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Lindsay Wagner

About the author

Lindsay Wagner, former Education Reporter for N.C. Policy Watch. Wagner now works as a Senior Writer and Researcher at the NC Public School Forum. She has also worked for the American Federation of Teachers in Washington, D.C., as a writer and researcher focusing on higher education issues and for the National Education Association, the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright program and the Brookings Institution and an Education Specialist at the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.
lawgner@ncforum.org

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Education

Lawmakers weigh options to reduce state commitment to retiree health benefits

Despite the fact that North Carolina already ranks near the bottom nationally in the generosity of its retiree health plan—better only than Georgia—Senate and House lawmakers met on Monday to mull over ways to address the plan’s looming ...
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Education

Senate bill proposes ending DPI control of charter school oversight

Administration and oversight for public charter schools has been handled by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for years — but Senator Jerry Tillman, a longtime supporter of charter schools, wants to change that. “DPI was never ...
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Is North Carolina next in line for New Orleans-style takeovers of failing schools?

Around the country, states and cities are trying a new way to boost success rates at low-performing schools. New efforts labeled ‘recovery school districts,’ ‘achievement school districts,’ ‘turnaround schools,’ and the like are making their way into places ...
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In wake of Corinthian Colleges collapse, some NC vets burdened with debt and worthless training

Corey Davis, a veteran living in Greensboro back in 2013, wanted to open his own small company and figured a degree in business was the ticket to success. Davis searched on the Internet for flexible online education options ...
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Regina Dancy and Tamarah Hefner (left to right), teacher assistants at Claremont Elementary in Catawba County, attend an NCATA press conference on Tuesday, June 30, at the N.C. General Assembly. (Photo by Ricky Leung.)
Education

Teacher assistants fight another year to save their jobs

Tamarah Hefner has worked for Catawba County schools for 26 years, driving elementary, middle and high school students to school at dawn and back home at dusk, then educating children in grades K-6 during the hours in between. ...
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Senate pushes to eliminate health retirement benefits for North Carolina’s teachers and state employees

Buried deep in the Senate budget proposal that lawmakers passed last week is a provision that would eliminate state-paid health retirement benefits for teachers and state employees who are hired after January 1, 2016. “This puts the state ...
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Senate budget ends health retirement benefits for future teachers and state employees

Editor’s note: This story is cross-posted from the Progressive Pulse, where it originally appeared. A few short lines in the 2015-17 Senate budget would eliminate state-paid health retirement benefits for teachers and state employees hired after January 1, 2016. “This ...
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NC Senate unveils education budget that guts teacher assistants, rewards less experienced teachers

Senate proposes cutting more than 8,500* teacher assistant positions Senate leaders unveiled portions of a 2015-17 budget proposal Monday that gives teachers an average four percent pay raise and lowers class sizes in the early grades— but much ...
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North Carolina gets an F on its effort to fund public schools

National reports note wide resource disparities Two national reports released this week find that North Carolina is failing to adequately fund its public schools, mirroring a years-long trend of state disinvestment in public education. In documenting the massive ...
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State Board of Education wavers on green-lighting questionable charter school operators

Poor track records, allegations and charges of academic fraud linked to companies hoping to educate North Carolina’s school children The State Board of Education planned to decide this month whether or not to give the go-ahead to 18 ...
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