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Odds and ends from the State Board and elsewhere

There was a lot of education talk last week and not a lot of action. Discussions were had, issues analyzed,...

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I ran the Krispy Kreme Challenge with Superintendent Mark Johnson

So, I ran the Krispy Kreme Challenge with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson this weekend. This all started...

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The weight of personal experience on school choice

As part of National School Choice Week, I had the opportunity last week to visit two separate but distinct places...

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School choice continues to evolve in North Carolina, and an update on community colleges

This week is National School Choice Week, so I thought this would be a good time to check in on...

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Four years later, EdNC is the best job I’ve ever had

When I left Duke University in 2014 after a failed stint in public relations, I said two things: I would...

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What will the Governor give legislative Republicans for Christmas?

As the most recent General Assembly session winds down, a technical corrections bill made its way through the legislature with...

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The stark reality of school safety

It is a stark reality when your General Assembly feels it necessary for all public school students to learn how...

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Can the Innovative School District stand the resistance?

The Innovative School District (ISD) has been controversial since it was first passed by the General Assembly in 2016.  The...

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The next General Assembly session is going to feel different

This changes everything. For the past few years, Republicans have controlled the General Assembly with such clear majorities that they...

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A little context on principal pay

When lawmakers put $35.4 million into principal and assistant principal pay raises during the 2017 long session, it was a move...

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The state’s leaders walking hand-in-hand for a little bit longer

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week that he wants the General Assembly to make a $750 million “down payment”...

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Can the kumbaya moment possibly last?

Hurricane Florence brought devastation to North Carolina, but it also brought some measure of political peace. Leaders who prefer to...