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In my opinion truer words have seldom been spoken on the subject of what needs to be done to improve our schools.
 
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.
 
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?
 
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.
 
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.
 
Assumes national standards are the route to superior academic and economic performance.
Assumes national standards are the route to superior academic and economic performance.
 
Don't panic. That's the message most of us have been hearing all day from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Don't panic. That's the message most of us have been hearing all day from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
 
Well, it appears that public education is back in the news. The North Carolina Bankers Association - of all groups - has endorsed the Common Core curriculum for the state's public schools.
Well, it appears that public education is back in the news. The North Carolina Bankers Association - of all groups - has endorsed the Common Core curriculum for the state's public schools.
 
News outlets and the blogosphere have been filled with stories and opinions concerning the so-called "Walk In" being staged Monday in support of teachers and our schools.
News outlets and the blogosphere have been filled with stories and opinions concerning the so-called "Walk In" being staged Monday in support of teachers and our schools.
 
Of the 26 new public charter schools given preliminary approval to open in fall 2014, two were spearheaded by the Accelerator Program operated by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.
Of the 26 new public charter schools given preliminary approval to open in fall 2014, two were spearheaded by the Accelerator Program operated by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.
 
I have a challenge for you. Recall the best teacher you ever had. Now think about what characteristics that teacher had and compare it to the other teachers you can remember whom you would never have selected as "best." Chances are you can't even remember those who did not make your cut.
I have a challenge for you. Recall the best teacher you ever had. Now think about what characteristics that teacher had and compare it to the other teachers you can remember whom you would never have selected as "best." Chances are you can't even remember those who did not make your cut.
 
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
 
Last week, this column broke the fact that North Carolina ranks at the top (number 11) in state-level spending on education. Although the Tar Heel State ranks 45th on overall spending on education, it has nothing to do with any policy promulgated by the General Assembly.
Last week, this column broke the fact that North Carolina ranks at the top (number 11) in state-level spending on education. Although the Tar Heel State ranks 45th on overall spending on education, it has nothing to do with any policy promulgated by the General Assembly.
 
Politicians who run for office always look for issues they thin will get them votes. I suspect if you could accurately assess it, the high school "dropout" rate might well be one of the top issues non-incumbents have chosen to run "against" over the last half century or so.
Politicians who run for office always look for issues they thin will get them votes. I suspect if you could accurately assess it, the high school "dropout" rate might well be one of the top issues non-incumbents have chosen to run "against" over the last half century or so.
 
Vladimir Lenin said, "A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Professional educrats (education bureaucrats) and their buddies in the mainstream media have taken this quote to heart.
Vladimir Lenin said, "A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Professional educrats (education bureaucrats) and their buddies in the mainstream media have taken this quote to heart.
 
A small change in a North Carolina law affecting charter schools could have a major impact on teacher education in North Carolina.
A small change in a North Carolina law affecting charter schools could have a major impact on teacher education in North Carolina.
 
Gov. McCrory is right on target in calling for this review. But it is not a matter of a certain number of tests that are given but rather what the nature of and use of the tests are.
Gov. McCrory is right on target in calling for this review. But it is not a matter of a certain number of tests that are given but rather what the nature of and use of the tests are.
 
In a previous article, I highlighted questionable assumptions underlying national Common Core Standards (CCS) in English and mathematics, which in 2010 were adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
In a previous article, I highlighted questionable assumptions underlying national Common Core Standards (CCS) in English and mathematics, which in 2010 were adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.
 
It's absolutely refreshing to hear an elected official championing the supremacy of the free market over the iron-fist of the bureaucracy.
It's absolutely refreshing to hear an elected official championing the supremacy of the free market over the iron-fist of the bureaucracy.
 
Vouchers tend to be more transparent and easier for parents to understand than other types of choice options.
Vouchers tend to be more transparent and easier for parents to understand than other types of choice options.
 
