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School district budgeting — your strategic “game plan”

I rarely use sports metaphors despite being an avid sports participant and fan. However, when it comes to your school...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Stalled: NC school districts avoid immediate changes to policies for transgender students

Seeking to avoid political spotlight, many address transgender students on a “case by case” basis When leaders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Announcing the EdNC Annual Report 2015-16

With your support, we launched EdNC.org a year and a half ago with a set of core beliefs: it’s all...

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The news

Watching and reading the news can be a traumatizing experience. As I walk into schools each day, I keep asking:...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Report shows better health, declining financial security for kids in North Carolina

In areas where North Carolina children and families are flying high, as well as those where they falter, there’s a...

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Middle schoolers address homelessness with restaurant concept and business plan

In January, Jane Linell, a STEM teacher at the after school Communities In Schools (CIS) 21st Century Community Learning Center,...

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CMS: Students can use bathroom of their gender identity

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity — a...

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Could proposed teacher background check bill silence protesting educators?

Supporters say bill is about student safety; others worry activists arrested during protests could lose licensure. For the better part...

News

Achievement School District and school building leases bills pass Senate education committee

The Senate education committee discussed and passed two bills Friday morning. One would allow local boards of education to lease...

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Caution flags raised on private-school vouchers

Republican state legislators often appear in a rush to embed into law and budget as much of their fiscal, social,...

News

NC STEM Center e-Update: Math makeover continues in North Carolina

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

What is grit? An in-depth look at the work of Paul Tough

Grit keeps coming up in education circles. The idea is that we can teach character, courage, and resolve to students in...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Union County Public Schools: Talent matters in schools

Forest Hills High School “Talent matters,” says Kevin Plue, the principal of Forest Hills High School, to Ann Goodnight, the director of...

News

Campbell Title IX coordinator explains how agencies have broadened law without proper procedure

Kellie Slappey Nothstine, the Title IX coordinator at Campbell University, spoke at the John Locke Foundation Monday, explaining the law...

Union County Public Schools: Partners in Learning Collaborative connects philanthropy, policy, and practice

Ellen McIntyre, the rockstar Dean of the College of Education at UNC Charlotte (UNCC) tells me the story of the Partners...

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Lessons learned from a charter school laboratory

“One of the original goals of the charter school movement, as stated in the authorizing legislation, was to ‘encourage the...

News

Roanoke Rapids proposes going it alone on revenue sharing agreement

The following is a statement from Les Atkins, the public information officer of the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board...

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It’s time: #LiveStreamforBOE

Last week a governing board in Raleigh decided to recommend closing a school 160 miles away with little notice. No...

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School reform is good economics

Although the debate about education policy is robust, complicated, and sometimes vitriolic, there is actually broad agreement about the bottom...

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How will we teach mass shooting history?

As I watched the coverage of last week’s mass shooting in Orlando, I couldn’t help but wonder how my generation...

Union County Public Schools: Classrooms of Tomorrow

Check out this classroom: It looks just like many of the high school classes I have visited across North Carolina. It also looks...

Union County Public Schools: A culture of innovation

On a cold winter day in January, Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS and education philanthropist, invited me to...

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New law could keep bad charters in business

When members of the NC Charter School Advisory Board convened in Raleigh for their June meeting this week, they engaged...

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How are NC universities and colleges accommodating students with disabilities?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela Over the past century,...

News

Change is coming to the Halifax County School District

This next year will be a time of great change in Halifax as the Halifax County School District welcomes a new...

News

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools to remain united

A bill passed the General Assembly Wednesday that essentially legislates the proposed agreement between Nash and Edgecombe Counties that fell apart...

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Big trends herald big transitions in schooling

Dramatic developments — in the demographics of classrooms, in the world of work, and in research into the process of character...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Federal complaint says new N.C. policy harms poor children with special needs

To JoAnna Barnes, it’s the biggest education story you’ve never heard of in North Carolina. Barnes, a Triangle attorney and...

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State funding flexibility – fact or fiction?

The answer is…yes! There is little doubt that North Carolina has the most categorical public education funding system of any...

News

Update: Senate passes bill that would require two high school math tracks

Update: The bill passed its third reading Thursday — 33-13. The only big change is an amendment from Sen. Erica...

News

Teachers and students rally for school funding

Fifty teachers, students and advocates walked about 20 miles in two days, finishing at the doors of the General Assembly...

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Zero to fifty

This past year, many school systems decided to make a “50” the lowest possible grade a student could receive for a...

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A plea for educators and parents: Coach teens to win at social media

In the era of Snapchat and Instagram, social media has become one of the most powerful tools for a teenager....

