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Tuesday’s elections brought many surprises. Certainly one of the larger ones on the state level was Mark Johnson’s victory over State Superintendent June Atkinson
Tuesday’s elections brought many surprises. Certainly one of the larger ones on the state level was Mark Johnson’s victory over State Superintendent June Atkinson
 
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.
 
Legislation creating a state Office of Charter Schools and shifting management of those alternative public schools from the Department of Public Instruction to the State Board of Education has cleared the General Assembly and awaits Gov. Pat McCrory's signature.
Legislation creating a state Office of Charter Schools and shifting management of those alternative public schools from the Department of Public Instruction to the State Board of Education has cleared the General Assembly and awaits Gov. Pat McCrory's signature.
 
Late last month, Chief of School Nutrition Services for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Dr. Lynn Harvey appeared before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce...
Late last month, Chief of School Nutrition Services for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Dr. Lynn Harvey appeared before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce...
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Liberal politicians, left-wing activists, and the teacher union may not like it, but the North Carolina General Assembly is not about to abandon its reforms of teacher hiring, firing, and compensation. That's because the lawmakers who enacted them are familiar with the empirical research about what
Liberal politicians, left-wing activists, and the teacher union may not like it, but the North Carolina General Assembly is not about to abandon its reforms of teacher hiring, firing, and compensation. That's because the lawmakers who enacted them are familiar with the empirical research about what
 
I'm talking about the political struggle over North Carolina's 3rd-grade reading standard, not the violent struggle between Paul Newman and the prison warden in "Cool Hand Luke." Nevertheless, the consequences could be severe if North Carolina's dispute isn't resolved. Any resolution, in turn...
I'm talking about the political struggle over North Carolina's 3rd-grade reading standard, not the violent struggle between Paul Newman and the prison warden in "Cool Hand Luke." Nevertheless, the consequences could be severe if North Carolina's dispute isn't resolved. Any resolution, in turn...
 
Two new permanent commissions should help North Carolina leaders decide whether to modify or replace controversial Common Core public school standards. That's the recommendation the John Locke Foundation's top education expert puts forward in a new Spotlight report.
Two new permanent commissions should help North Carolina leaders decide whether to modify or replace controversial Common Core public school standards. That's the recommendation the John Locke Foundation's top education expert puts forward in a new Spotlight report.
 
On Tuesday, December 17th, the NC General Assembly Common Core Study Committee held its first public hearing to address Common Core. I attended, as well as other activists and Tea Party leaders all across the state.
On Tuesday, December 17th, the NC General Assembly Common Core Study Committee held its first public hearing to address Common Core. I attended, as well as other activists and Tea Party leaders all across the state.
 
What we know about North Carolina’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards has changed since the John Locke Foundation released 35 Questions About Common Core: Answers for North Carolinians in April 2013.
What we know about North Carolina’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards has changed since the John Locke Foundation released 35 Questions About Common Core: Answers for North Carolinians in April 2013.
 
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.
 
A week before each monthly NC State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, state board staff post an agenda and meeting materials on the board's meeting website.
A week before each monthly NC State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, state board staff post an agenda and meeting materials on the board's meeting website.
 
The N.C. Virtual Public School is doing a poor job tracking enrollment figures, a new audit says. "Student enrollment is a key factor used to calculate NCVPS teacher pay," says the report, prepared by state Auditor Beth Wood's office. "As a result, there is an increased risk that errors could be...
The N.C. Virtual Public School is doing a poor job tracking enrollment figures, a new audit says. "Student enrollment is a key factor used to calculate NCVPS teacher pay," says the report, prepared by state Auditor Beth Wood's office. "As a result, there is an increased risk that errors could be...
 
More teachers are moving to other public schools in the North Carolina system than in the past, and that is the No. 1 reason cited for teacher turnover in 2012-13, according to a state Department of Public Instruction report prepared for the State Board of Education that will be submitted to the...
More teachers are moving to other public schools in the North Carolina system than in the past, and that is the No. 1 reason cited for teacher turnover in 2012-13, according to a state Department of Public Instruction report prepared for the State Board of Education that will be submitted to the...
 
Parents and taxpayers continue to ask questions about new Common Core standards as they are implemented in North Carolina's public schools. Five months after releasing a question-and-answer primer on Common Core, the John Locke Foundation recently released a revised, expanded version of that...
Parents and taxpayers continue to ask questions about new Common Core standards as they are implemented in North Carolina's public schools. Five months after releasing a question-and-answer primer on Common Core, the John Locke Foundation recently released a revised, expanded version of that...
 