It's time for North Carolina and federal leaders to develop healthy skepticism about large-scale government-run pre-kindergarten education in schools - because there's mounting evidence that the programs do little or no good.
It's time for North Carolina and federal leaders to develop healthy skepticism about large-scale government-run pre-kindergarten education in schools - because there's mounting evidence that the programs do little or no good.
 
The single-largest expenditure of state taxpayers funds in North Carolina is public education. We spend billions of dollars on public schools, community colleges, and public universities.
The single-largest expenditure of state taxpayers funds in North Carolina is public education. We spend billions of dollars on public schools, community colleges, and public universities.
 
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.
 
A million years ago I did my doctoral dissertation on court cases that dealt with school spending's impact on student achievement.
 
When I was a principal at a large high school in Wake County back in the 80's the first year we used computers to schedule students' classes we used the old punch card system.
When I was a principal at a large high school in Wake County back in the 80's the first year we used computers to schedule students' classes we used the old punch card system.
 
The committee contemplating a strategic plan for our university system was asked an interesting question in their opening session: How much education does North Carolina need?
The committee contemplating a strategic plan for our university system was asked an interesting question in their opening session: How much education does North Carolina need?
 
Technological and online tools are revolutionizing education in exciting and near-limitless ways. Web-based documentation means teachers can share on-the-spot editorial input even as student scribes craft essays at home.
Technological and online tools are revolutionizing education in exciting and near-limitless ways. Web-based documentation means teachers can share on-the-spot editorial input even as student scribes craft essays at home.
 
While hardball politics is not the place one should ever go looking for intellectual rigor, North Carolina's political culture seems especially prone to hyperbole, illogic, and silliness.
While hardball politics is not the place one should ever go looking for intellectual rigor, North Carolina's political culture seems especially prone to hyperbole, illogic, and silliness.
 
It's a truism in education that high standards fuel rigor. Expect more; get more -- or so the thinking goes. Such a view has spawned a years-long curricular "pushdown" requiring children to learn content and master skills once relegated to their older peers.
It's a truism in education that high standards fuel rigor. Expect more; get more -- or so the thinking goes. Such a view has spawned a years-long curricular "pushdown" requiring children to learn content and master skills once relegated to their older peers.
 
Defenders of the public education status quo like to claim that kids from low-income communities in North Carolina get the short end of the funding stick when compared with kids who live in higher-income areas.
Defenders of the public education status quo like to claim that kids from low-income communities in North Carolina get the short end of the funding stick when compared with kids who live in higher-income areas.
 
Conservative John Tedesco's fight to end forced busing as a member of the Wake County school board made national news.
Conservative John Tedesco's fight to end forced busing as a member of the Wake County school board made national news.
 
After a national outcry over lunch inspections at a pre-K program in Hoke County, the North Carolina Childcare Commission got the message.
After a national outcry over lunch inspections at a pre-K program in Hoke County, the North Carolina Childcare Commission got the message.
 
I hesitated to report this but after a second thought decided to do so simply because it is one of the most debated issues in education. Homework, that is.
I hesitated to report this but after a second thought decided to do so simply because it is one of the most debated issues in education. Homework, that is.
 
The pre-K teacher involved in the "chicken nuggets" incident in Hoke County changed her version of what happened after undergoing three separate interrogations. Margaret Maynor was brought to tears in the third session. She submitted her resignation soon after.
The pre-K teacher involved in the "chicken nuggets" incident in Hoke County changed her version of what happened after undergoing three separate interrogations. Margaret Maynor was brought to tears in the third session. She submitted her resignation soon after.
 
After public outcry over the suspension and resignation of the preschool teacher involved in the nationally reported "chicken nugget" incident, and pressure from a state lawmaker to reinstate her, the Hoke County Board of Education released her personnel file and other documents March 19.
After public outcry over the suspension and resignation of the preschool teacher involved in the nationally reported "chicken nugget" incident, and pressure from a state lawmaker to reinstate her, the Hoke County Board of Education released her personnel file and other documents March 19.
 
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