a hint...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Day 47 of the Convention

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

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What it will take to buck trends, foster great teaching

This op-ed was originally published in The Charlotte Observer on February 20, 2015. Forty-five years ago, my mother became a teacher....

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Looking beyond the horizon — to 2060

Elected officials, especially lawmakers, regularly get denounced for short-range vision. And for sure, there’s some truth to the accusation that,...

Day 46 of the Convention

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

John Tate’s remarks at his final meeting of the State Board of Education

After 12 years, it’s time for fresh blood:  fresh thinking, fresh questioning, fresh “rocking of the boat” from my seat. ...

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Lots going on: Demographics, the budget, and dropout and discipline reports

Dramatic demographic shifts are in store for North Carolina schools, according to a report presented during Thursday’s State Board of...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Day 45 of the Convention

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

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Train wreck in progress

Editor’s Note:  Today is John Tate’s last meeting after serving 12 years on the State Board of Education and eight years...

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Sen. Tillman: Scrap principal salary schedule

Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman says he wants to scrap the state principal pay schedule this session.  In the Joint Appropriations...

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North Carolina public school teachers and the status of tenure

This article was originally published on the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government’s NC Local Government Law Blog on March...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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EdAdvocacy 101

Much of my career has been spent trying to make sure people across the state are comfortable and confident walking...

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2015-17 North Carolina General Assembly Education Committees

EdNC has leadership profiles on each of the members of the education committees in the House and Senate, including the...

Day 44 of the Convention

Wednesday, March 4, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Wednesday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Lawmakers get breakfast with a side of disturbing facts

Tracy Zimmerman, executive director of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation, gave lawmakers a crash course in brain science Tuesday...

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Getting ready for the education budget: Legislative changes to the K-12 budget, 2011-15

To think about the Governor’s budget, which we expect to be released this week, and the budget that the legislature...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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With NC school grades out, let the dialogue begin

This op-ed was originally published on February 6, 2015 in the News & Observer. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction...

Day 43 of the Convention

Tuesday, March 3, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Tuesday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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Food for thought: Federal school nutrition regulations put the pressure on meal programs

This article was originally published in the Hickory Daily Record on March 2, 2015. In the cafeteria at Newton-Conover High...

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McCrory takes students to work

One of the pillars of Gov. Pat McCrory’s education agenda is the notion that students must be trained for the...

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CMS building space equal to 21 skyscrapers

Mecklenburg voters will likely be asked to approve a new school bond referendum next year to address the county school...

Day 42 of the Convention

Monday, March 2, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Monday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...

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North Carolina’s K-12 leadership pipeline

The first assignment of school performance grades for North Carolina’s schools put K-12 public education in the headlines. Conversation and...

Mapping Title I schools

This week’s map looks at the percentage of schools that receive Title I funding. Title I is a federal program that...

Day 41 of the Convention

Saturday, February 29, 1868 The Convention was called to order on Saturday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the...