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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Reach NC Voices: Returning to your roots of communications

In October I went to the North Carolina Barbecue Festival in Lexington. Everywhere I turned I saw homemade t-shirts and...

News

A day in the life of school choice advocates

The battle lines seem firmly drawn when it comes to opportunity scholarships, also known as vouchers. It is expected that...

 

Edgecombe, Nash and Wayne Counties join nationwide campaign for grade-level reading

Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the NC Early Childhood Foundation. Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina communities...

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Monday, January 30, 2017

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Introducing a new way for you to engage: Reach NC Voices

In the weeks leading up to and then after the election, Mebane Rash and I wondered whether folks living on...

Perspective

Don’t fall for the “status quo” fallacy concerning public education

The term “status quo” has become something of a nebulous term for public education and has evolved into a powerful...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

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Education as ‘carnage’ in a stir-’em-up inaugural

Over the two decades that I have taught a course on Southern politics to UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates, I have regularly...

News

Franklin County offers bonuses to fill EC vacancies

When Julie White was still a student of education at Liberty University, she came across a kindergartner who was especially...

Perspective

When it comes to education, it’s past time to put children ahead of politics

As 2016 wound down, North Carolina – and the nation – closed the book on a divisive and unpredictable election...

 

Reportable public school crimes and consequences decrease in 2015-16

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools Numbers of reportable acts of school crime, long-term suspensions,...

 

Public School Forum releases top 10 education issues for 2017

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of NC RALEIGH, NC (January 25, 2017) – The...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

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Legislative session kicks off with Democratic lawmaker priorities

During the first official day of the 2017 legislative session, multiple education-related bills were filed, and House and Senate Democratic...

News

The value of a religious education

I was raised Catholic, so when I told my parents I wanted to go to Cardinal Gibbons High School for...

 

Regional NC Teachers of the Year named

The following is a press release from Public Schools of North Carolina Nine teachers from across North Carolina have been...

News

South Greenville teacher uses rap in classroom, ends up on Ellen

Michael Bonner, a second-grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary School, got creative with his teaching and wound up on The Ellen...

Perspective

Between a rock and a hard place: Legislature needs to address problems with class size budget provision

2016 House Bill 1030, Section 8.33 will be harmful to public education in North Carolina, to a lesser or greater...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Perspective

It’s time to end the war between charter and traditional public schools

Last year, charter schools turned 20 years old in our state. As I told an audience of charter supporters, “We...

News

Child Fatality Task Force annual report includes suicide prevention measures

The Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF) released its annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly last week, which includes suicide...

News

A new public policy season

Now that lawmakers are back at work, what will be the top priorities? And what will be the biggest challenges?...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

News

Competition, basketball, and school choice

Former Charlotte Mayor, Republican Richard Vinroot, used his history as a college basketball player to discuss the importance of competition...

News

15: Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot on school choice

It’s National School Choice Week, and in our latest episode of EdTalk, we discussed school choice with Republican Richard Vinroot, an...

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Monday, January 23, 2017

News

State and Halifax County celebrate public school improvement

Lost in the swirl of special sessions of the General Assembly, buried beneath the weight of President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets,...

Featured

Global Scholars Academy: Students seeking to be scholars

There is a historical marker in Durham noting a segregation protest at an ice cream parlor on the site in...

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Friday, January 20, 2017

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A January week to ponder again race and schools

In its 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court spoke in powerfully direct language. As...

Perspective

State Board of Education not disclosing vote to sue over H.B. 17

The North Carolina State Board of Education last month used a rare exemption to go behind closed doors and vote...

 

BEST NC delivers a little guide, chock-full of education data

The following is a press release from BEST NC Cary, NC — BEST NC is proud to announce the latest...

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Imprints Cares: Empowering parents

If you were driving down Broad Street in Winston-Salem, it would be easy to pass the Augsburg Community Center and...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Perspective

Providing dental care to kids in need

When I graduated dental school, I decided to return home to Concord to run a pediatric dental practice that provided...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

News

State Board’s power over charters amps up

A new policy, discussed by the Charter School Advisory Board last week, gives the State Board of Education authority to revoke...

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Monday, July 16, 2017

Perspective

Supporting principals as early learning leaders

What do third grade reading and principal pay have to do with one another? A lot. And as the General...

Featured

EdNC turns 2: Our theory of change

Thank you. As we celebrate the beginning of year three of EdNC, thank you for being brave with us as...

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Friday, January 13, 2017

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A quaint political reunion recalls ‘career education’

On the day before the General Assembly convened this week to launch the 2017-18 legislative cycle, 50 or so people...

News

NC STEM Center e-Update: North Carolina leads nation in national board certified teachers

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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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Perspective

Which credentials predict the performance of early grades reading teachers?

In this policy brief we assess the associations between teacher credentials and measures of performance— value-added estimates and evaluation ratings—for...

News

Anchors away on long session of the General Assembly

The House and Senate kicked off the beginning of the 2017-18 session of the General Assembly with the swearing in...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Perspective

Preparing principals for the digital age

Principal learning cannot stop with earning an administration certificate or a degree. Like teachers, principals must have access to ongoing...

News

Hot issues, hot politics

The General Assembly gears up for its long session today. In the coming weeks and months, lawmakers in the House...

Perspective

North Carolina’s school voucher program: An accountability and transparency wish list for 2017

A common refrain I hear in the course of my reporting and writing about school vouchers — a program that...

News

What will a new accountability system look like?

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has been working on a new framework for the state’s schools. The...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Perspective

A, B, Seeing Eye Dog: The Right of Students to Have Service Animals in the Classroom

The United States Supreme Court just heard its first case about service animals in schools, Fry v. Napoleon Community School...

News

A principal’s first year of leading and serving

On Donnell Cannon’s “walkie-talkie,” which he uses — as does any principal — almost constantly, there’s a sticker that reads...

Perspective

2017: 9 Wishes

It is easy when you’re in the pro-public education camp, trying to call out and push back against the many...

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Friday, January 6, 2017

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Former athletic director teaches us a lesson in governance

Bill Cobey now serves as chair of the State Board of Education, a capstone to a long, diverse career, much...

 

Hearing on preliminary injunction postponed

The following is a press release from Public Schools of North Carolina Statement from Bob Orr and Drew Erteschik, attorneys...

News

Superintendent Mark Johnson lays out vision for NC schools

While new state Superintendent Mark Johnson’s first day at the State Board of Education was Wednesday, it was on Thursday...

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

News

What makes a good principal? Good preparation

It used to be that the path to becoming a principal was a fairly simple one. An educator, usually a...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

News

State principals on brink of pay increase

Yesterday we talked about the important role that principals play in turning around low-performing schools. Given how essential their role...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

News

Transforming schools: The essential role of the principal

Just before the Christmas holiday, Kristy Thomas roamed various classrooms at Rock Rest Elementary School in Union County to inspect...

Perspective

State has big math problem

If North Carolina were to secede from the union and become an independent country — no, conspiracy theorists, I’m not...

 

Teacher Advisor with Watson

As the demands on educators increase, teachers need ongoing opportunities to build their instructional and content expertise to help them...

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Monday, January 2, 2017

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CoThinkk: Changing philanthropy, changing communities, changing lives

If you don’t know her already, meet Tracey Greene-Washington. Tracey is a program officer at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation,...