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Kris Nordstrom

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Nine ways in which “school choice” and its overzealous backers are harmful to NC public schools

At a recent Civitas Institute panel discussion, former state senator Joel Ford lamented that – because he supports charter schools – he gets labeled as “anti-public school.” Ford, now a board member of school choice propaganda mill Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), appeared confused as to why critics throw that label at him.

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Local conservative group wildly over-inflates actual costs of NCAE’s policy priorities

Last week, the John Locke Foundation attempted to tar the NCAE’s 2019 policy priorities by claiming they would cost $6 billion. The analysis, such as it is, betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of some of the biggest issues faced by North Carolina policymakers. A more accurate estimate would put the NCAE’s policy priorities at about $1.2 billion per year.

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Superintendent Johnson uses new website to gaslight educators

Under North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study, 6th graders are expected to understand the difference between the average and median of a distribution of numbers. So the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mark Johnson, is certainly aware that you should never compare the median of one data set to the average of another data set.

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Flawed classroom supplies legislation is based on lawmaker’s false premise

Last Wednesday, Superintendent Mark Johnson was joined by important members of the House and Senate for what they promised would be “a major announcement regarding education in North Carolina.” While the hype for the announcement was major, the announcement itself was a dud. The “major announcement” was a plan to divert funding for classroom supplies from school districts to an app that would give every teacher $400 to spend on classroom supplies.

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The fine print: How North Carolina charters are — secretly — lagging behind traditional public schools

Did you know that student performance in North Carolina charter schools is increasingly falling behind traditional public schools? Probably not. After all, that message was absent from state charter office Director Dave Machado’s presentation to the Board last week, nor will you find it in the related Charter Schools Annual Report submitted to...

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NC’s latest school takeover experiment will deny Goldsboro students the education they deserve

On Monday night of this week, acclaimed education researcher Richard Rothstein spoke to community members at Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham. Rothstein opened his talk with an uncontroversial, yet under-appreciated, fact: social and economic characteristics of children are the primary predictors of student achievement.

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Legislative leaders’ latest claims about NC education funding are bogus

Since the beginning of August, Republican leaders have been peddling a weird claim to demonstrate their supposed dedication towards funding public schools. According to Speaker of the House Tim Moore, Republicans have “doubled the share of new state spending for public schools since 2011, compared to eight years prior of Democrat leadership in the legislature.” This would be a weird number to hang one’s hat on...

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As teachers and students return, state and federal lawmakers are still failing to address school safety

School has started again for most North Carolina children. And last week, Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education was debating whether schools could use federal funds to purchase guns for teachers.

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Weekend “must read”: Ten education policies to watch closely in the 2018 legislative session

With the 2018 legislative session underway, and rumors of a budget being unveiled soon, below are 10 education issues that bear close monitoring. 1. Teacher salaries ...

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Why both sides are wrong: NC’s teacher pay ranking is even worse than it appears

A tired story repeats itself every year when state rankings of teacher pay are released. Public school advocates claim that North Carolina’s low teacher pay ranking and shortfall from national average pay levels indicate that we aren’t paying our teachers enough. Right-wing pundits then try to rebut the public school advocates by claiming that – when adjusted for North Carolina’s lower cost-of-living – teacher pay is actually pretty good.

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