What They’re Saying About Education In NC – WE 10/23/15 – #NCED

NCED IconThese are some of the education stories from around the state of North Carolina.

The list is long this week.

Common Core Commission Update:
October NC Common Core Commission Meeting Highlights – #ASRC

This Week’s Hot Take: Wake County Board of Ed attacks Parents on Common Core
More: Wake County Board of Ed Clueless on Common Core
Related: Wake Board of Ed gives Superintendent a raise; refuses to make goals list public

#1 –  VIDEO: Dr. Atkinson Questioned on Common Core, Grant Money – #StuffAtkinsonSays

#2 – NC community college remediation rate is 42%
Yet our state’s high school graduation rate is 83.9%? Common Core math?

#3Test scores paint a bleak picture of Project LIFT and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reform efforts
Key quote:

Three years into the five-year Project LIFT, which is working with more than $50 million in private donations to boost achievement in the West Charlotte High School zone, only one of the nine schools had more than half its students testing at grade level last year.

#4McCrory Appoints New Education Adviser.. who no one has heard of

#5Fight at Apex High Caught on Video

#6 The Washington Post is deeply concerned about Education in NC… or something

Ms. Strauss,
It would be nice for you to have included that when the Democrats controlled the General assembly, the step-pay increases for teachers were frozen by former Gov. Beverly Perdue. Those step-increases have now been restored. The General Assembly also increased entry level pay. 

I’ve looked at the top 5 reasons for leaving for the last 17 years of Turnover reports. Not once in 17 years has pay been a top five reason.
North Carolina’s turnover report includes 28 line items. Of those 28 items, staying in NC to teach at another school was  triple that leaving the state and the largest group with 3,082.  Those leaving the state was 1,028…out of around 96,000 teachers.
By the way, over the last 3 years, the total number of teachers in NC has grown as well.

The next largest group on the list was teachers who retired with full benefits. That total was 1,755.

Yes, the number leaving to teach out of state has risen the last few years, but the number of teachers from out of state coming to NC has exceeded the number leaving.  In other words, we are importing more than we are exporting.
For example in 2013-14, 734 left the state,  1,985 out of state teachers applied for NC licences to come teach in the state. That’s a net gain of 1,251.

#7 – Updated DPI chart shows larger per student increase than first thought

#8 – Cumberland Cty: Wake teacher supplements hurt other districts
File this under: No one is ever happy. For crying out loud… districts set their own supplement rate.

#9What failed Jeb Bush Ed reforms will Horn bring back to fob off on NC this time?
Is this trip to Denver on the taxpayer dime?

#10 – State change increases number of low-performing schools
Looks like Wake County takes another hit:

“Changes made by North Carolina state legislators in defining low-performing schools have doubled the number of Wake County schools receiving that designation this year.”

(Courtesy of Carolina Plott Hound)

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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1 Response to What They’re Saying About Education In NC – WE 10/23/15 – #NCED

  1. Geek49203 says:

    Living on the other side of the mountains (Kentucky) I hear the local political rhetoric here about education. Same conditions (urban and Appalachian problem areas), but you’d never know it if you compared the two. Oh, and so far, no one in Kentucky is sitting in an office somewhere calling up the WaPost, NYTimes, HuffPo, etc.


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