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7:43 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Gov. McCrory Hopes To Give Schools Flexibility With Make Up Days

Governor Pat McCrory says he'll work with education leaders to help give schools more flexibility in making up for time lost due to the winter storm.
Credit NC Governor's Office

In light of the winter storm, Governor Pat McCrory says he will work with education leaders to review laws on make up days for public schools.

This week's snow storm led to closings that lasted up to three days for many schools across the state, forcing school officials to make tough decisions on how to make up for the lost time. Many schools still need to make up time from last month's snow. 

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Weather
9:53 am
Thu February 13, 2014

[VIDEO] Best School Closing Announcement Ever In NC?

Michael Ulku-Steiner and Lee Hark announced school closing via Youtube
Credit screenshot from Youtube video

The administrators at Durham Academy posted their school closing announcement yesterday via video. We added it to our weather newsfeed/blog, but think it's so good, it deserves its own post.

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Education
4:31 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Republicans Hope Salary Increases Ease Teacher Turnover

The Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate drew more than 1,000 educators, policy makers, and lawmakers to the Raleigh Convention Center.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Diane Ravitch is an education historian. She’s also a best-selling author and hugely influential on social media. In the past few years, she’s also become the champion for traditional public school teachers. What she isn’t, is subtle.

“North Carolina is bleeding talent,” she told the crowd at the Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh on Tuesday. “North Carolina is bleeding experience. North Carolina has a brain drain caused by bad policy.”

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Education
5:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Pay Cuts, End Of Tenure Put North Carolina Teachers On Edge

Elementary school students in North Carolina stand outside their school in November, during an event organized by teachers to protest changes in public education.
Dave DeWitt WUNC

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:00 pm

Teacher salaries are losing ground fast in North Carolina.

Jennifer Spivey has been a teacher for three years at South Columbus High School, on the north side of the border between the Carolinas. She's been recognized as an outstanding teacher; she has a master's degree, and last summer she won a prestigious Kenan fellowship to improve education. But she still lives in her parents' basement.

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Education
4:07 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Teacher's Room BLOG: You Know What Teachers Do. Right?

Credit WUNC File Photo

2/24/14:

Fascinating article published over the weekend by the Washington Post entitled "You Think You Know What Teachers Do. Right? Wrong." The author, Sarah Blaine, spent two years teaching English Language Arts at a rural public high school. She left to be a lawyer.

Here's an excerpt from the middle of the post:

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Education
3:59 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republicans Plan To Pay Some NC Teachers More, Democrats Scoff

Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to the Emerging Issues Forum on Monday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Republican leaders in North Carolina have announced a plan to increase teacher compensation. It would raise the starting salary for new teachers, making North Carolina much more competitive in what it pays new teachers – especially when measured against southern states like Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Governor Pat McCrory chose his old high school, Ragsdale High in Guilford County, to announce the plan to pay new teachers a more competitive salary.

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The State of Things
10:58 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Meet Diya Abdo

Diya Abdo
Credit http://www.guilford.edu/about/faculty-staff/profile/index.aspx?linkid=370&moduleid=17

Meet activist and scholar Diya Abdo

 

Growing up as a Palestinian in Jordan, Diya Abdo straddled multiple cultures. Her love of American literature brought her to the United States. 

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Education
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

NC Board Of Ed Calls Two Schools ‘Not High-Quality,’ Doesn’t Renew Their Charters

The State Board of Education voted to not renew PACE Academy's charter for another year after finding issues of noncompliance and accountability. Leaders of the school, however, intend to appeal the decision.
Credit Reema Khrais

Citing poor performance and compliance problems, the State Board of Education voted to not renew the charters of two schools in Carrboro and Morehead City.

The state’s Charter School Advisory Board recommended to the Board of Education in December to terminate the charters held by PACE Academy and Coastal Academy for Technology and Science.

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Education
10:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Under Pressure, NC Schools Request Different Third-Grade Reading Tests

School districts say current assessments under the Read to Achieve mandate are excessive and take away from teaching time.
Credit Judy Baxter via Flickr

Calling the current testing mandate excessive, school districts are asking the State Board of Education if they can implement their own tests to fulfill the state’s new reading law for third-grade students.

Under the Read to Achieve law, passed last year, third-grade students are required to attend summer reading camps if they are not reading at grade level by the end of the year.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

How NC Funding Of Schools Differs From Most States

North Carolina's public schools receive 58% of their funding from the state government.
Credit Dave DeWitt

North Carolina ranks eighth in the nation in the percentage of state funding schools receive, according to officials.

The state’s public schools receive 58% of their revenues from the state government, compared to nation’s average of 44%. The remaining profits come from local and federal sources, though most states receive about 50-50 from state and local levels.

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