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Charter volleyball in North Carolina

As the head of the NC Public Charter Schools Association, I read charter news alerts daily from all over the...

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Give Five – Read Five: Connecting schools and communities to promote summer reading

Summertime can be filled with days at the pool or beach, trips to see family and friends and spending time...

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The Beginning Teacher Network of Wake County: Empowering BTs to propel change

In the most transformative stage of a teacher’s career, the beginning, the motto is simply to “stay alive.” Studies show...

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The economics and politics of the school calendar

Currently, school boards in North Carolina and 12 other states are not permitted to begin the school year before a...

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Teaching and leading literacy

  The ability to read is fundamental to full participation in a democratic society and serves as the basis for...

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School calendar: A local decision

Local education authorities (LEAs) are given the responsibility by the Department of Public Instruction of raising student achievement. Consequently, LEAs...

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High school scheduling

There is an issue troubling our education system: the school schedule. The high school start and stop dates, in particular,...

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Our one size fits all school calendar does not work

Education in North Carolina has been beset by many well-documented issues for several years. Budget woes, teacher shortages, and increased...

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I quit teaching because I love children

Recently, I had to make a tough but necessary decision. As I entered my 23rd year of teaching in North...

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Paying lip service to career readiness

This article was originally published in the Carolina Journal on April 2, 2015.   For today’s students ― tomorrow’s earners...

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Who would want less for their children?

As I read the piece, The Numbers Add Up To This: Less and Less Opportunity for Poor Kids by Marilyn...

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How money is corrupting charter school purpose

This op-ed was original published in the News & Observer on March 25, 2015.   The new charter school movement...