Remember when debates over educational standards were "wonky" (read: boring) discussions of goals for student learning? Unfortunately, those days are long gone.
Remember when debates over educational standards were "wonky" (read: boring) discussions of goals for student learning? Unfortunately, those days are long gone.
 
The superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, June Atkinson, has insisted that teachers were a crucial part of the state's planning process for Common Core.
The superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, June Atkinson, has insisted that teachers were a crucial part of the state's planning process for Common Core.
 
While North Carolina's mainstream media was on its extended Labor Day vacation, The Heartland Institute decided to pick up the slack and do a little reporting about what's happening within our fair state's public education system
While North Carolina's mainstream media was on its extended Labor Day vacation, The Heartland Institute decided to pick up the slack and do a little reporting about what's happening within our fair state's public education system
 
An ancient Chinese philosopher once said: "If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit."
An ancient Chinese philosopher once said: "If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit."
 
An editorial the Fayetteville Observer published in late June declared that North Carolina is facing a teacher shortage because "teacher pay stinks." This assessment of the teacher labor supply had been prompted by remarks by Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, who speculated that...
An editorial the Fayetteville Observer published in late June declared that North Carolina is facing a teacher shortage because "teacher pay stinks." This assessment of the teacher labor supply had been prompted by remarks by Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, who speculated that...
 
State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said her concerns about allowing students to use vouchers to offset the cost of private schooling was more a principled support of public schools' role in modern society than the effect vouchers could have in meeting individual children's...
State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said her concerns about allowing students to use vouchers to offset the cost of private schooling was more a principled support of public schools' role in modern society than the effect vouchers could have in meeting individual children's...
 
It's getting harder and harder to defend our new Republican governor here in North Carolina.
 
Lt Gov. Dan Forest sent DPI Secretary June Atkinson roughly 20 pages worth of questions about the controversial Common Core curriculum. Did Lt. Dan get his answers?
Lt Gov. Dan Forest sent DPI Secretary June Atkinson roughly 20 pages worth of questions about the controversial Common Core curriculum. Did Lt. Dan get his answers?
 
Few pieces of education legislation filed this year have been subject to more debate than House Bill 944: Opportunity Scholarship Act.
Few pieces of education legislation filed this year have been subject to more debate than House Bill 944: Opportunity Scholarship Act.
 
Governor Pat McCrory convened the first North Carolina Education Cabinet meeting in nearly three years today. At the meeting, the group outlined several key goals and objectives to improve our education system.
Governor Pat McCrory convened the first North Carolina Education Cabinet meeting in nearly three years today. At the meeting, the group outlined several key goals and objectives to improve our education system.
 
With the election of a Republican governor and supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, observers expect to see changes in the state's approach t
With the election of a Republican governor and supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, observers expect to see changes in the state's approach t
 
Graduation rates among North Carolina's growing number of Hispanic students rose nearly 21 percent in six years, but there is disagreement in identifying the reason for the trend.
Graduation rates among North Carolina's growing number of Hispanic students rose nearly 21 percent in six years, but there is disagreement in identifying the reason for the trend.
 
Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory became North Carolina's third Republican governor since Reconstruction and the first since the 19th century to work with a General Assembly controlled by his own party, as the GOP built on its electoral momentum from 2010.
Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory became North Carolina's third Republican governor since Reconstruction and the first since the 19th century to work with a General Assembly controlled by his own party, as the GOP built on its electoral momentum from 2010.
 
John Tedesco is a ‘lightening rod” of new ideas charged by his conviction that that he can improve the North Carolina school system. And I think he can do it.
John Tedesco is a ‘lightening rod” of new ideas charged by his conviction that that he can improve the North Carolina school system. And I think he can do it.
 
Across North Carolina our teachers are being asked to do more with less, and have been for many years.
Across North Carolina our teachers are being asked to do more with less, and have been for many years.
 
There was no disguising harsh sentiments between candidates for state superintendent of public instruction at a public forum in Raleigh Monday night when incumbent Democrat June Atkinson and Republican challenger John Tedesco clashed over a 90-minute span.
There was no disguising harsh sentiments between candidates for state superintendent of public instruction at a public forum in Raleigh Monday night when incumbent Democrat June Atkinson and Republican challenger John Tedesco clashed over a 90-minute span.
 
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson is traveling across the Tar Heel State to educate voters about the relationship between smaller class sizes and improved student performance.
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson is traveling across the Tar Heel State to educate voters about the relationship between smaller class sizes and improved student performance.
 
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