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Lindsay Wagner

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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.
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Punting on Personal Education Plans?

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 ...
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Local school districts anxiously await word on state funding for driver’s education

Phil McGirt has run Cumberland County’s driver’s education program for around 40 years and believes it is to thank for keeping North Carolina’s roads safer than they otherwise might be. But on June 30, money will run out ...
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K12, Inc., backer of future NC virtual charter school, runs questionable operation in California

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

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

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 ...
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The flawed formula for North Carolina’s A-F school grades

State assigns low grade to high poverty school that achieves remarkable academic growth At East Garner Elementary School, Principal Kimberly Burton asked her teachers what they really needed to help their students succeed. Their answer? Time. In the ...
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Do A-F school grades measure progress or punish the poor?

A look at some states’ experiences with pairing a letter grade with a school When the Department of Public Instruction unveils A-F letter grades for all of North Carolina’s 2,500+ schools on Thursday, it won’t be the first ...
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School privatization agenda pushes forward as concerns over accountability grow

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 ...
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Teachers’ group makes pitch to win back tenure for all

Last year, teachers got a big win when a Wake County Superior Court judge struck down part of a 2013 law that would have stripped tenure from educators who had already received it. But Judge Robert H. Hobgood ...
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What’s at stake for North Carolina’s public schools in 2015?

As members of the North Carolina General Assembly make their way back to Raleigh this week for the 2015 legislative session, many have education at the top of their agendas—which is no surprise given that the lion’s share ...
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