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Judge rules NC school voucher program unconstitutional

| August 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Matthew Burns, WRAL, August 21, 2014. A Superior Court judge on Thursday overturned a state law that awards taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families who want to send their children to private or religious schools. Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship program is unconstitutional, upholding legal challenges filed by the North Carolina Association […]

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DPI to cut more than 50 jobs serving struggling schools, infrastructure

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch, August 14, 2014. The agency tasked with implementing the state’s K-12 public school laws and policies is coping with a 10 percent funding cut handed down by lawmakers last week by eliminating more than 50 jobs, many of which are devoted to helping struggling schools. “We’re abolishing approximately 54 […]

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Home schooling rate accelerates in N.C.

| August 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

by T. Keung Hui, News and Oabserver, August 13, 2014. North Carolina’s home schools are growing at a record rate and are now estimated to have more students than the state’s private schools. New figures from the state show there were 60,950 home schools in the 2013-14 school year, a 14.3 percent increase from the […]

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New pay plan for teachers sows confusion

| August 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Lynn Bonner and Jane Stancill, News and Observer, August 4, 2014. Joe Barley-Maloney was miffed last week when he saw the new state salary schedule for teachers leveling off at $50,000 a year for those with 25 years of experience and more. Barley-Maloney, a U.S. history teacher at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, has […]

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NC Budget pays for teacher raises from reserves, lottery, cuts to programs

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Craig Jarvis, Charlotte Observer, August 1, 2014. The driving force behind the Republican-written $21.25 billion budget the Senate approved around 12:30 a.m. Friday was to substantially increase teacher pay by moving money around in whatever creative ways were necessary to make that happen. The price tag on that 7 percent average raise is $282 million. It […]

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Report: Charters give students, taxpayers more bang for the buck

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, July 29, 2014. A new national study concludes that charter schools in North Carolina and other states uniformly outperform traditional public schools, and have a significantly better return on investment for taxpayers. One finding of the report refutes critics who have claimed North Carolina charters cherry-pick the best students from […]

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Cotham: Senate bill shields salaries of for-profit charter schools

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer, July 24, 2014. Conflict over disclosure of charter-school salaries flared anew Thursday as House Democrats said a Senate-approved bill shields for-profit management companies from revealing who they hire and how much they pay. In a Thursday evening news conference, Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, led the call for the public […]

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Study: Charter schools get better results for less money

| July 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

by Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer, July 24, 2014. Students in N.C. charter schools earned higher reading and math scores in 2011 than their counterparts in traditional public schools,  while the charter schools got less money for doing it,  according to a new study from the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform. The latest study, […]

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Parents, students struggle with Read to Achieve

| July 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Julie Ball, Asheville Citizen-Times, July 10, 2014. Yashika Smith’s daughter broke down and cried when she didn’t pass her end-of-grade reading test on the first try. “That was the only time I saw her break down,” Smith said. “She said ‘I did the best I could. I really, really did.’ That broke my heart.” […]

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NC Education spending on decades-long slide

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Cullen Browder, WRAL, July 8, 2014. North Carolina public schools account for the largest segment of the state budget every year, but that slice of the budget pie has been shrinking for years. WRAL News reviewed budget numbers for the last 30 years and found that the percentage of general fund dedicated to K-12 […]

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