Punting on Personal Education Plans?

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Lawmakers propose to rid public schools of tool aimed at helping at-risk students In 2001, North Carolina began requiring public schools to administer to some students Personal Education Plans (PEPs) as a way to ensure that children who were identified as at-risk of failing school would receive additional academic support. Some teachers [Continue Reading…]


Politicians took in more than $1 million from UNC Board of Governor hopefuls

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The candidates seeking appointments on the University of North Carolina’s governing board aren’t strangers to lawmakers – many of their names have repeatedly shown up on checks cashed to the politicians’ campaign accounts. The 30 people currently vying for appointment to the board and their immediate family members have contributed more than $1 million to [Continue Reading…]


Effort to “right-size” the UNC system in the works

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Significant changes may be on the horizon for the state’s higher education network, as the University of North Carolina’s governing board considers “right-sizing” the 17-campus system. “The model should be much smaller than it is,” UNC Board of Governor member Harry Smith Jr. said about the UNC system last Thursday, during [Continue Reading…]


K12, Inc., backer of future NC virtual charter school, runs questionable operation in California

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Study, former teacher recount troubling management practices and poor student outcomes Former California Virtual Academy (CAVA) employee Jan Cox Golovich left her job as an online high school teacher a year ago, when she decided the students she was teaching were being cheated out of an education. “CAVA lets students fail. They let [Continue Reading…]


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…]


Public money for private schools: Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of vouchers

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State Supreme Court justices refused to let a surprise snowstorm force yet another rescheduling of arguments in the private school voucher case, opening the courtroom on time Tuesday morning to a less-than-full gallery. Determined to resolve challenges to the state’s recently enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” long before the next school year begins, the [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…]


UNC Poverty Center facing closure, as university system leaders finish review of centers

Jim Holmes of the UNC Board of Governors talks Wednesday with Ted Shaw of UNC's civil rights center.

Three centers in the university system – including a poverty research center run by an outspoken law professor —   should be shut down, according to recommendations approved Wednesday by a special committee of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity was the most well-known among the three [Continue Reading…]


Death to the Map Act

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Court of Appeals says DOT must pay owners for land taken for proposed road projects Michael Hendrix had a contract to sell eight of his 24 acres of land at Old Hollow and Germanton Roads in Winston-Salem for more than a million dollars in early 1998. But because the state Department of Transportation [Continue Reading…]