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Despite the claims of some, North Carolina is not a "net exporter of teachers."
Despite the claims of some, North Carolina is not a "net exporter of teachers."
 
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven." During hard times we recognize the need to hunker down and reduce spending.
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven." During hard times we recognize the need to hunker down and reduce spending.
 
Members of a state legislative panel are concerned that a new federal education law could keep in place controversial Common Core educational standards that dictate to states how students are taught and what they must learn.
Members of a state legislative panel are concerned that a new federal education law could keep in place controversial Common Core educational standards that dictate to states how students are taught and what they must learn.
 
Despite the claims of some, North Carolina is not a "net exporter of teachers."
 
A teacher, a lawyer, and a doctor all say North Carolina needs a new leader in the state's highest elected position for education policy, and are laying claims to why they should be at the helm.
A teacher, a lawyer, and a doctor all say North Carolina needs a new leader in the state's highest elected position for education policy, and are laying claims to why they should be at the helm.
 
State Rep. Edward Hanes, D-Forsyth, said a proposed Achievement School District that would operate with charter school flexibility is a step in the right direction to turn around low-performing schools that are "death traps" for the prospects of minority children.
State Rep. Edward Hanes, D-Forsyth, said a proposed Achievement School District that would operate with charter school flexibility is a step in the right direction to turn around low-performing schools that are "death traps" for the prospects of minority children.
 
Lefties like to paint those of us on the right,who resist the dark side, as bigots. But they should take a good hard look at themselves.
Lefties like to paint those of us on the right,who resist the dark side, as bigots. But they should take a good hard look at themselves.
 
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the state's annual teacher turnover report. The overall turnover rate for the 2014-15 school year was 14.8 percent, a 0.7 percentage point increase from a year prior. While the actual rate of teacher turnover is an important metric...
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the state's annual teacher turnover report. The overall turnover rate for the 2014-15 school year was 14.8 percent, a 0.7 percentage point increase from a year prior. While the actual rate of teacher turnover is an important metric...
 
Last week, the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the state's annual teacher turnover report. The overall turnover rate for the 2014-2015 school year climbed to 14.84 percent, a 0.7 percent increase from a year prior. The release of the report generated extensive media coverage, a...
Last week, the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the state's annual teacher turnover report. The overall turnover rate for the 2014-2015 school year climbed to 14.84 percent, a 0.7 percent increase from a year prior. The release of the report generated extensive media coverage, a...
 
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student performance data for all schools and school districts in the state. The release included school performance grades, end-of-course and end-of-grade achievement level results, school accountability growth data, the 4-year and...
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student performance data for all schools and school districts in the state. The release included school performance grades, end-of-course and end-of-grade achievement level results, school accountability growth data, the 4-year and...
 
Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
 
An academic institution cannot be all things to all people; it is a particular institution that fills particular needs and has particular limitations. Too expansive a mission can easily be turned toward wasteful means and political ends.
An academic institution cannot be all things to all people; it is a particular institution that fills particular needs and has particular limitations. Too expansive a mission can easily be turned toward wasteful means and political ends.
 
It gets downplayed in the drive by media, but the public school are required to report annually to the legislature on the crime situation within the state's public schools each year.
It gets downplayed in the drive by media, but the public school are required to report annually to the legislature on the crime situation within the state's public schools each year.
 
When folks talk about poverty in schools, they typically reference the number of students who receive a free or reduced price lunch (FRL), which means that I often need to consult FRL statistics published annually by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI). But reviewing last year's data...
When folks talk about poverty in schools, they typically reference the number of students who receive a free or reduced price lunch (FRL), which means that I often need to consult FRL statistics published annually by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI). But reviewing last year's data...
 
The taxpayers of North Carolina have historically made a tremendous commitment to education, and the next biennium will continue that legacy. More than 54 percent, or over $12 billion of our General Fund spending will be directed to education in each year of the biennium.
The taxpayers of North Carolina have historically made a tremendous commitment to education, and the next biennium will continue that legacy. More than 54 percent, or over $12 billion of our General Fund spending will be directed to education in each year of the biennium.
 
Today North Carolina released A-F grades for all traditional public and charter schools. News outlets have been all over the story and pundits are angling to put a spin on what is expected to be a tough day for many schools.
Today North Carolina released A-F grades for all traditional public and charter schools. News outlets have been all over the story and pundits are angling to put a spin on what is expected to be a tough day for many schools.
 
When the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released school performance grades earlier this month, public school advocacy groups noted that the grades reflected the socioeconomic makeup of the schools. They observed that schools with few free and reduced price lunch students generally...
When the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released school performance grades earlier this month, public school advocacy groups noted that the grades reflected the socioeconomic makeup of the schools. They observed that schools with few free and reduced price lunch students generally...
 
In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly implemented an A-F school grading system for all public schools in the state. Two years later, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released school performance grades for the first time. These grades reflect the performance of schools for the 2013-14...
In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly implemented an A-F school grading system for all public schools in the state. Two years later, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released school performance grades for the first time. These grades reflect the performance of schools for the 2013-14...
 
For the first time, the state has assigned letter grades to each public school in North Carolina. The grades are designed to allow parents and taxpayers to be better informed about the performance of public schools in their areas and statewide.
For the first time, the state has assigned letter grades to each public school in North Carolina. The grades are designed to allow parents and taxpayers to be better informed about the performance of public schools in their areas and statewide.
 
In 1959, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (N.C. DPI) published a guide to observing "special days" in the state's public schools. Inspired by N.C. DPI's "Observance of Special Days" guide, I think our public elementary schools should reexamine the idea of dedicating certain...
In 1959, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (N.C. DPI) published a guide to observing "special days" in the state's public schools. Inspired by N.C. DPI's "Observance of Special Days" guide, I think our public elementary schools should reexamine the idea of dedicating certain...
 
