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NC Senate’s math bill doesn’t add up

Last week, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill that would require high schools across the state to simultaneously offer two completely different math tracks: the integrated math sequence that is currently taught in middle and high schools ...
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School vouchers: We need accountability before further expansion

The subject of school vouchers remains a controversial and divisive matter in North Carolina. To many opponents, they pose an existential threat to the future of public education. To many proponents, they are a potential cure for all ...
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North Carolina should not abandon its commitment to individualized education

Earlier this month, Governor McCrory signed legislation that ends the practice of providing Personal Education Plans (PEPs) to students who are at risk of academic failure. Though probably an unavoidable step given the flawed and sporadic use and ...
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Virtual charter schools recommended in spite of serious academic and financial questions

Despite major concerns and numerous unanswered questions, a special committee appointed by the State Board of Education recently recommended approval of both applicants seeking to create virtual charter schools in North Carolina. While the concept of introducing more ...
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We simply must do better

North Carolina must dramatically improve education for students with disabilities Officials from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will present an alarming report on the educational performance of students with disabilities at today’s State Board of Education ...
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It’s critical to find common ground on Common Core

State lawmakers are quickly advancing legislation during the current legislative session to repeal North Carolina’s previous adoption of the Common Core Standards in education. Unfortunately, the debate on the subject has generated a lot more heat than light. ...
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North Carolina’s looming third grade retention crisis

More than half of North Carolina’s third graders could be held back this year as districts work to implement the state’s new “Read to Achieve” law. The program’s goal of ensuring that all third-graders can read on grade ...
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Will Pat McCrory’s real education agenda please stand up?

As inauguration day draws near, it remains unclear if the Governor McCrory who takes office in January will have more in common with Mayor McCrory, the pro-business moderate, or candidate McCrory, who appeared to take a hard turn ...
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Expansion of charter schools should bring better oversight and more accountability

Charter schools remain among the most controversial and divisive subjects in the national debate over public education. Some see them as them as a critical solution to what ails K-12 schools while others see them simply as a ...
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Taking bucks and passing the buck

North Carolina’s policymakers have developed a consistent two-part approach to improving public schools: take away with one hand and punish with the other. Aside from the implicit paradox involved in punishing children, teachers, and schools while simultaneously removing ...
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