NC and SC Superintendents of Education talk ed policy and politics

The debate around education is acute. It is passionate. It is emotional. In this episode of Carolina Business Review, join...

Monday, August 31, 2015


For more NC families, home is where the students are

“Homeschooling is one of those things that happened by accident for us,” says Jessica Alfonso-Baez, a mother of three. Alfonso-Baez,...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Keep your yardsticks off teachers’ careers, unless . . .

Numerous commentators, experts, and teachers themselves have offered critiques of teacher evaluation. Critiques aren’t limited to 1.0 evaluation systems. New...


Public School Forum of NC announces new center to focus on educational opportunity

This week in a press release the Public School Forum of North Carolina announced the formation of a new study...

Friday, August 28, 2015


Time for school

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reinforced what parents of teenagers already know: They go to bed late...


Teacher leadership

Teacher Leadership: A Partnership of School Need & Professional Elevation Teacher-leadership (TL) has morphed into a “buzz-word,” like “STEM” or...


Not all in Halifax want merged districts

A lawsuit filed Monday by local community groups and parents in Halifax County against the Halifax County Commissioners asserted that...

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Taking control of my professional development

With the launch of new academic year, teachers across the state will find new and innovative ways to better their instruction to...


Kenan Fellows host STEM professional development

The Kenan Fellows recently held a professional development symposium at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville where educators from around...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Edcamp: Educators teach each other

With the end of Race to the Top, the state is being left with gaping holes in its education coffers, including money for...


The hunger-obesity paradox

Hunger in the United States, and in North Carolina, does not look like what we expect. The minds of many...


Local groups sue Halifax Commissioners, hold press conference

Monday, some local community groups and parents in Halifax County announced a lawsuit against the Halifax County Commissioners over violations...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics: Enriching STEM education across NC

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is a public, free, residential high school serving juniors and seniors...


First day of school: Washington GT Magnet Elementary

Across North Carolina, kids packed their book bags and set off today on buses and in carpools for their first...


Local community groups and parents sue Halifax County Board of Commissioners

According to a press release, today as children in Halifax County begin a new school year, the Coalition for Education...


Back to school in NC: By the numbers

According to a press release issued by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction today, an estimated 1,537,643 students will kick...


Digital providers: Let great teachers drive technology use, get results

What should we take away from News Corp.’s recent announcement that it is writing off losses stemming from its digital...


Governor says state will spend more than $1 billion on teacher salaries

According to a press release issued by the Governor’s press office on Sunday, August 23, 2015, Governor Pat McCrory sent...

Monday, August 24, 2015


Points of brilliance from English 9, English B

As this state has wrestled with the “war on education” this summer, I have thought about the war for education....


Five questions as CMS bells ring

School buses cranked their engines and campus bells rang across Charlotte today as most of the nearly 146,000 students enrolled...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 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...


Insights for N.C. in new charter report

The current issue of National Affairs, a conservative intellectual journal, contains an insightful “progress report’’ on the nation’s experience with...

Friday, August 21, 2015


The bridge: Hope covered in grace

Dear Miles, Over the course of the summer in 2015, racially-charged crimes stirred emotions and conversation across our country. The...


Districts already have TA budget flexibility

During a recent talk in front of the North Carolina Chamber, Governor Pat McCrory was asked his opinion on teacher assistants....


NCAE issues open letter on public education budget

NCAE sent the following open letter to state lawmakers today. Dear Honorable Members of the General Assembly: As students and...


GOP candidates meet for education summit: Part Two

Wednesday afternoon, the 2015 New Hampshire Education Summit continued with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker answering...

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Striking a new balance

As the budget continues to stall at the General Assembly, there is an opportunity for us to consider the Opportunity...


Same as it ever was: Why desegregation still matters in North Carolina

It’s no secret: the quality of a child’s education is one of the most important factors in her future success....


The state of education in CMS and NC

Bill Anderson, special assistant to the dean for community relations in the College of Education, and Eric Davis, a member...


NC classrooms brace for teacher shortage

In some areas, unusual reports of elementary classrooms hardest hit Mirroring a national trend, some North Carolina classrooms are bracing...


GOP presidential candidates meet for education summit

Republicans vying to become their party’s nominee for president gathered in New Hampshire today to discuss education.  The 2015 New Hampshire...


TABOR and education: Why would we want to tie our own hands?

I was talking to the superintendent of a small school system last fall, and she mournfully told me about losing...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Protecting the rights of students with disabilities: An introduction to Disability Rights North Carolina

In the mid-1970s, Congress created a protection and advocacy (P&A) system for people with disabilities in response to the inhumane...


School food is the solution, not the problem

“If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one...


BEST NC CEO talks education with John Locke Foundation

Brenda Berg, president and CEO of BEST NC, spoke at a recent John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society Luncheon and explained...


Greenpeace releases new video in support of the Repower Our Schools initiative in NC

Today, Greenpeace released a new video in support of the Repower Our Schools initiative in North Carolina to transition Charlotte...


A teacher weighs in on the war on public education

Editor’s Note: On August 9, EdNC posted an article by James Hogan, “The war on North Carolina’s public schools,” which...


Time Warner Cable News: Back to School

Time Warner Cable News is conducting in-depth interviews with policymakers across the state in its back to school series. Here...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Explaining North Carolina’s proficiency standards

A recent NAEP mapping study gave high marks to North Carolina’s proficiency standards.  According to NAEP’s findings, only Massachusetts, Wisconsin...


