Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Governor tears up speech, talks to students about skills gap instead

Gov. Pat McCrory had prepared remarks when he met Tuesday with Forsyth Technical Community College students and members of the State Board...

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New option introduced for college applicants

Inside Higher Ed is reporting on a new application for undergraduate admissions to college that could change the way students...

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28 new charter school applications received

Department of Public Instruction press release:  Twenty eight nonprofit boards submitted applications to open public charter schools in August 2017....

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Compassionate schools: Coping with adversity in childhood

Abuse. Neglect. Hunger. Mental illness. A groundbreaking study on adverse childhood experiences indicated, “Childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic...

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Benchmarking NC K-12 utility data

Up until this past August there has been no mandated utility reporting. If a school system wants to know if they...

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New Report: Education improvements demand excellence, require collaboration

“Everyone should have access to the best of the best in education.” – Governor Pat McCrory Today at SAS Institute,...

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A Charter Place parable

I would like to tell you about my friend Joe. He is a good guy. Joe works hard, pays his...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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The way of the dinosaur

There are no words to describe just how incredible and transformative my summer internship in the Paleo Lab of the...

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Watch Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

In connection with its October meeting, the State Board of Education will visit Winston-Salem to observe our schools. I would...

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Closing the North Carolina skills gap: Enhancing economic growth and strengthening business

The key to our economic growth is our education system; a system about which I am very concerned. In North...

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Governor’s Education Cabinet talks budget and bonds

Governor Pat McCrory’s Education Cabinet met this morning at SAS Institute, and the topic of conversation was the recent budget...

Monday, September 28, 2015

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Groups and candidates outline positions on student assignment in CMS

The discussion about how to address racial and economic isolation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continues to sharpen, as advocacy groups and...

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Now what?

“MEN WANTED: FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR...

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If eighth graders designed schools

Imagine a school that is not only energy efficient and environmentally conscious, but is also using modern ideas and research in...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 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...

Friday, September 25, 2015

News

Is early childhood investment the link to NC’s future workforce?

On Monday, Governor Pat McCrory spoke at the North Carolina Business Committee for Education and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce‘s Western North...

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Bill sets up charter schools to receive funds for services some don’t provide

In a bid toward fairness, proponents of a bill that would funnel more tax and grant dollars to charter schools...

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Scaling net-positive schools

Operating and maintenance costs of educational facilities are constantly on the rise. Finding creative ways to reduce these costs are...

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Smart choice for a smarter North Carolina

The Boston Globe published last Friday a commentary about Massachusetts that I would like to write one day about North...

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Leandro with a twist

The courts have found the State to be in violation of its constitutional obligations to provide an equal opportunity to...

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NC GreenPower announces grant recipients for solar schools

In October 2003, NC GreenPower was launched to supplement the state’s existing electric supply with more green power – that...

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Savings begin in the boardroom

The finest energy management program in the world is hardly worth the effort without the school board and district leadership...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Perspective

Building young brains

Nearly eight months ago, my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Henry. Among the many joys of being...

Perspective

A pretty good education pudding

I have great respect for Mr. Guillory, but he has clearly missed the target with this explanation. Of course, I...

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Learn like a girl

The North Carolina Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for United Nations Women held its second annual learning and engagement luncheon yesterday at the...

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We know what works

We grow enough food in this country to feed the hungry, yet nearly one third of the food that is...

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Homegrown green

A critical responsibility for an educator is to prepare students for future success, a preparation both aspirational and pragmatic. Teachers...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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The Exploris School: Engaging minds with project-based learning

Exploris Middle School, which opened in downtown Raleigh in 1997, was one of the first 100 charter schools in North...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Powered Schools Spotlight: Cumberland County

What do you do with the savings from conserving utility use to sustain the cycle of conservation?   Cumberland County’s...

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Common sense energy

What if your energy company gave you $68 per student per year in your school district?   They might not...

Monday, September 21, 2015

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CMS puzzled by SAT score drop

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials are scratching their heads over a sharp drop in the district’s average SAT score — a key...

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What is possible for our schools if we engage?

A few years ago, I challenged a group of students to “think about the future.” Only one responded, “I don’t...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Teacher assistants: Rhetoric vs. reality

I am a fan of maximizing flexibility for school districts. Over the last five years, the Republican-led General Assembly has...

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In-Depth with Rob Boisvert: The education budget

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

Friday, September 18, 2015

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A themeless pudding of an education budget

The public education section of the General Fund budget making its way into law calls to mind the often-quoted wise-crack...

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Broken relationships

Miles, I have observed something about poverty that I want to share with you. Many Americans see poverty through a racial lens....

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Say Yes to Education officially announces Guilford County partnership

Editor’s Note: This press release was issued by Guilford County Schools. Mo Green, the Superintendent, is on the board of...

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A budget that does not prioritize education

The state budget released by the House and Senate budget conference does not make education a priority for our state....

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Averting the driver education crisis

The driver education crisis appears to be averted by the deal reached by the House and Senate to provide $24 million...

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Let ‘em sleep!

Adolescent students need to catch more ZZZs so they can make more As. This is the reason the Durham Public...

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No questions on ed at GOP debate

By Todd Brantley, covering the 8pm debate It was a crowded stage for the 8:00pm main event of this evening’s...

