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Melding ideas

When I was in law school in 1990, my friend Margaret Barrett and I started a book club. Over the...

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The Senate’s move to reauthorize No Child Left Behind: What does it mean for NC?

It’s been a long few months since Congress started working on a major overhaul of No Child Left Behind, the...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Moore Square Magnet Middle School: Educators take note

Last Thursday, 57 educators from across the country visited Moore Square Magnet Middle School in downtown Raleigh. The tour was...

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Shooting for the future

Over the past few weeks, people across the country have been glued to the NCAA March Madness tournament. Every year,...

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Crossover chaos

With two days to crossover, the General Assembly is a chaotic machine as committees rush to get bills to the floor...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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The scoop on EdNC

EdResources Education news aggregation Every morning, Mebane combs through local, state, and national news to find the headlines important to...

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North Carolina State Teacher Voice Network

Bryan and Emily Hassel, of Public Impact have written,“North Carolina will never make the educational strides it needs until the...

Monday, April 27, 2015

SAT scores and participation by school, 2013-14

This week’s map looks at SAT scores and participation at the school level in 2013-14. Choose your district and a...

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CMS budget requests money for “North Star”

Since Ann Clark officially became Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent earlier this year, she’s rarely made a public appearance without uttering five...

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Legislature poised to address principal pay and leadership development

A little more than 100 days ago, EducationNC launched. Slightly more than a month before that, EducationNC CEO Mebane Rash...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Judge Manning issues notice of hearing and order in Leandro

On April 24, 2015, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning issued a notice of hearing and order in the Leandro case....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

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A president enters N.C. school debate

The modern presidency seems as located on Air Force One as in that grand white mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue. Presidents...

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An open letter to my son, Miles: The Black community, police violence, and our schools

Dear Miles, A friend recently asked me how the Black community organizes around the issue of police violence. Most of...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Federal schools on military bases in North Carolina

The Federal School System Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) …this state is home to two federal school districts —...

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The importance of nurturing principal leadership

“I believe the Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy allowed me to become the type of servant, holistic leader that is needed...

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Senate Bill 480: Political activity of employees of state and local boards of education

The Education/Higher Education committee in the N.C. Senate took up Senate Bill 480 today. A PCS (proposed committee substitute) was...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Representing

Last fall at my last Kenan Fellows Professional Institute, all we discussed was educational policy and advocacy. I really took what we...

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Celebrating our first 100 days

Just 100 days ago On January 12, EducationNC launched an online platform at EdNC.org, and we invited you — all of...

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It’s all about the children

EdNC launched on January 12, and after 100 days there are many war stories to be told, but only one...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Facing brutal facts: A window of opportunity to rethink education in North Carolina

Good politicians and savvy policymakers understand how to take advantage of a window of opportunity.  Step number one is to...

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The challenge of special education: Illiteracy and behavior

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, EducationNC sponsored a panel discussion on special education at the Disability Rights North Carolina conference held...

2013-14 SAT scores and participation

This week’s map looks at SAT scores and participation in 2013-14. The SAT exam measures the critical reading, math, and...

Monday, April 20, 2015

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What does being a Core Advocate mean to me?

On the weekend of March 14-15, 2015, I attended the “Becoming a Core Advocate” training in Raleigh, hosted by Student...

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Triangle High Five: A letter to the Academic Review Standards Commission

Dear Academic Standards Review Commission members, These districts serve more than 234,000 students. On behalf of Triangle High Five, a...

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A package of education bills emerges

UPDATE: All four bills passed the House K-12 Education Committee with a favorable report. Click on the bills to see...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Clark, Merrill, and 15 superintendents state their case: A message to Congress on ESEA

The following Commentary represents the views of 17 school superintendents whose districts make up the Large Countywide and Suburban District...

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Instead of suspension: Alternative strategies for effective school discipline

Across North Carolina and the country, school boards and superintendents, school administrators and teachers, parents and community leaders have acknowledged...

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Overcoming lingering “semantics of division”

A weekend burst of spring cleaning unearthed a dusty box containing editorial-page columns that I wrote in 1993-94, my last two...

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Early childhood budget trends in North Carolina

It’s budget time for the state – a good opportunity to review North Carolina’s history of early childhood investments. Investing...

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Scholars work to dispel myths about public schools, CMS

Misperceptions and misunderstanding about public education in general and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in particular are common. Introducing the topic of...

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Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina responds to research on charter schools

Earlier today, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) issued a press release in response to a charter school study released earlier this week...

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KIPP Durham goes door to door

Tammi Sutton, the executive director of KIPP Eastern North Carolina, thinks changing education will change the poverty in our communities. ...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Charter volleyball in North Carolina

As the head of the NC Public Charter Schools Association, I read charter news alerts daily from all over the...

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Mental health advocates share their stories with lawmakers

Mental health advocates shared their stories with legislators to persuade them to protect funding for mental health, expand access to...

