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Spellings tells UNC Board of Governors she will not micromanage

| February 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

by  Julia Sims, WRAL, February 13, 2016. Margaret Spellings pledged on Friday to prove herself as a leader who would foster an affordable and accessible UNC system despite facing vocal criticism and protests over her appointment. Speaking for the first time in public before the UNC Board of Governors, Spellings acknowledged the acrimony that had […]

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Berger vs. Atkinson, Round 3

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, February 4, 2016. State budget officials have sided with top Senate leaders in their spat with state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson over whether education officials diverted money from the classroom to salaries for bureaucrats. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said on Monday that be believes $3.8 million lawmakers had set aside […]

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UNC confirms declining enrollments in teacher programs

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Kelly Hinchcliffe, WRAL, February 3, 2016. Student enrollment in teacher education programs in the UNC System has declined 30 percent since 2010, a UNC System official told State Board of Education members at their meeting Wednesday.2 From fall 2014 to 2015, the enrollment declined 3.4 percent. That includes students in undergraduate and graduate teacher […]

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House Speaker: No 10 percent pay raises for teachers

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, The Charlotte Observer, January 28, 2016. House Speaker Tim Moore said he’d like to give teachers raises this year, but rejected a proposal for a 10 percent increase, calling it unrealistic. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson suggested the 10 percent base pay increase Wednesday at a meeting of a House select […]

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Legislator likens failing schools to “death traps” for minorities

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, January 27, 2016. 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. Hanes made his remarks during a meeting […]

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Student protests disrupt UNC Board of Governors’ meeting

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Julia Sims and Tara Lynn, WRAL, January 26, 2016. Students protesting program cuts and the hiring of University of North Carolina President-elect Margaret Spellings disrupted the UNC Board of Governors meeting Tuesday morning. UNC-Chapel Hill police had to forcibly remove some of the two dozen or so chanting protesters from the board room, and […]

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Forest says most of money for Masters’ degrees didn’t benefit classrooms

| January 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Jackie Starkey, Carteret County News-Times, January 20, 2016. Ahead of this fall’s election, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest swung through the county briefly Tuesday to let voters know he feels the state’s Republican-led legislature has the momentum to push North Carolina to the top. “We went from having the fifth highest unemployment in the United […]

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NC Controller gives NCAE until Feb. 1 to verify membership

| January 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, January 21, 2016. North Carolina’s Office of State Controller has asked the state’s largest teachers group to verify its membership numbers or risk losing the ability to have members deduct their dues directly from paychecks. The notice, sent Thursday, came in response to a {{a href=”blogpost-1}}Dec. 1 letter by Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell{{/a}}, which […]

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Court blocks Nevada Education Savings Accounts

| January 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Review online, January 14, 2016. Supporters of Nevada’s groundbreaking Education Savings Account (ESA) program were disappointed earlier this week when a state judge granted an injunction stopping the program, saying it takes away money from the public schools and the program is unconstitutional. Friends of the Nevada program, one the most ambitious school […]

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Low-performing schools hire more low-performing teachers

| January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Kelly Hinchcliffe, WRAL, January 7, 2016. Last month, State Board of Education member Olivia Holmes Oxendine asked staff at the Department of Public Instruction about the quality of teachers at low-performing schools. This week, she got her answer. “There is a difference in who they hire,” said Thomas Tomberlin, DPI’s director of district human […]

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