Phil Berger http://wunc.org en 'The Teacher Couch Summit,' Tweet By Tweet http://wunc.org/post/teacher-couch-summit-tweet-tweet <p>Monday night, 15 Moral Monday protesters sat in front of Senate Leader Phil Berger’s door.&nbsp; Berger wasn't in his office, so the protesters sat there until the Senate session ended. Soon, State Capitol Police began to usher everyone out. They said that the building was closing, everyone had to leave. Reporter Dave DeWitt was with the protesters. He wrote about what happened next this way:</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:33:30 +0000 Carol Jackson, Dave DeWitt & Reema Khrais 36999 at http://wunc.org 'The Teacher Couch Summit,' Tweet By Tweet Moral Monday, Phil Berger, And The Surprise 'Teacher Couch Summit' http://wunc.org/post/moral-monday-phil-berger-and-surprise-teacher-couch-summit <p>Bryan Proffitt fully expected to go to jail Monday night. He spent most of the day at Hillside High School, where he teaches history, proctoring exams. A few hours after the final school bell, he was in an upstairs auditorium at the state Legislature, rallying supporters.</p><p>“We’re generally a pleasant and rule-following bunch,” he said. “But when you attack our students, when you threaten our schools and our communities and their families and you bully us and our co-workers, than you’d better prepare for what happens next.”</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 05:15:26 +0000 Dave DeWitt 36981 at http://wunc.org Moral Monday, Phil Berger, And The Surprise 'Teacher Couch Summit' Test Stress And The Third-Grade Teacher http://wunc.org/post/test-stress-and-third-grade-teacher <p>In the back corner of Stephen Elrod’s third-grade classroom, a man is lurking who wants to take the children’s money. He’s not a real man, and it’s not real money. It’s a large cartoon drawing of a maniacal character clutching fistfuls of dollars. A plastic bin is attached to the wall below the picture, filled with play money.</p><p>“Every time we take a test like Case 21 or EOG we either give him money or we keep our money,” explains Joanne, one of the students. “And, if we don’t make our goal, we have to give him some money, and if we do make our goal, we get to keep our money.”</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 08:55:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 35758 at http://wunc.org Test Stress And The Third-Grade Teacher State Senate President Lays Out Goals For Short Session http://wunc.org/post/state-senate-president-lays-out-goals-short-session <p>The head of North Carolina's state Senate, Phil Berger, says he's looking forward to beginning this year's six-week legislative session.</p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:51:39 +0000 Jessica Jones 35155 at http://wunc.org State Senate President Lays Out Goals For Short Session Competitive Teaching? NC Wrestles With Paying Best Teachers More http://wunc.org/post/competitive-teaching-nc-wrestles-paying-best-teachers-more <p>This is an issue with way more than just two sides. To illustrate how convoluted and complicated paying teachers has become, consider this fairly simple argument from Terry Stoops, the Director of Education Studies at the conservative John Locke Foundation:</p><p>“Frankly it’s unfair to our highest-performing teachers,” Stoops says. “There’s no reason why the Teacher of the Year in North Carolina should make as much as any other teacher.”</p><p>Now here’s an actual, real life North Carolina Teacher of the Year, who, in a free market, would get paid more:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33384 at http://wunc.org Competitive Teaching? NC Wrestles With Paying Best Teachers More Republicans Hope Salary Increases Ease Teacher Turnover http://wunc.org/post/republicans-hope-salary-increases-ease-teacher-turnover <p>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.</p><p>“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.”</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 30427 at http://wunc.org Republicans Hope Salary Increases Ease Teacher Turnover Republicans Plan To Pay Some NC Teachers More, Democrats Scoff http://wunc.org/post/republicans-plan-pay-some-nc-teachers-more-democrats-scoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>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.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:59:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 30363 at http://wunc.org Republicans Plan To Pay Some NC Teachers More, Democrats Scoff Teachers Fight Over Loss Of Tenure, New Contracts http://wunc.org/post/teachers-fight-over-loss-tenure-new-contracts <p>There are 95,000 public school teachers in North Carolina, give or take. So how many, given their only chance to comment publicly on the end of tenure, would make their way to downtown Raleigh to voice their displeasure? Hundreds? Thousands, maybe?</p><p>Try four.</p><p>But maybe the low attendance wasn’t so much a reflection on teachers’ anger – it might just speak more to their sense of duty. The public hearing, after all, was scheduled on a Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM. Hardly convenient for a teacher.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:33:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 29023 at http://wunc.org Teachers Fight Over Loss Of Tenure, New Contracts Potential Successors To Congressman Coble Step Forward http://wunc.org/post/potential-successors-congressman-coble-step-forward <p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:02:54 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 26482 at http://wunc.org Potential Successors To Congressman Coble Step Forward Where We Are Now: Teaching In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/where-we-are-now-teaching-north-carolina <p>Earlier this year, as the North Carolina General Assembly was just beginning its session, Senate Leader Phil Berger stood before the media to explain what he hoped to accomplish. Not surprisingly, much of his efforts were going to be focused on education.</p><p>“The goal obviously is to make sure that our kids have every opportunity to succeed in their educational environment but also in life,” Berger said. “Right now, our public educational system is failing too many of our students and we need significant improvement there.”</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:59:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 26075 at http://wunc.org Where We Are Now: Teaching In North Carolina