What They’re Saying About Education In NC – 11/27/15 – #NCED

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ACTION ITEM: @SpeakerRyan, Two Days To Vet 391 Pages Impacting Millions of Kids?
Related: Call Your Reps: ESEA Reauthorization Needs To Be Seen By Public, Vote Delayed

Highlights: School crime/violence continues in CMS, WCPSS areas, School choice surging, Governor McCrory steps up & joins Amicus Brief and an update on Special Snowflakes on College Campuses.

Reminder: The final  Academic Standards Review Commission meeting is Friday, December 18th.

The commission’s report with recommendations on replacing and changing Common Core is due by midnight, December 31st.

Most Recent meeting: NC Common Core Commission Meeting Highlights – 11/13/15
Related: News and Observer Is Obsessed with Common Core
More: As NC Common Core Commission Wraps Up, DPI Starts 5 YR Annual Review
Also: HUGE: State Of Missouri Loses On Appeal Of Common Core SBAC Assessment Judgement

#1 – ​McCrory Steps Up To Protect North Carolina Schools, Joins Amicus Brief Sans AG Cooper
Related:That Was Fast: @RoyCooperNC will NOT defend NC Children

#2 – Test scores mask disturbing achievement gap
More: Elephant In The Room: Does Common Core Hurt Minority Kids?
Related: Fed Lawsuit: Yes, ACT and College Board Can Sell Your Child’s Data

#3 – New WCPSS Enrollment Numbers: Parents Want Choice
Related: Poll Shows School Choice Increasing In Popularity
Key  Poll Question/ Take-Away:

Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement, “Parents have the right to choose a school for their child that will best meet their child’s educational needs and supports their values.”

87% Total Agree
9% Total Disagree
64% Strongly Agree
23% Somewhat Agree
5% Somewhat Disagree
4% Strongly Disagree
3% Undecided/Don’t Know
1% Refused

#4 – #WCPSS’s Kushner at it again shaming the public.
Cites ridiculously unscientific Wallethub… How embarrassing.
Related: Christine Kushner’s term ending as Wake County school board chair

#5 – ​​Poll examines diversity attitudes in CMS, Wake and 3 other districts 
They could have just asked a Realtor and saved the tax payer nearly half a million:

Mickelson and two other professors – Toby Parcel of N.C. State University and Stephen Smith of Winthrop University – created the poll with a $482,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, a government agency that supports scientific research. The study is designed to help districts formulate “policy that will better support socioeconomic mixing of students, which enhances diversity by promoting educational attainment and upward mobility in society, especially for at-risk students,” the abstract says.

#6 – Charlotte schools refused to provide numbers, details on crime reported on campus
More Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Violence:

#7 – Teens charged with threatening Chapel Hill High School

#8 – Police investigating video of alleged East Chapel Hill High sex assault on student with special needs

#9 – Wake County installing cameras inside all school buses

#10 – Legislators take aim at teachers’ association leader

#11 – Parents, Do You Know What Goes On In Your Kid’s School?

#12 – Supplement pay blamed, yet had 15th highest in state at $3,785 for 2014-15, Teacher turnover spikes in Johnston

#13 – Money Can’t Buy Teachers’ Love

#14 – GEE, this article isn’t creepy at all.
Especially this part:

The most effective way to address these challenges is throughout a child’s early life, when 85 percent of brain development occurs. As Nobel Laureate Professor James J. Heckman says, “Human capital begins at birth. The foundation for school, career and life success is largely determined through the development of cognitive and character skills beginning in children’s earliest years.”

#15 – We Track Teacher Turnover, Perhaps We Should Track DPI Turnover Too. 

Special Snowflakes Updates

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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