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The Department of Public Instruction spent $76 million of Coronavirus Relief Funds without making sure the money was helping students, a new audit report says.
The Department of Public Instruction spent $76 million of Coronavirus Relief Funds without making sure the money was helping students, a new audit report says.
 
Every February, the Information Analysis section of the Division of School Business at the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) publishes “Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget.”
Every February, the Information Analysis section of the Division of School Business at the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) publishes “Highlights of the North Carolina Public School Budget.”
 
State Superintendent Mark Johnson is challenging a temporary stay against implementing Istation, the state’s new reading diagnostic tool.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson is challenging a temporary stay against implementing Istation, the state’s new reading diagnostic tool.
 
During a Friday, June 28, conference call, the State Board of Education agreed to delay implementing Istation, the state’s newly picked K-3 reading diagnostic tool.
During a Friday, June 28, conference call, the State Board of Education agreed to delay implementing Istation, the state’s newly picked K-3 reading diagnostic tool.
 
Hurricane Florence severely damaged schools across North Carolina and left hundreds of thousands of children without homes or classrooms
Hurricane Florence severely damaged schools across North Carolina and left hundreds of thousands of children without homes or classrooms
 
The State Board of Education isn't finished fighting N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson in court
The State Board of Education isn't finished fighting N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson in court
 
Draft Teacher Turnover Report Shows Improvement
 
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a member of the State Board of Education, opposes the lawsuit the board announced it will file challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 17, a measure passed in mid-December by the General Assembly reorganizing several aspects of state government
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a member of the State Board of Education, opposes the lawsuit the board announced it will file challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 17, a measure passed in mid-December by the General Assembly reorganizing several aspects of state government
 
According to a report (PDF) published by the NC Department of Public Instruction, 79,575, or 5.2 percent, of North Carolina's public school students attend a charter school in North Carolina this year.
According to a report (PDF) published by the NC Department of Public Instruction, 79,575, or 5.2 percent, of North Carolina's public school students attend a charter school in North Carolina this year.
 
A frustrated parent. A frustrated teacher. And a frustrated education policy-maker. That pretty well sums up the field of Republican candidates for state education superintendent who made their way to Pinehurst Thursday night for a candidate forum.
A frustrated parent. A frustrated teacher. And a frustrated education policy-maker. That pretty well sums up the field of Republican candidates for state education superintendent who made their way to Pinehurst Thursday night for a candidate forum.
 
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.
 
In my opinion truer words have seldom been spoken on the subject of what needs to be done to improve our schools.
 
The question of whether North Carolina education spending has increased or decreased is front and center in the race for U.S. Senate. Supporters of Democrat Kay Hagan's campaign have bombarded the airwaves with claims that Republican candidate Thom Tillis cut $500 million from the state education...
The question of whether North Carolina education spending has increased or decreased is front and center in the race for U.S. Senate. Supporters of Democrat Kay Hagan's campaign have bombarded the airwaves with claims that Republican candidate Thom Tillis cut $500 million from the state education...
 
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.
 
The headlines sounded great. 56 percent of our students passed their end of grade tests, compared to just 44 percent last year.
The headlines sounded great. 56 percent of our students passed their end of grade tests, compared to just 44 percent last year.
 
School accountability comes in two forms -- parental choice and testing.
 
I got a private message over the weekend from a drive-by media personality who works for one of the better-known media outlets in the eastern part of North Carolina.
I got a private message over the weekend from a drive-by media personality who works for one of the better-known media outlets in the eastern part of North Carolina.
 
Soon, the North Carolina General Assembly will vote on a history-making budget agreement which provides the largest teacher pay raise in North Carolina history and creates the North Carolina Education Endowment.
Soon, the North Carolina General Assembly will vote on a history-making budget agreement which provides the largest teacher pay raise in North Carolina history and creates the North Carolina Education Endowment.
 
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.
 
