The A-F school grades endgame: Improving public schools or paving the way for charters?

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When North Carolina launched its new A-F school grading system in early February, the cacophony of cries that came with it centered on the stigma and inequity inherent in labeling schools with letter grades. High poverty schools whose students are at a disadvantage when it comes to standardized tests received D’s and F’s; wealthier schools [Continue Reading…]


Local school districts submit plans to the General Assembly for differentiated teacher pay pilot

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Seventy five of North Carolina’s 115 school districts have submitted teacher compensation proposals to the General Assembly with the hope of participating in a pilot program that would reward highly effective teachers with bonuses. The pilot, “Differentiated Pay for Highly Effective Teachers,” comes at a time when the state is facing what [Continue Reading…]


School privatization agenda pushes forward as concerns over accountability grow

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Vouchers. Charter schools. Virtual charter schools. These are some of the leading examples of school choice – a catchy phrase referring to what others call education reform or, more simply put, school privatization –and the movement has most definitely made inroads in North Carolina. Students can now use taxpayer dollars to attend private [Continue Reading…]


Lawmakers make modest education recommendations to 2015 General Assembly

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A state legislative committee tasked with making recommendations to the General Assembly for how to improve public education in North Carolina issued a modest report on Tuesday, proposing more flexibility for local school districts in implementing third grade reading requirements and taking a hands-off approach, at least for now, in ensuring the viability [Continue Reading…]