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How NC voters feel about public education

Voters in North Carolina have great faith in public schools but worry that state policy and funding are damaging the...

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Insufficient investment in children, families persist in state budget

The House and Senate have now agreed to a final state budget, a document that offers a glimpse into our...

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Invisible

Last week I had the opportunity to visit UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus and speak to a class full of social entrepreneurs...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Finally… a budget. Is it in the best interests of students? You decide

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 10:28am on September 16, 2015. The conference committee bill and report on the state budget...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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SummerSTEM 2015 at SAS Institute

This summer, WakeEd Partnership and the Wake County Public School System teamed up with six area businesses and agencies, Wake Technical Community...

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You can’t be successful if you’re not at school

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with an insightful young man who just graduated from high school. When...

Monday, September 14, 2015

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The toughest job, and how Mississippi Governor William Winter did it

The new film “The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi,” follows William Winter from childhood through his career in politics and...

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What role should Charlotte play in education?

Voters in Charlotte head to the polls tomorrow–or have already cast a ballot–for primaries for mayor and city council. And...

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 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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Halifax: Mergers, strife, and academic improvement

The battle to merge the three school districts in Halifax County is one with deep roots.  As recently as 2013,...

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Universities, high schools as partners in state success

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt appeared at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, recently to emphasize the importance of...

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Sequestration and education

Remember that big ugly word, sequestration? The automatic cuts for federal government agencies, including the Department of Education, are less...

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Getting to know the North Carolina Virtual Public School

If you are not familiar with the North Carolina Virtual Public School, we are the nation’s second largest state-led virtual...

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Taxpayer Protection Act has Carolina pedigree

As North Carolina’s legislative session (presumably) winds down over the next couple of weeks, it seems increasingly unlikely that the...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Hungry children have many faces

Hungry children have many different faces. I see them in my classroom every year. They’re often sunken, tired, withdrawn, and...

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Keeping children with disabilities in school by protecting their right to services

Illiteracy and disability-related behaviors are the biggest predictors for school suspensions. Student reading problems often become behavior problems, which lead...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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All by my selfie

In 2013, the term “selfie” was designated as word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary. Selfies are single...

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Lessons from Singapore

This past July, I was fortunate enough to travel to the countries of Singapore and Malaysia with 40 other North...

Monday, September 7, 2015

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The faith community’s role in CMS student assignment

The late afternoon sunlight filtered through stained glass windows into the sanctuary of Caldwell Presbyterian Church near uptown Charlotte. Hundreds...

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A teacher’s summer: The power of empowered educators

My third and final educational escapade has come to an end. I ventured on a cross-country trip to Seattle to...

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Perspective

The education ensemble

One of DPI’s core areas of work is standards development. Our staff members work with many other partners across the...

Friday, September 4, 2015

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Homeschooling’s many families, many faces

Is there any such thing as the “typical” homeschooling family? Despite abundant, and often uninformed, stereotypes in contemporary culture, homeschooling...

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Above and beyond the devilish details

The devil, as the saying goes, is in the details. And as with most such sayings, clichés, and aphorisms, there...

News

NC wrestles with the value of teacher assistants

In a kindergarten classroom at Pearsontown Magnet Elementary School in Durham, Sen. Mike Woodard (D-Durham) sat down last week with a...

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Race to the Top “pretty good” in North Carolina

The State Board of Education heard a presentation summarizing the impact of Race to the Top at its Wednesday meeting, and...

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What you need to know about “proof of concept” testing changes

A task force formed by the State Board of Education has suggested sweeping changes to the testing landscape in North Carolina.  To...

Perspective

Six education themes for 2016

Here are six education policy themes—and associated infographics—that I hope the Presidential candidates embrace. 1. Education reform is working. Don’t...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

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Leandro: From a teacher’s perspective, developing and reinforcing the teacher pipeline

On July 21, 2015, Judge Howard Manning opened the Leandro hearing by quoting from a 2005 report released by the Public School...

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Educational opportunities for 100,000 children

Last month, the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education released statistics that estimate that over 100,000 students in North Carolina...

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This ‘raise’ is a set up

Teachers and state employees have every right to be angry if the only pay increase they will see this year is...

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State Board previews state Digital Learning Plan

N.C. State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has been hard at work on a Digital Learning Plan for North Carolina...

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Second slate of A-F grades yield similar concerns

The state released its second round of school performance — A-F — grades Tuesday, and the results mirrored last year’s,...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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As homeschool meets public school, cautious partnerships emerge

For years, achieving an amicable homeschool-public school partnership seemed unthinkable. Prior to 1985, homeschooling was neither accepted nor legal in...

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Tomato sandwiches

It is amazing how tastes can take you back to a specific time and place. This summer I had the...

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TABOR has increased school property taxes for most Coloradans, study says

Senate Bill 607, the Taxpayer Protection Act, passed the N.C. Senate on August 12, 2015, and it has been referred...

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Back-to-School myths and facts

It is back-to-school time, which means that the mainstream media and public school advocacy groups are busy telling folks that...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mapping homeschools across our state and across the years

My map-making process sometimes starts with a question based on research or current events, followed by a search for data...

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STEMpathy: Perspective is everything

Brett Brenton is the director of US2020 RTP. In July he attended a symposium at the White House and sat on a panel...