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 ...Read more Comments Off on Punting on Personal Education Plans?
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 ...Read more Comments Off on Local school districts anxiously await word on state funding for driver’s education
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 ...Read more Comments Off on K12, Inc., backer of future NC virtual charter school, runs questionable operation in California
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 ...Read more Comments Off on The A-F school grades endgame: Improving public schools or paving the way for charters?
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 ...Read more Comments Off on Local school districts submit plans to the General Assembly for differentiated teacher pay pilot
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 ...Read more Comments Off on The flawed formula for North Carolina’s A-F school grades
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 ...Read more Comments Off on Do A-F school grades measure progress or punish the poor?
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 ...Read more Comments Off on School privatization agenda pushes forward as concerns over accountability grow
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 ...Read more Comments Off on Teachers’ group makes pitch to win back tenure for all
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 ...Read more Comments Off on What’s at stake for North Carolina’s public schools in 2015?