Legislators are being told one thing by McCrory's staff about the governor's policy positions, and then are hearing something totally different from the governor in media coverage.
Legislators are being told one thing by McCrory's staff about the governor's policy positions, and then are hearing something totally different from the governor in media coverage.
 
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.
 
For years teachers have felt frustrated because they believe they are underpaid for a mentally and physically demanding job.
For years teachers have felt frustrated because they believe they are underpaid for a mentally and physically demanding job.
 
I have NO PROBLEM with anything you say. I used to type up my mother's tests on that smelly alcohol duplicator stencil.
I have NO PROBLEM with anything you say. I used to type up my mother's tests on that smelly alcohol duplicator stencil.
 
Tom Campbell, of NC Spin recently suggest that "Let's take teacher pay off the table." No he was not suggesting that the issue of teacher pay be ignored, but quite the opposite...that it be "settled" once and for all.
Tom Campbell, of NC Spin recently suggest that "Let's take teacher pay off the table." No he was not suggesting that the issue of teacher pay be ignored, but quite the opposite...that it be "settled" once and for all.
 
Just try to implement some kind of frugality in public education budgets. You'll get all kinds of teeth-gnashing, wailing and crying about starving tha lil' chil'ren.
Just try to implement some kind of frugality in public education budgets. You'll get all kinds of teeth-gnashing, wailing and crying about starving tha lil' chil'ren.
 
From the standards grows an entire industry that seeks to make money "training" educators how to get students to do at least well enough on those tests.
From the standards grows an entire industry that seeks to make money "training" educators how to get students to do at least well enough on those tests.
 
This article is Part I of a two-part series examining how North Carolina's public school system pays its teachers.
This article is Part I of a two-part series examining how North Carolina's public school system pays its teachers.
 
A number of years ago, our Legislature had a new idea: Let's follow many other states and keep NC Education strong by putting in a Lottery to raise money.
A number of years ago, our Legislature had a new idea: Let's follow many other states and keep NC Education strong by putting in a Lottery to raise money.
 
Do other professions require their "best" employees to give up an accomplishment to get a raise?
Do other professions require their "best" employees to give up an accomplishment to get a raise?
 
Governor Pat McCrory, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis announced on Monday a unified strategy to make North Carolina's starting teacher salaries among the highest in the Southeast.
Governor Pat McCrory, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis announced on Monday a unified strategy to make North Carolina's starting teacher salaries among the highest in the Southeast.
 
This week, the North Carolina State Board of Education will review school district alternatives to the third grade Read to Achieve assessments.
This week, the North Carolina State Board of Education will review school district alternatives to the third grade Read to Achieve assessments.
 
In an editorial earlier this week, News & Observer editors admonished those who seek to slow down the implementation of Common Core Standards and want the state to back out from national testing requirements.
In an editorial earlier this week, News & Observer editors admonished those who seek to slow down the implementation of Common Core Standards and want the state to back out from national testing requirements.
 
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.
 
Governor Pat McCrory offered a preview of his education initiatives that he said are being built on delivering high academic results for students and rewarding and respecting the state's teachers.
Governor Pat McCrory offered a preview of his education initiatives that he said are being built on delivering high academic results for students and rewarding and respecting the state's teachers.
 
This week, the subject of textbook funding has been brought to the fore by an article, and subsequent editorial, published in the News & Observer.
This week, the subject of textbook funding has been brought to the fore by an article, and subsequent editorial, published in the News & Observer.
 
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) issued the following joint statement today in response to yet another frivolous lawsuit filed by the North Carolina affiliate of the national teachers’ union.
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) issued the following joint statement today in response to yet another frivolous lawsuit filed by the North Carolina affiliate of the national teachers’ union.
 
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.
 
When you've spent 40 years inside the state bureaucracy, it's understandable that your world-view might be a little disjointed.
When you've spent 40 years inside the state bureaucracy, it's understandable that your world-view might be a little disjointed.
 
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