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A gathering for good

Yesterday, July 30th, EdNC and the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation gathered together with over sixty community leaders at Maureen Joy Charter...

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Dinner a mile high: What makes a leader?

As I sat across from my fellow Bezos Scholars, cotton drifting in the wind like snow and the sun beating...

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House hears from public on Senate budget plans

The House Appropriations Committee heard opinions from members of the public on budget plans from the Senate yesterday.  Teacher assistants...

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Next steps after a 4-3 vote

Editor’s Note: As a reminder to our readers, Ann McColl is an attorney and was a part of the litigation...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Threading together ed issues: Common Core, testing, and opt-out

I just checked the voter registration statistics for our state. There are 2,623,597 registered Democrats; 1,936,906 registered Republicans; 1,761,742 registered...

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New $30 million early childhood initiative launches in Forsyth County

Children ages birth to five in one North Carolina county will now have more help and better supports preparing for...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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No good excuse for child hunger

Last week, the latest Leandro hearing was held in Wake County. The purpose was to review the state of North Carolina’s plan...

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N.C. students need the best of all budgets

Over the past year, Business for Educational Success and Transformation (BEST NC) – a bipartisan, nonprofit group of business leaders...

Annual report

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Building literacy: One reader and writer at a time

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 1:30pm EST to reflect a correction to the statistic on students reading below...

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STEM Academy in Hoke County: Lighting a fire

“The reason that we developed the camp was so that students would be exposed.” “If we look at our nation,...

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Dr. Atkinson tweets about the State’s plan

Today, Dr. Atkinson took to Twitter to ask citizens to dig further than the Leandro hearing when thinking about the state’s...

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An obstreperous school board meeting in Halifax? You decide

During the latest round of hearings last week in the Leandro lawsuit, one topic came up again and again: local school...

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A tragically missed opportunity

The attorneys representing the school districts that originally filed the suit leading to the Leandro decision recently asked me to...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

NC STEM Center e-Update

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

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Legislators form pre-K caucus

Looking beyond the current legislative session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers met a few days ago to begin a process...

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Beating the odds and student poverty

Dear Miles, My experiences as an education administrator in North Carolina have been primarily with students who are poor, minority,...

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Troubled waters: Local school boards

Ann McColl, my good friend, once again writes effectively in sharing her opinion on local boards. In this case, I lean...

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Opportunity Scholarships constitutional

The North Carolina Supreme Court released its ruling today in Hart v. State, the case which tests the constitutionality of...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Dealing with obstreperous board members

On Tuesday — the first day of a three-day hearing on the State plan to address constitutional deficiencies in providing a...

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First in education

As a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 5th district for 20 years (1975-1995), I have...

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Public Impact announces Opportunity Culture success

Public Impact has released data showing that some of the first schools to use Opportunity Culture models — which extend the...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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Healthy ever after

“Every morning a million North Carolinians get up and go to work for wages which leave them below the poverty...

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Bus lines

As a college student I always enjoyed dining in downtown, strolling through city parks, and smelling the stench of sun beating...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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A teacher’s summer: Space camp

In May, I read a Congratulations! on my iPhone screen as my Gmail notifications began to bing, my kids all...

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A test for North Carolina

Several weeks ago, I faced a daunting task for any hopeful teacher candidate: I took the Praxis exam. The first of...

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Governor’s Education Cabinet discusses education’s future

Governor Pat McCrory‘s North Carolina Education Cabinet convened on July 15th and discussed his vision for a changing education system...

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NC sets higher bar

Texas, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New York, and North Carolina are in an exclusive club. Can you guess its membership policy? I’m...

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School garden advocates hoping for connection to improved child health

Megan Lewis wanted to see kids get more hands-on when it came to school science curriculums. Rather than sticking a...

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Does Uptown Charlotte need a high school?

If you haven’t been to Uptown Charlotte recently, and perhaps even if you have, the first thing you notice is...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Senate post conferees for budget

Yesterday, the Senate posted its conferees to negotiate House Bill 97, the 2015 Appropriations Act. Senators Harry Brown (R-Onslow), Kathy Harrington...

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Propelling ‘misfits’ into college: A high school reform that works

Over the past two decades, data have piled up that show the diminished economic value of a high school diploma....

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U.S. Supreme Court rules that child’s statements to teachers are non-testimonial

On June 18th the U.S. Supreme Court decided Ohio v. Clark, 576 U.S. __, 135 S. Ct. 2173 (2015), holding...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Why a co-equal independent judiciary matters

For the last two weeks, I have focused on two court cases that raise fundamental governance issues of the constitutional...

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Coach K: Quality preschool is a win for everyone

Just eight and a half minutes into our ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal, the scoreboard read “Notre Dame 18, Duke...

