Rusty Hall: Success in failure

A series profiling individuals working to creatively raise up North Carolina’s education system. According to Principal Benjamin “Rusty” Hall, “We have great...

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Scrutinizing our schools: A focus on Durham Public Schools

Are our schools performing as well as we can expect? Are we getting a reasonable level of assurance that DPS...

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Superintendents sound off on teacher pay

The House Select Committee on Education Strategy and Practices concluded yesterday with further discussion of teacher pay, a presentation on Community...

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Principals get short shrift once again

Talk to almost any education expert, and they will likely tell you that one of the most important contributors to...

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Funding our schools: Investing in leadership

There is no such thing as a silver bullet for public education in North Carolina, one single solution to bring...

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A campaign for great childhoods

During this election year, child advocates are challenging candidates for elective office to talk about their proposals for ensuring safe,...

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From segregation to desegregation to resegregation

The landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education demolished the separate-but-equal fiction of the Jim...

Friday, January 29, 2016

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How North Carolina can compensate teachers

The House Select Committee on Education Strategy and Practices met yesterday to talk teacher pay and solicit input from some...

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Today’s teachers are better than ever

Parents of school-age children may wonder if their children will have good teachers. They may wonder if teachers are “as good as they...

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Honoring Leslie Winner: A career that mattered for students, education, North Carolina

Leslie Winner always has been bigger than life to me. My love affair with politics and policy began sitting under...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Knightdale High turnaround took working smarter and harder

It is my daughter’s senior year, and we are trying to squeeze every tradition and dream into our last months...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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ICYMI: EdTalk with Rep. Paul Stam

Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam is the President Pro Tempore of the N.C. House of Representatives. A Republican representing the 37th...

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Working together is the North Carolina way

Traveling the state visiting a variety of school districts and other organizations will reveal a range of themes. We have written...

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“Reform” from a teacher’s perspective

As an AP English and Shakespeare instructor, I have a curious fascination with how words are used both literally and...

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Quality, availability are key issues on school choice

The president of a prominent school choice organization said Monday that advocates need to set their sights on quality and...

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Opportunity for teachers: Duke Energy offers $75,000 for classroom STEM projects

Duke Energy is offering to help teachers develop new, engaging ways to help students reach their full learning potential. Through a...

Tuesday, January 26, 2015

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Poverty, diversity, and the preschool classroom

We are at a critical moment in early education. According to A Better Start: Why Diversity in Preschool Classrooms Matters, the recent...

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School reform takes big strides

Almost exactly 15 year ago, I wrote an education reform plan for the John Locke Foundation entitled “Reach for the...

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Clark calls on community to support CMS

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark says the community needs to rally around the school system in order for children to...

Monday, January 25, 2016

Minnie Forte-Brown: Building systems of schools instead of school systems

A series profiling individuals working to creatively raise up North Carolina’s education system. In Forte-Brown’s work with CUBE, she met Alberto...

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A school that’s trying, succeeding – and gets a D

Jim Butler, HMS’s principal, is an inspiration. He grew up in the community, graduated from UNC Pembroke, and came back...

Farad Ali: Invest in education

A series profiling individuals working to creatively raise up North Carolina’s education system. The original idea was a novel one, catalyzed by...

Durham Public Schools Data Explorer

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New podcast: A conversation with Rep. Paul Stam

For the debut of our new podcast EdTalk, I interviewed Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake. We talked about education policies that came out of the...

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Funding our schools: The direct causes of funding pressure on districts

Public schools are taking it on the chin these days, especially in North Carolina. Public school educators face a daunting...

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North Carolina among top states in child population gains

Demographer William H. Frey reports that our nation is split, 25-25, between states that had gains in child population and...

Friday, January 22, 2016

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NC STEM Center e-Update: NC names Regional Teachers of the Year

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

UNC basketball star schools students on reading

About 95 third graders at Rashkis Elementary School in Chapel Hill didn’t know what to expect when teachers escorted them into...

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Teaching the human in students

A student once emailed me because he wanted to die. At 15 years old, he was attempting to establish his...

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Halifax by the numbers

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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ESAs empower parents and give hope to students

Recent statements by Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) officials about changing several low-performing traditional schools to year-round schools, and...

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Public School Forum tackles tough issues

The Public School Forum of North Carolina staked out its position yesterday on a host of hot button education issues, including...

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My predictions for public education in 2016

Many make predictions at the beginning of a new year. The following are my thoughts on what 2016 may mean...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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What we carry

Last week I sat across a coffee shop table from a bright young program coordinator for a public health department in...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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A litany of concerns sinks charter school’s approval

A lack of clarity regarding the financial relationship between a proposed charter school and its for-profit education management organization (EMO) was just...