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

News

Income tax rate cap one step closer to the ballot

A bill that would give North Carolina voters the option to change the maximum income tax rate from 10 to...

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What happens when our kids see scary things on the news

In elementary school, one of my fellow students died in our hallway. She had an asthma attack, I think, but...

Learning about Singapore, meeting the Scholars

The 12 Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Scholars traveling together to Singapore in one month have at least one thing in common: They are...

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Do Senate leaders believe their own claims on teacher pay?

Senate leaders made a big splash touting their two-year plan to raise teacher salaries. They held a packed press conference...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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Helping people out of poverty

Joe Coletti is the founder of the Better Yes Network, helping nonprofits “build communities with a focus on relationship, responsibility, and...

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How one school program gave students wings

If you walked into the courtyard at Kingswood Elementary last Tuesday or Wednesday — anytime during school hours except for...

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Five answers as CMS ends another year

Last August, when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools started the academic year, I wrote a story for EdNC offering five questions that would...

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Teacher learns the value of sometimes scary communication with parents

When I began teaching, I was scared of parents. At 22, my first year teaching, a parent entered my fifth...

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Gun safety protects our schools

The 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary would be heading right now into the summer between fourth and fifth...

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What we call international education, the rest of the world calls education

Five years ago, I began work with my colleagues on the N.C. State Board of Education to outline steps our...

News

House education committee divided over raising charter school funding

Tensions ran high Thursday morning as the House Education Committee discussed House Bill 539, which would force traditional public schools...

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State superintendent responds to Halifax Board of Education member’s allegations

Many changes have come to the Halifax County School District in recent months: a new superintendent was hired, new members of...

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Three budgets, three sets of priorities

Now that the Governor, House and Senate have all released their spending plans, let’s take a look at how the...

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Let us praise great high school coaches

If you teach long enough in the public schools, you will be fortunate enough to come across some great individuals...

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Bringing the ‘noise of democracy’ to the classroom

At its annual observance of First Amendment Day, the UNC Center on Media Law and Policy hands out T-shirts to...

News

NC STEM Center e-Update: North Carolina adds seven STEM Schools of Distinction for 2016

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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What to expect when your child is restrained at school

In a previous article, I called for a reduction in the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools by...

News

Senate moves state one step closer to split high school tracks

The Senate Education/Higher Education Committee gave a favorable report yesterday to legislation that would force schools to offer students a...

Homeschool laws in the United States: Where does North Carolina fit in?

Homeschooling has grown faster in North Carolina than in the U.S. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the...

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Dear Senators: Noble intentions, different policy choices for tuition

The current North Carolina Senate budget for 2016-17 includes a controversial plan to substantially reduce tuition and student fee revenue...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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HB 657: Connecting policy to the practice of teaching math in the classroom

With sore feet propped up on my coffee table and a head reeling from the day’s activities, I am beginning...

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Revolutionizing school lunch — or at least attempting to do so — by listening

Dan Giusti generated headlines in the high-end food world last fall when he announced he was leaving one of the...

News

Treasurer Cowell calls on legislators to oppose debt-funded school leasing bill

The following is a press release from State Treasurer Janet Cowell. Raleigh, N.C. — State Treasurer Janet Cowell today voiced opposition...

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As legislative leaders tout teacher raises, educators highlight major shortcomings in the House and Senate budgets

Partway through last week’s unveiling of the state Senate budget, Sen. Phil Berger was asked by reporters if there were any...

News

Most teachers satisfied with their schools

Of the North Carolina educators who responded to the 2016 N.C. Teacher Working Conditions Survey, almost 87 percent said their...

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Dig into learning

With the growing push for STEM learning and obvious need for STEM careers within and around the country, agriculture is...

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4 things CMS grads can do to give back

A little more than a decade ago, I was preparing to graduate from a Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school, pack up, and...

News

Achievement School District bill passes the House

After a contentious debate, the Achievement School District (ASD) bill passed its second and third reading in the House yesterday. It...

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Great BBQ is not enough: A teacher and his students take on HB2

I like calling North Carolina home….kind of. This teacher’s view? This state could be a great place to live with our beautiful...

News

Talks break down between Nash/Edgecombe counties

Last week it seemed an agreement was nearly at hand to prevent the dissolution of the public school merger between Nash...

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School choice and charter schools

Is it just me, or does the summer always feel like it’s full of possibility and exciting choices? As an...

News

Senate releases budget proposal

The Senate’s proposed budget is out, featuring about an extra $277 million in appropriations for state education. Remember that this budget isn’t a...

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Meeting them where they’re at

“Meet the client where they’re at.” This phrase is a core tenet of providing services to individuals, particularly when these...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016