Category Archives: Education

Durham Schools Drops Teach For America

Here is an interesting tidbit. Durham schools has dropped their contract with Teach for America (TFA), citing the district no longer needs the group and that their turnover rate isn’t in line with the district’s retention goals.

The district has worked with TFA for the past decade and currently has 12 teachers from the program in local schools: Six at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, four at Neal Magnet Middle School and two at Eastway Elementary School.

The Board of Education last month decided not to renew TFA’s contract, saying the district no longer needs the group’s help and that local schools need teachers willing to commit more than the two years TFA requires.

“We want to build a strong teacher workforce that’s made up of career educators,” school board Chairwoman Heidi Carter said Friday. “Our job is to look long term and make decisions that will benefit the most students over time.”

Carter said the inconsistency and turnover after TFA teachers leave can create problems, especially in high-risk schools where many of the teachers are placed.

“No organization in the business world builds its workforce from temp employees, and basically, that’s what this would be doing.” she said. – WRAL

This criticism about turnover is not new. Flashback to 2011 when Diane Ravitch spoke at Duke:


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Poll: McCrory Only Leads Cooper By 2

The Left in North Carolina is unimpressed. The Independents aren’t really digging him either. The Right? Well, this governor is bleeding supporters — especially over Common Core. Can’t say that the legislature is fond of him at the moment either – the song and dance about the coal ash commission being unconstitutional comes to mind.

Will Governor McCrory be a one hit wonder?

Sept. Poll – @PatMcCroryNC only leads by 2. Gee, maybe playing President Business/Jim Hunt II is backfiring? #ncpol

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) September 18, 2014 Continue reading

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Attn NC Common Core Fighters: Get To The First Commission Meeting

Are you fighting Common Core in North Carolina?
Come join the rest of us at the first Academic Standards Review Commission Meeting.

Stand in solidarity, Stop Common Core and
Monday, September 22nd
2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
State Construction Office Conference Room, 4th Floor, Education Building
301 N. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC. Continue reading

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NC Opportunity Scholarship Funds Released By Appeals Court

Some good news for the over 1,800 kids depending on the Opportunity Scholarships which were already approved, yet the funding transfer was held up. A NC Appeals court has ordered the release of those funds.

New at Carolina Journal Online: Appeals Court releases voucher money #ncpol #schoolchoice #ncga #nced

— JohnLockeFoundation (@JohnLockeNC) September 19, 2014

Read the order here:


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#NCDEMS Want You To Look At Jessica Holmes…

#NCDEMS Want You To Look At Jessica Holmes…

But fail to mention, again, that she’s a lawyer for the NCAE. Oh and a Moral Monday participant:

NCAE attorney Jessica Holmes speaks out for public education. #moralmonday #ncpol

— Moral Mondays (@MoralMondays) December 18, 2013

10:56 AM (1 hour ago)

Take a look at our Wake County Democrat in Action, JESSICA HOLMES!

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