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No report is more controversial, misunderstood, and misread than the Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession.
Last week, the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the state's annual teacher turnover report. The overall turnover rate for the 2014-2015 school year climbed to 14.84 percent, a 0.7 percent increase from a year prior. The release of the report generated extensive media coverage, a...
The truth is that education school enrollment is dropping nationwide. According to the latest Title II reports published by the U.S. Department of Education, there was a 30 percent drop in education school enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years. Nearly 110,000 fewer students...
Did you hear that 15 percent of North Carolina's public schoolteachers left the profession last year, and that conditions are so bad that teachers are leaving our state in droves to teach somewhere else?
Democrats like Roy Cooper and the rest of the 'sky-is-falling' crowd on the left are once again peddling false information and statistics in an attempt to mislead North Carolinians on education and teacher pay. While they say that teachers are leaving NC, the fact is that North Carolina is...
Last week, the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the state's annual teacher turnover report. The overall turnover rate for the 2014-2015 school year climbed to 14.84 percent, a 0.7 percent increase from a year prior. The release of the report generated extensive media coverage, a...
No report is more controversial, misunderstood, and misread than the Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession.
One of the many things I like about North Carolina is a provision in the NC General Statutes that forbids collective bargaining by public employees. Thanks to that law, North Carolina public employee unions are, politically, relatively weak. In states without such laws, on the other hand, public...
Two weeks ago, I listed some actions by California State Attorney General Kamala Harris that had brought her notoriety, but I ran out of space before I could list them all. One of the actions I omitted pertains to the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. As I explained last week...
The truth is that education school enrollment is dropping nationwide. According to the latest Title II reports published by the U.S. Department of Education, there was a 30 percent drop in education school enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years. Nearly 110,000 fewer students...
Governor Pat McCrory congratulated the state's teachers for helping achieve one of the highest high school graduation rates in North Carolina's history. For the 2014-15 school year, the high school graduation rate was 85.4 percent, a 17 point improvement from the 2005-06 academic year.
On Friday, September 11, the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom joined several other state-based legal and policy organizations in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the freedom of employees to choose what political causes they support. In a joint amicus brief in the case of...
In June, Wake County commissioners approved an extra $44.6 million for Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS). About half the money will go for raises and additional pay; $16 million for teacher pay, $1.8 million for teachers who take on extra duties, and another $6 million for 3 percent raises for...
Governor Pat McCrory sent a special video message to teachers and educators across North Carolina this weekend before the first day of school, thanking them for their hard work and pledging his continued support to improve teacher pay.
It is back-to-school time, which means that the mainstream media and public school advocacy groups are busy telling folks that Republicans are jeopardizing the welfare of North Carolina's public schools. What do the facts say?
A bill that would allow the state to gather more detailed information on why teachers leave the state and the profession - a topic that has become a political football for both parties - is in conference committee as lawmakers attempt to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions.
Keana C. Triplett, an English teacher from Ashe County High School, has been named the 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Triplett was chosen among eight regional teachers of the year as well as the charter school teacher of the year.
Governor Pat McCrory spoke with teachers from throughout the state today for a meeting of his Teacher Advisory Committee, a committee re-established in September 2013 to address the needs of North Carolina K-12 teachers and students.
Everyone can remember one or more teachers who had a significant impact on their life.
Earlier this month, Dr. Alisa Chapman, Vice President for Academic and University Programs for the University of North Carolina System, briefed members of the NC State Board of Education on the background, demographics, and qualifications of the state's teaching profession.
There are concerns that students who pursue careers in education represent the least capable of those students who pursue college degrees. As Thomas Sowell observed in Inside American Education, "Consistently, for decades, those college students who have majored in education have been among the...
Reporter Lynn Bonner and the News and Observer showed us once again why people have stopped buying newspapers: Reporters keep trying to make the news, not report it.
In "Maintaining rigor and listening to teachers in the debate over academic standards," Keith Poston of the Public School Forum argues against changing the Common Core math and English standards, since he believes members of the state's Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) are working to...
A State Board of Education task force may scrap longstanding end-of-grade tests for a system of interim assessments designed to provide more reliable and immediate data to identify students who need help in core subject areas.
The end of the school year is in sight, which means that North Carolinians will be subjected to a slew of "take this job and shove it" missives from the state's public school teachers. As usual, the attention given to them will be overblown.
How can we differentiate the pay of teachers on the basis of their performance while also treating them fairly? This familiar education-policy debate used to play out at the Hood family dinner table.
Because of the tremendous benefits conferred by better education, it would be great if policymakers knew precisely what silver bullets to fire to eliminate obstacles to higher achievement.
Now that the North Carolina General Assembly has convened its 2015 session, let's look at what legislators have done over the last four years to improve our public schools and consider what they still have to do.
Call me a starry-eyed optimist. I don't assume that those who disagree with me about school reform are out to destroy the education system. I assume they share my goal of expanding educational opportunities and getting a better rate of return on money spent on schools. We simply disagree about...
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