WRAL Report On Edgecombe Teacher Turnover Doesn’t Include Supplemental Pay Figures

A lengthy, well-written and detailed article at WRAL which covers the high teacher turnover rate in Edgecombe county mentions supplemental pay, but doesn’t give the figures.

Teacher PayThese figures are important to understand why some counties might have higher turnover rates than others.

These figures do not include details such as average base pay level, benefits or additional supplements for masters degrees.

Here’s Edgecombe’s number of teachers (which also is the same number claiming the supplemental pay) and the average supplemental rates for the last five years:

  • 2011-12: 506 teachers, $1,582
  • 2012-13: 508 teachers, $1,556
  • 2013-14: 447 teachers, $1,570
  • 2014-15: 459 teachers, $1,575
  • 2015-16: 452 teacher, $2,141

Between the 2011-12 school year and the 2015-16 year, Edgecombe had a net loss of 54 teachers. This drop comes despite the slight uptick in teacher pay over this time period.

Each district sets their own supplemental pay rates. This is not set by the legislature.

Bear in mind that the top five districts for supplemental pay as of figures compiled in 2015-16 are far greater than Edgecombe’s.

The number of teachers below is the number claiming the supplemental pay, not all did as indicated by the asterisk:

  • Wake: 9,919 teachers, $6,975
  • Durham*: 2,194 teachers, $6,790
  • Charlotte Meckelenburg*: 10,326 teachers, $6,764
  • Chapel Hill: 958 teachers, $6,315
  • Orange*: 600 teachers, $5,200

In the 2015-16 year, supplemental pay in Wake county was around  3.25 times higher than that of Edgecombe.

Some districts have zero supplemental pay. Historically, these districts with zero supplement have included Cherokee County Schools, Clay County Schools, Graham County Schools, Halifax County Schools, Weldon City Schools, Madison County Schools, Swain County Schools.

Note: This site maintains a historical spreadsheet of supplemental rates and can be requested by email (TheLL1885@gmail.com) for review.


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NC Big Media Still Silent on Suit To Remove Keever – #ncpol #ncdems

KeeverAs previously reported by this site, the larger media outlets in North Carolina have remained silent on the attempts by the African-American Caucus (AAC) of the NC Democratic Party to remove Patsy Keever as party chair.

Media continued to ignore it even after the group filed suit in Wake County.

The only outlet who has reported on this turn of events to date is the Tribune Papers. All four were penned by Roger McCredie.

A noted above,  one article claimed the petition was a ‘hoax‘. This ‘hoax’ claim prompted a swift response from the petitioners, who filed an editorial with the paper.  The article was penned by three of the petitioners –  Perry Graves, Vaeria Conyers and Chenita Johnson.

Excerpt:

The African American Caucus (AAC) of the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Auxiliary (AAC-NCDP) are the Petitioners of the legitimate Verified Petition requesting removal of NCDP chairperson Patsy Keever (Aycock) for proper cause.

Our Petition was properly filed with the North Carolina Democratic Party(NCDP)on June 8, 2016 in accordance with the NCDP By-Laws.

The Asheville Tribune published three articles regarding this Petition. In each article there were factual errors, and the reporter did not accurately represent the Petitioners and the Petition content.

As Petitioners, we seek Truth and Justice under Law, and to correct the published inaccuracies, factual errors, and misrepresentations in the Asheville Tribune’s three articles.

The article re-asserts the points of the petition, and was accompanied by a press release. The press release posits that they are the valid AAC elected officials and stating that, “North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) Chairperson “Patsy” Keever (Aycock) knowingly and did deliberately direct the District chairpersons in the 13 unconstitutional Congressional Districts to ignore the Federal Court Ruling and decisions to hold conventions and conduct the elections of delegates and NCDP Council of Review Committee (“COR”) members.”

Earlier in August, the law firm of Wallace and Nordan attempted to quash the effort and sent a Cease and Desist letter to the leaders of the AAC who had filed the petition and subsequent lawsuit in Wake county.



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NC Longitudinal Database Committee Quietly Dissolved and Replaced

A committee formed to bring oversight to the statewide longitudinal database system (SLDS) in North Carolina was recently dissolved.

An August 8th letter from the board’s chair, Keith Werner, called for the dissolution of the board, “per Session law 2016-94 ( Appropriations Act 2016)”.  Werner is also the Chief Information Officer of the NC’s Information Technology division.

Requests for comment from Mr. Werner, as well as Rep. Blackwell and Rep. Johnson were made. None of them replied.

The Appropriations Act of 2016 doesn’t technically call for the dissolution of the board. Instead, there is language replacing the board which reads as follows:

“(1)      “Board” means the governing board of the North Carolina Longitudinal Data System.“Center” means the Governmental Data Analytics Center as established in Part 8 of Article 15 of Chapter 143B of the General Statutes.” (pg. 16)

Read: Chapter 143B, Article 15, Part 8 (See pages 29 to 35).

It appears that this committee has been renamed to “Governmental Data Analytics Center” (GDAC) and placed under the sole control of NC’s Information Technology division CIO, Keith Werner.

The main purpose appears to be the sharing of data of all kinds in order to make state systems more ‘efficient’ utilizing ‘public-private partnerships’.  This would seem to be in line with the progress of the construction of a P-20w database in North Carolina.

Data CollectionFor the uninitiated, the P-20w database is about tracking your kid from birth or pre-k through college and into their career.

The P-20 is one step away from a national student database and the amount of data being collected on kids is incredible.

The privacy implications inherent in the P-20w are very real, especially when one considered the push by the U.S. Department of Education to collect subjective social and emotional data on kids.

One of the duties of the GDAC will be to, “Manage and coordinate enterprise data integration efforts” which includes, “Individual-level student data and workforce data from all levels of education and the State workforce”.

Nowhere in Chapter 143B, Article 15, Part 8 is FERPA compliance mentioned. Currently, parents have no access to the NC SLDS, which in and of itself is a FERPA violation.

I myself went on a two-year long legal journey trying to access my child’s NC SLDS record. The short lesson from my journey is that there is no interface or access for parents to the SLDS.  That lack of access means that the NC Department of Public Instruction is violating the FERPA rights of every parent in the state on a daily basis.

It is unclear what kind access, if any, parents will have to the P-20w system. Also, as with the SLDS, there is no way to opt your child out of the data collection.

The ‘GDAC’ still has to report to three legislative committees; Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology.

However, this consolidation creates a loss of external oversight over a set of extremely sensitive set of data – – our children’s.

The section after the formation of the GDAC  of the 2016 Appropriations Act deals with Data Sharing (“§ 116E-6). It requires that all schools from k-12 to universities, “Comply with the data requirements and implementation schedule for the System as set forth by the Center”. (Pg. 17)

The original Longitudinal Data Systems Board was formed as a result of House Bill 964 during the 2011 session of the General Assembly.

The state statute referring to this board does not have a mechanism for dissolution, but only includes language on appointees and term limits.

“Appointed members of the Board shall serve terms of four years. Terms of appointed members shall begin May 1, 2013, and every four years thereafter. Appointed members may be reappointed but shall not serve more than two consecutive terms. Vacancies among appointed members shall be filled by the appointing entity and shall be for the remainder of the vacant term.”

This board was supposed to meet quarterly starting in May of 201.  Only a handful of meeting reports were located on the General Assembly website.


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