Jerry Tillman http://wunc.org en NC Bill Asks For Donations, License Plates To Pay Teachers More http://wunc.org/post/nc-bill-asks-donations-license-plates-pay-teachers-more <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers say they want to create an education endowment fund to help pay high-performing teachers more money.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposed bill passed by a Senate Education Committee on Wednesday suggests collecting money for the fund through individual and business donations, tax refunds and special license plates.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:52:39 +0000 Reema Khrais 37534 at http://wunc.org NC Bill Asks For Donations, License Plates To Pay Teachers More 'Alarming' Number Of Teachers Resigning In Wake County http://wunc.org/post/alarming-number-teachers-resigning-wake-county <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>An alarming number of Wake County teachers have resigned midway through this school year, &nbsp;according to school officials. More than 600 teachers have left their jobs since July 2013, an increase of 41 percent from last year. Many critics say the current legislative policies and flat pay scale are discouraging teachers from staying the classroom. Listen to the full report below:&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:35:07 +0000 Reema Khrais 34007 at http://wunc.org 'Alarming' Number Of Teachers Resigning In Wake County Teachers Lash Out At Compensation Task Force Report http://wunc.org/post/teachers-lash-out-compensation-task-force-report <p>Maybe it’s the name. A “Task Force” conjures up an image of a group of people rushing in, grabbing a problem around the neck, and wrestling a solution out of it.</p><p>Any notion that that might happen with the <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/Committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&amp;sActionDetails=Non-Standing_6602">Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force</a> was doused with cold water by co-chair Rob Bryan when he presented the group’s final report.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:08:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33812 at http://wunc.org Teachers Lash Out At Compensation Task Force Report 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 Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model http://wunc.org/post/ranking-teachers-nc-bets-big-complicated-stats-model <p>Next month, a million or so North Carolina public-school students between third and twelfth grade will start taking tests. Lots of them. Reading and math tests for the younger kids; biology, Algebra, and English for the older kids.</p><p>Their scores will be tabulated and run through some servers at SAS Institute, a private company in Cary. There, software called <a href="http://www.sas.com/en_us/industry/k-12-education/evaas.html">EVAAS </a>will compare the test score the student earned to one a statistical model predicted the student should get.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:56:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33382 at http://wunc.org Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model Budget Passes, Headed To Governor http://wunc.org/post/budget-passes-headed-governor <p><span lang="EN">Both houses of the State Legislature have passed a final $20.6 billion dollar budget. </span>Much of today's debate in the House and Senate centered on the cuts to public education. Those cuts&nbsp;include eliminating about 2,000 teacher assistant positions and ending teacher tenure.</p><p dir="LTR" align="LEFT">"You cut a half a billion dollars out of education in this budget in order to make up for the tax giveaway that you did for the wealthy and the out-of-state corporations," said Democrat Martin Nesbitt,&nbsp;&nbsp;the Senate Minority Leader.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:06:24 +0000 Dave DeWitt 19560 at http://wunc.org Budget Passes, Headed To Governor Schools Get Waivers From Longer Year http://wunc.org/post/schools-get-waivers-longer-year <p>Most North Carolina school districts will not have to add five days to their upcoming school year. It's the second year that waivers have been granted from an extension mandated by the General Assembly. The State School Board authorized the waivers. Ninety-one of the state's 115 school districts have gotten them so far. Board Chairman Bill Harrison says teachers need those five days to prepare for new national curriculum standards. Plus, he says it would cost $14 million system-wide. State Senator Jerry Tillman is a major proponent of the school year extension.<br> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 2968 at http://wunc.org