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House posts conferees for budget

Yesterday, the N.C. House of Representatives posted its conferees to negotiate House Bill 97, the 2015 Appropriations Act. Rep. Nelson...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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EdNC’s Annual Report

EdNC’s first fiscal year ended on June 30, 2015. Whew — we made it! Thank you for your support. Thank...

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White Plains Childrens Center: The power of inclusion

When you approach the White Plains Children’s Center in Cary, NC, it doesn’t seem like anything special. Located behind White...

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Defending public education

When public education has to defend itself against the state’s General Assembly in order to function effectively, those in government...

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Breaking News: State Board of Education receives favorable ruling against Rules Review Commission

The State Board of Education has received a favorable ruling today in its lawsuit against the State’s Rules Review Commission. The...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Open source coding camp for beginners hopes to expand to more communities

For one week in June, 45 middle and high school students gathered in classrooms at Rocky Mount Academy to learn...

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Is social media good for our professional advocacy?

When you put the words “social media” and “teachers” in the same sentence, warning bells often go off. I remember...

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Lessons on effective and thoughtful school leadership

As the coordinator of the Master of School Administration Program at Campbell University, I have a theme for each of...

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Making summer reading fun

Now that the first few weeks of summer break are behind us, it’s about time for parents across the state...

Saturday, July 11, 2015

NC STEM Center e-Update

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

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Education ‘polarizes’ legislative Republicans

Americans have grown accustomed, though not really reconciled, to partisan polarization. A chasm on specific issues and in overarching world-views...

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A teacher’s summer: Leading professional development

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone, upon learning that I’m a teacher, says to me, “Oh, well...

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NAEP gives NC proficiency standards high scores

North Carolina is doing a great job with its proficiency standards, at least according to the National Assessment of Educational...

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State Board of Education moves forward with testing study

The State Board of Education reviewed plans to change the assessment paradigm in North Carolina schools today via conference call,...

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Congress chews over the pros and cons of school lunch regulations

In May, students at Tuckaseegee Elementary School in Charlotte had a U.S. Senator passing out broccoli and corn in the...

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More arguments on power

Last week I wrote about Berger v. McCrory and the oral arguments before the North Carolina Supreme Court – a...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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A K-8 school in Bar Harbor, Maine: Local investments in whole child development

My mentor and colleague, Ran Coble, taught me that you can visit a place or you can take the time...

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Lucky

Years before Robin Williams took to his desk in Dead Poets Society to urge his students to “look at the...

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Former teacher of the year joins Public School Forum

The Public School Forum of North Carolina announced today that popular 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year James Ford...

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STEM education in North Carolina

“My background in STEM is going to give me a leg up in my future career.”– Mackenzie Lamb, 10th graderWake...

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Kids learn out-of-the-box thinking and gracious professionalism at RoboFest

Early on a Saturday morning at Lenoir Rhyne University’s Shuford Gymnasium, a crowd of cheering parents lines the bleachers. “La...

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Fiction from EdNC

In the tradition of summer fiction, EdNC offers stories today that allow us to explore in a more creative way...

A road paved by Hemingway

I roamed the hallway of Santana Road High School, relishing the momentary peace. I could imagine myself king of the halls...

Second school

At home The twins whispered under the blanket, negotiating who would go to school the next day. This was a new...

Fresh air

The room is hot. Sweltering. My legs stick to the chair, and I rub my arm along the cool metal...

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Rising Writers: Working together expands love of writing in high school and elementary school students

I wanted to take the student mentor experience and apply the idea to those struggling with writing in elementary schools...

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How strict rules are making school lunches unsustainable

School may be out for summer, but lawmakers in Washington are already thinking about what will be on the lunch...

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Why do some schools serving low-income populations get As?

This week we have tried to uncover why some schools serving low-income populations received As during the February release of the...

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Data context for education debate

As we launched EdNC.org six months ago, we promised to offer policymakers, educators, business executives and citizens access to research...

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The rise of the home schools

You can’t miss the newspaper headlines about charter schools and vouchers. With the cap lifted on charter schools, they have...

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Principles of change

Recently, I read a powerful blog post by George Couros, which if you don’t follow him on Twitter, you really need...

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Henderson Collegiate: A school built on idealism

For our last school, we’re taking a departure from the formula we used for this investigation. Instead of visiting another...

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Arguments far apart

The oral arguments at the North Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday make clear that North Carolina’s governors and the highest...

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House hears stakeholder opinion on budget

The House Education Appropriations Committee heard concerns and suggestions at today’s meeting from interested education groups, many of which praised...

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TAs fight for their jobs at General Assembly

Teacher assistants descended upon the General Assembly Tuesday to voice their grievances with the Senate’s budget plan to ax more...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Riverbend Elementary School: Excellence and intimacy

You can’t miss Riverbend Elementary School. As you turn down the street leading to the school, you are met by...

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Rutherford College Elementary: Another community school

Rutherford College Elementary is a school in the town of Rutherford College located in Burke County. The town is small...