What They’re Saying About Education In NC – (10/9/15) #NCED

NCED IconSome quick hits in education news from around the state of North Carolina.

Upcoming Events: 
The next NC Common Core Commission meeting is October 17th.

#1 – Raleigh parents disappointed with WCPSS Board’s Reassignment Plan

#2 – WCPSS budget to include teacher raises

“The Wake County school board revised its 2015-16 operating budget Tuesday to fund pay raises for all 18,000 school employees. The budget includes $16 mllion in raises for teachers, $1.8 million to raise pay for teachers who do extra duties and $6 million to give a 3-percent pay raise to support staff, which includes positions such as bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers and teacher assistants.

The school board adopted a budget in May that requested $48.3 million more from the Wake County Board of Commissioners, with $16 million covering the first installment of a five-year plan to raise teacher pay to the national average by 2020. Superintendent Jim Merrill has said it would cost $80 million to raise Wake’s average teacher salary of $49,597 to the national average of more than $56,000.”

Reminder: Last year, Wake county’s supplement pay was the 3rd  highest in the state at $5,444.

#3 – All Time High’ Teacher Turnover Narratives Return – #nced #ncga
Follow-up: More on the NC Teacher Turnover Report by the Media – #NCED #NCGA
Related: NC imports more teachers than it exports

#4 – A closer look at the WalletHub data
Related: Wallet Hub Ranking More of a Wallet Flub

#5 – NC’s Version Of Bill Gates Is Backing Jeb ‘Common Core’ Bush.

#6 – Charlotte Observer Follows Dr. Stoops’ Accurate Analysis
Key take-away: “Change in free lunch program brings inconsistency in data”
Flashback: Did News and Observer Do The Free/Reduced Lunch Math?

#8 – Gates Backed Hope Street Group Push Agenda Using Wake Taxpayer Resources

#9 – State Board of Ed Questions School Grading System

“This grade of C doesn’t reflect the wonderful things that are going on at Mineral Springs Elementary School,” said board member A.L. “Buddy” Collins. “It’s going to be hard for anybody to find a better elementary school that Mineral Springs in the state of North Carolina.”

Collins said the grading system is based off proficiency and growth but doesn’t tell the whole story.

“I do not think the grading system reflects what’s going on in the schools,” Collins said. “If all you know about a school is the grade, you don’t know a whole lot about what’s going on.

“Not A Homeschool” Updates (Archive here)

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
This entry was posted in Academic Standards Review Commission, EDUCATION, NC DPI, Wake County School Board and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.