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

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Cotham: Senate bill shields salaries of for-profit charter schools

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 | 1 Comment
Study: Charter schools get better results for less money

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
Parents, students struggle with Read to Achieve

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
NC Education spending on decades-long slide

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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Announced 8 percent teacher raise based on ‘scuttlebutt’

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Announced 8 percent teacher raise based on ‘scuttlebutt’

by Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer, July 8, 2014. An electronic update emailed by N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte’s office Monday contained startling news: “The Senate, House and Governor have all put forward plans to address teacher pay.  The conference committee negotiating differences in the plans has agreed upon 8% pay raises.” Reporters in Charlotte and […]

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Race-based preferences in peril at UNC Chapel Hill

| July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Race-based preferences in peril at UNC Chapel Hill

by Harry Painter, Carolina Journal, July 8, 2014. In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court took a step toward weakening racial preferences in university admissions. Ed Blum is trying to end them for good nationwide, potentially starting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is the ongoing […]

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Compromise reached on Common Core repeal

| July 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
Compromise reached on Common Core repeal

by Mark Binker, WRAL, July 2, 2014. House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a bill that they say will repeal North Carolina’s use of Common Core standards for K-12 education. Although a formal conference report, which would be the final compromise version of Senate Bill 812, has not yet been filed, negotiators from both […]

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Governor McCrory and Speaker Tillis move education budget to separate bill

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Governor McCrory and Speaker Tillis move education budget to separate bill

by John Frank, Charlotte Observer, June 25, 2014.  Just when lawmakers hoped to finish the legislative session, hostility among Republican leaders flared amid negotiations on the $21 billion state budget plan. Gov. Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis on Wednesday endorsed a new spending measure that separates top priorities – including teacher and state employee […]

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Berger talks education with ‘Moral Monday’ protestors

| June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Berger talks education with ‘Moral Monday’ protestors

by Mark Binker and Laura Leslie, WRAL, June 9, 2014. Educators who came to the legislature to protest with the “Moral Monday” movement asked for a meeting with Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger Monday night – and got one. Berger, R-Rockingham, the top leader in the 50-member chamber, met for roughly an hour with the group […]

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg racial data refuels diversity concerns

| June 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
Charlotte-Mecklenburg racial data refuels diversity concerns

by Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer, June 8, 2014. Almost half of all African-American and Hispanic students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools attend schools that are more than 90 percent nonwhite, according to delayed 2013-14 school demographics. The racial breakdowns, stalled by problems with a state data system, landed as the nation marked the 60th anniversary of […]

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