Reporter Lynn Bonner and the News and Observer showed us once again why people have stopped buying newspapers: Reporters keep trying to make the news, not report it.
Reporter Lynn Bonner and the News and Observer showed us once again why people have stopped buying newspapers: Reporters keep trying to make the news, not report it.
 
The Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession is here!
 
After state legislators approved a ten percent reduction to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) $70 million budget, state education officials and their boosters sounded the alarm.
After state legislators approved a ten percent reduction to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) $70 million budget, state education officials and their boosters sounded the alarm.
 
After state legislators approved a 10 percent reduction to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's $70 million budget, state education officials and their boosters sounded the alarm.
After state legislators approved a 10 percent reduction to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's $70 million budget, state education officials and their boosters sounded the alarm.
 
One would think that the process of comparing and reporting test scores would be a straightforward matter. In North Carolina, state standardized testing is anything but straightforward.
One would think that the process of comparing and reporting test scores would be a straightforward matter. In North Carolina, state standardized testing is anything but straightforward.
 
School accountability comes in two forms -- parental choice and testing.
 
Standardized testing for public school students concluded last month, but the debate about the state's accountability system continues.
Standardized testing for public school students concluded last month, but the debate about the state's accountability system continues.
 
The N.C. Senate proposed reducing the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget by 30 percent, while their counterparts in the House proposed a 1 percent cut.
The N.C. Senate proposed reducing the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget by 30 percent, while their counterparts in the House proposed a 1 percent cut.
 
The N.C. Senate proposes reducing the state Department of Public Instruction's budget by 30 percent, while the House proposes a 1 percent cut. Should North Carolina put DPI on a diet?
The N.C. Senate proposes reducing the state Department of Public Instruction's budget by 30 percent, while the House proposes a 1 percent cut. Should North Carolina put DPI on a diet?
 
The annual teacher turnover report produced by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction shows the number of public schoolteachers who've left their jobs across the state during the past year.
The annual teacher turnover report produced by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction shows the number of public schoolteachers who've left their jobs across the state during the past year.
 
A distance-education professor is East Carolina University's recipient of one of the state's highest teaching honors.
A distance-education professor is East Carolina University's recipient of one of the state's highest teaching honors.
 
The NC General Assembly should create two permanent commissions that would be charged with raising the quality and rigor of state English Language Arts and mathematics standards, curricula, and assessments.
The NC General Assembly should create two permanent commissions that would be charged with raising the quality and rigor of state English Language Arts and mathematics standards, curricula, and assessments.
 
Two new permanent commissions should help North Carolina leaders decide whether to modify or replace controversial Common Core public school standards.
Two new permanent commissions should help North Carolina leaders decide whether to modify or replace controversial Common Core public school standards.
 
I have a pretty utilitarian view of class sizes. Sometimes smaller class sizes make a big difference. Special needs students and those who require intensive instruction or remediation surely benefit from smaller classes.
I have a pretty utilitarian view of class sizes. Sometimes smaller class sizes make a big difference. Special needs students and those who require intensive instruction or remediation surely benefit from smaller classes.
 
The story began in the early 1990s, when Baker lived in Houston, Texas, with his family. He had recently sold his computer company and was looking for a new pursuit to spice up retirement.
The story began in the early 1990s, when Baker lived in Houston, Texas, with his family. He had recently sold his computer company and was looking for a new pursuit to spice up retirement.
 
There are a lot of upset teachers in North Carolina these days, or so it seems, from media reports. The target of their ire is the Republican-led Legislature.
There are a lot of upset teachers in North Carolina these days, or so it seems, from media reports. The target of their ire is the Republican-led Legislature.
 
Since Jim Hunt's final term as governor, North Carolina policymakers and education activists have been fixated on raising the salaries of K-12 public school teachers to a "national average" compiled by the nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association.
Since Jim Hunt's final term as governor, North Carolina policymakers and education activists have been fixated on raising the salaries of K-12 public school teachers to a "national average" compiled by the nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association.
 
Recent headlines have called attention to the issue of state public school textbook funding. Partisans have tried to score political points with quotes like the following...
Recent headlines have called attention to the issue of state public school textbook funding. Partisans have tried to score political points with quotes like the following...
 
It has been nearly three years since the left-leaning Center for American Progress published a superb report, Return on Educational Investment: A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity. In the report, CAP Senior Fellow Ulrich Boser made the case that decades of...
It has been nearly three years since the left-leaning Center for American Progress published a superb report, Return on Educational Investment: A District-by-District Evaluation of U.S. Educational Productivity. In the report, CAP Senior Fellow Ulrich Boser made the case that decades of...
 
The table represents full-time equivalent (FTE), state paid, classroom teachers as of the 3rd pay period. The FTE counts were obtained through the NC Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) Educational Directory and Demographical Information Exchange (EDDIE) database.
The table represents full-time equivalent (FTE), state paid, classroom teachers as of the 3rd pay period. The FTE counts were obtained through the NC Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) Educational Directory and Demographical Information Exchange (EDDIE) database.
 
Some left-wing commentators have speculated that a sizable number of public school teachers are leaving North Carolina to teach in states that are, presumably, more hospitable to the profession. They want the public to believe that policies instituted by Republican lawmakers are to blame. It is...
Some left-wing commentators have speculated that a sizable number of public school teachers are leaving North Carolina to teach in states that are, presumably, more hospitable to the profession. They want the public to believe that policies instituted by Republican lawmakers are to blame. It is...
 
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