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Give Five – Read Five: Connecting schools and communities to promote summer reading

Summertime can be filled with days at the pool or beach, trips to see family and friends and spending time...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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A is for Affluent

What would you think if state legislators created a new A-F school grading system based on poverty, giving A’s and...

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The Beginning Teacher Network of Wake County: Empowering BTs to propel change

In the most transformative stage of a teacher’s career, the beginning, the motto is simply to “stay alive.” Studies show...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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The economics and politics of the school calendar

Currently, school boards in North Carolina and 12 other states are not permitted to begin the school year before a...

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Teaching and leading literacy

  The ability to read is fundamental to full participation in a democratic society and serves as the basis for...

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National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading names NC Early Childhood Foundation lead organization

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has named the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) as the lead organization for North Carolina. The Campaign...

Monday, April 13, 2015

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Lawmakers: “Buckle up” for busy weeks in Raleigh

Three Charlotte-area lawmakers say they expect a flurry of activity at the General Assembly in the coming weeks, after a...

2013-14 high school graduation rate demographics by school

This week’s map shows high school graduation rates at the school level and presents the latest numbers for various demographic...

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Rep. Craig Horn: The education legislator

Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union) is the education legislator. It’s an odd moniker considering he only moved to the state in...

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Celebrating our assistant principals

NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared the week of...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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History of assessments in North Carolina

Remember Governor Pat McCrory’s 2015 State of the State Address?  He said, “We will eliminate unneeded testing by next year.” The...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

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Senator Hartsell’s legislation points NC forward

State Sen. Fletcher Hartsell has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 463, that points North Carolina forward. The bill contains two simple sentences:...

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Local flexibility coalition presses ahead with battle

Anybody pushing for legislation that gives local calendar flexibility to individual school districts would be forgiven for feeling disheartened by...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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School calendar: A local decision

Local education authorities (LEAs) are given the responsibility by the Department of Public Instruction of raising student achievement. Consequently, LEAs...

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The General Assembly’s blind spot on advocacy

A Senate bill waiting its turn to be heard in the Senate Education Committee would gag superintendents, principals, and teachers...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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High school scheduling

There is an issue troubling our education system: the school schedule. The high school start and stop dates, in particular,...

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Charter school legislation filed 20 years ago in North Carolina

What do these policymakers have in common? They voted for charter schools back in 1996: then-Senators Roy Cooper (D-Nash) now...

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Appeals court decision in Union County case

The N.C. Court of Appeals has sent the Union County Schools budget dispute back to trial, holding that the trial...

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New teacher of the year crowned

Today, Keana Triplett was named the 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year at The Umstead Hotel and...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Photos: Charter schools and students

This month, EdNC is featuring photos of North Carolina charter schools and the students at those schools. We would like to...

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Our one size fits all school calendar does not work

Education in North Carolina has been beset by many well-documented issues for several years. Budget woes, teacher shortages, and increased...

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River of local flexibility legislation hits political dam

If you go on the EdNC legislative tracker right now, you will see at least 43 bills across the House and the...

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The school schedule dilemma

On a crisp spring morning a few weeks ago, teenagers traipsed through the parking lots at South Mecklenburg High School...

2013-14 high school graduation rates by school

This week’s map looks at the latest high school graduation rates across the state at the school level.  While statewide...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

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I quit teaching because I love children

Recently, I had to make a tough but necessary decision. As I entered my 23rd year of teaching in North...

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Paying lip service to career readiness

This article was originally published in the Carolina Journal on April 2, 2015.   For today’s students ― tomorrow’s earners...

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Spotlight on women leaders engaged in education in Buncombe County

It takes leadership on all levels to create lasting change. When I ask myself who around me inspires others through...

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Rural vs. urban = lose-lose

Legislation that would redistribute sales tax revenues to local governments has reignited the old image of “two North Carolinas.” The...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Citizen Schools celebrates collaboration

Yesterday in Charlotte, Citizen Schools held its annual Celebrating Community Collaboration breakfast.  In seven states in 32 schools in 14 communities...

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How the inseparable connection was broken

Governance for education is established in the North Carolina Constitution. A bill has been filed to amend this governance structure,...

The sacred path to educating Cherokee students

In Swain County, just past a field of elk and a trout stream, on the Qualla boundary, also known as...

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One in 10 N.C. middle-schoolers have attempted suicide

This article was originally published in Wilmington StarNews on March 30, 2015.  The article is based on the 2013 N.C. Youth Risk...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Who would want less for their children?

As I read the piece, The Numbers Add Up To This: Less and Less Opportunity for Poor Kids by Marilyn...

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Clay County centrally locates its schools on one campus to ground the community: Ag program takes root

This article is the second in a series this week on schools in Western North Carolina.   Clay County Schools In...