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ICYMI: Kenan Fellows: Making real world connections for our students

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on January 27, 2015. Our readership has expanded over the past year, so...

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Schools should use positive interventions, not seclusion and restraint

When you think of a school, you probably envision children sitting at desks compliantly facing the front of a classroom....

Monday, January 18 , 2016

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A glimmer of hope for peaceful coexistence in the school choice debate

Good relationships between charter and traditional schools can possibly help districts raise the quality of the lowest-performing schools, if results in...

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Grades are still out on CMS’ Project LIFT

A little more than three years ago, I sat down at a round, wooden table in the library at a...

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Pull up a seat: Mentoring in real life

“I want to start this off by saying, I made it without you. And please do not perceive this open...

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Katherine Gill: Learning from the land

A series profiling individuals working to creatively raise up North Carolina’s education system. “It’s amazing how many students [come who] find even...

Friday, January 15, 2016

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More updates from this month’s Charter School Advisory Board meeting

Though the annual charter school report was the most anticipated agenda item on the Charter School Advisory Board’s January to-do list,...

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UNC grads teaching, and learning, in New Orleans

An email arrived several weeks ago from one of my former students in the UNC School of Media and Journalism,...

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News roundup

Regional Teachers of the Year Named Nine teachers are vying for the honor of being named the 2016 Burroughs Wellcome...

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Rural educational attainment on the rise, but so is poverty

Editor’s note: In 2016 on Thursdays, EdNC’s Policy Points will examine through reporting, research, and reflection the points where politics, policy,...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Homeless in Hickory

Last week, the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation (which I co-founded in honor of my late wife), Clark’s Promise (a Raleigh-based...

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Charter School Advisory Board takes up charter report

Workload and personnel vacancies are to blame for the fact that a charter school report to the General Assembly bypassed the Charter...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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Schools, businesses partner to enrich student learning

Last Tuesday, business leaders from 43 companies and organizations gathered with educators at Biogen in RTP for the annual STEM and...

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EdNC and the evolution of party politics: Why your voice matters

535,859 pageviews since we launched one year ago on January 12. And you, our readers, are scattered all across the...

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NC Mathematics educators speak out on standards debate

In light of the recent discussion and review of mathematics standards in North Carolina, we feel it is important for...

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Other updates from the January State Board of Education meeting

How Effective Are Teachers? A presentation on teacher evaluations at the State Board of Education last week yielded both good...

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Mecklenburg County considering school funding change

Mecklenburg County commissioners are considering a change to the formula the county uses to fund Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in an effort...

Monday, January 11, 2016

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Extensive discussion on charters at State Board meeting

Charter schools were a contentious portion of the State Board of Education during the first day of its two-day meeting...

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Reorganization saves jobs at Department of Public Instruction

General Assembly cuts to the Department of Public Instruction this past session will yield no lay offs and the potential for...

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Students voice their thoughts on school improvement

The following is a press release from NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning announcing a new partnership with Youth Truth Student Survey to help inform...

Friday, January 8, 2016

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Hope Street Group: Teachers shaping policy

Today, in a 92-page report, Hope Street Group is releasing its findings and recommendations to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction...

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What school segregation looks like

ON THE FIRST DAY of every semester during my five years as a teacher at Garinger High School, I had a...

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Franklin County Schools reaches out to charter school parents, moves forward with strategic plan

The excitement of a new year is driven by our hope to overcome challenges and in 2016, Franklin County Schools...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Engaging Minds in 2016

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016

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The real problem with teaching in North Carolina

The real problem with teaching in North Carolina isn’t the pay, it’s the hours. My husband and I are both...

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Washington County spending scandal

A state audit of the Washington County Schools shows misspending by the former superintendent and questionable use of funds by him...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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Controversy rages over Common Core Commission recommendations

The Academic Standards Review Commission may have wrapped up its mission in December, but the fallout from its recommendations continued to...

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What could we learn from Jennings, Missouri?

The headline caught my eye, “This superintendent has figured out how to make school work for poor kids.” The Washington...

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CTE Career Clusters: Business, Finance students learn through real-world experience

Two of the Career and Technical Education course clusters offered at McDowell High School have students learning more than just...

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Halifax needs conservative reforms

In recent years, advocates on the left and right have advanced reforms designed to improve low-performing public schools in North...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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5 predictions for STEM in 2016

I always loved math and science when I was in school. Solving problems and discovering how things work always got...

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A teacher’s gift

If you were to come into my home and look in my pantry, you would see a spice rack with...

Monday, January 4, 2016

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Clock is ticking for CMS superintendent search

Later this month, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark will deliver what is supposed to be her final “State of Our...

Teachers with National Board Certification in North Carolina, 2014-15

This month on Consider It Mapped, we’re looking at the distribution of National Board-certified teachers across North Carolina. National Board...