Catalyst: Creating opportunities in STEM for students with disabilities

While on a NCSU Sustainable Forestry Teacher’s Academy trip for teachers two summers ago, I was visiting a veneer factory near New...


National school lunch program meal eligibility policy announced

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recently announced the 2015-16 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy for free...

Monday, August 17, 2015


Moving forward with vouchers: What’s best for the children?

The North Carolina Supreme Court’s divided (4-3) decision to uphold the General Assembly’s school voucher program reflects a divide that...


Researcher looks at how CMS handled layoffs

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ approach to teacher layoffs during the Great Recession seems to have benefited student achievement while saving some jobs,...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 15, 2015


Transforming education in North Carolina

The longest and deepest recession in our history took a devastating toll on North Carolina. As in the rest of...


Let’s not just get angry about the state budget, let’s get it right

As the legislative logjam starts to break and the state budget begins to emerge after a month in the murky...


Why opting out suddenly is in

The new school year is fast approaching, but policymakers remain rattled by testing boycotts that swept the nation this spring....

Friday, August 14, 2015


Superintendent Atkinson on Halifax County

Superintendent June Atkinson spoke about the State Board of Education‘s decision to increase its intervention in Halifax County at today’s...


Governor and Superintendent talk education with NC Chamber

Governor Pat McCrory made an appearance at today’s North Carolina Chamber Conference on Education.  Joydeep Ganguly, vice president and general...

For most North Carolina counties, public schools mean jobs

  Public schools are many things to communities throughout our state. They are the center of community life for many...

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Hope in Hertford: The impact of River City YouthBuild

What hope is there for young people who drop out, who are impoverished, who are unemployed, or who have been...


A child in the woods is a better soccer player

First, I will acknowledge that I am – like most everyone else – waiting for the General Assembly to act....


A slew of bills that could impact education

As everyone in and around the General Assembly anxiously waits for lawmakers to finish the budget process, a trio of...


The real war on education in North Carolina

Former teacher James Hogan caught the attention of national media outlets last week with his inflammatory proclamation that North Carolina...


Communities In Schools of North Carolina receives $360,000 grant from GSK

As schools prepare to open, Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) and GSK have joined together to announce tools...


In-Depth with Rob Boisvert: Next 18 months critical for CMS

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Kids who are hungry are less likely to pay attention in class — and more likely to be disruptive and...


Understanding the Halifax Board of Education

At EdNC, we value public service. We want citizens across the state to run for school board and to do...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Before we can address the STEM crisis, we must solve the confidence gap

“I’m not good at math.” It’s routine to hear an adult utter these five innocent words while doing something as...


Instead of ineffective professional development, try redesigning teacher roles

The New Teacher Project’s (TNTP) new report The Mirage sheds light on the nation’s failure to advance strong professional learning...


Breaking News: Trouble in Halifax

Editor’s Note: We will be updating this story today as it unfolds. Update: 4:14: The Department of Public Instruction put...

Monday, August 10, 2015


Will CMS’ slow superintendent search yield a long-term fit?

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education isn’t much closer to picking a long-term superintendent—despite an informal deadline that’s now less than...


Note in the pocket

As EdNC travels around the state of North Carolina visiting schools and communities, people tell us stories. Some we can share...


The war on North Carolina’s public schools

Editor’s Note: This article was first published here on the author’s blog. It was reprinted here in The Washington Post. It is...

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Post, tweet, repeat: IBM offers school leaders social media lessons

Now more than ever, there are so many ways to share information with students, parents, teachers, school and district leaders,...

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...


Budget stalemate stymying schools’ efforts to get ready for another year

This article was originally published at NCPolicywatch.com With a stopgap spending measure in place, some lawmakers believe efforts to get...


Summer slide leaves low-income students behind

Summer vacations are underway and many students across North Carolina are enjoying the beach and taking family trips. At the...

Friday, August 7, 2015


Katrina lesson: Schools a key to disaster readiness

As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, I still shudder when I see video and photos of familiar streetscapes...


GOP candidates talk education… some

Yesterday, the top 10 ranked candidates in the Republican field for president took to the stage to talk politics. Buried...


Teaching the free market to North Carolina’s students

The John Locke Foundation hosted Peter Frank, interim dean of the Wingate University School of Business, on August 3. Frank discussed...


State Board of Education: Aug. 5 and 6

A presentation to the State Board of Education Wednesday highlighted the success of a program to turn around low performing...

Thursday, August 6, 2015


School choice, opt-out debates likely to dominate conference on No Child Left Behind rewrite

After nearly a decade of delay, congressional lawmakers are now really, really close to achieving a sweeping reauthorization of the...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


When policy is personal

Jim Keaten was one of eight children growing up in a poor family in Maine. Even today he can recall...


Running our schools like a business

I am often challenged by constituents to run the school system like a business. Of course, what they mean is...

Ed organizations in Eastern North Carolina

  Love them or hate them, smart phones make our lives easier to navigate. Personally, I love to take mine...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Excuse me, your values are showing

Last week’s sports pages were full of reports about salary settlements with some of professional football’s top quarterbacks. Former NC...


A glimpse inside one of the best STEM schools in the country

Everyone grows into a suit, and the best STEM students are no exception. I watched as four students in jackets...

Monday, August 3, 2015


Consider it mapped and school grades

Last week when we were in Denver, CO, for the 2015 Governmental Research Association conference, there was a collective gasp when...


Review calls for change at CMS magnets

An early look at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ magnet programs calls for significant changes to the way the district uses the specialized...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015