North Carolina


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Hearing ordered on cuts to schools
Jun 1, 9:30 AM:

Wake County Superior Court Judge orders hearing to see if NC cuts deny students' constitutional right to "a sound basic education." Provides definition that arose from 1994 school funding case same judge presided over. >

'Blue plan' has change, stability
Jun 1, 9:26 AM:

Details most popular plan out of two reassignment proposals NC county Super unleashed last week. Choice is a key factor, but readers wondering how unmentioned charters come into play. Also want to know how board member >

Senate will discuss extra school days
May 31, 8:23 AM:

NC lawmakers will consider lengthening school year by taking away teacher workdays. Five additional days alone won't improve achievement. Lots of ideas thrown out about what will boost learning, but no research from >

Merit pay proposal raises concerns among some Asheville area educators
May 30, 7:21 AM:

Merit pay plan debated in NC Legislature. While lawmaker makes it clear student testing only part of teacher evaluation, others quoted don't get it. Time to push back on them to see if they understand what is in the bill >

Asking The $8,700 Question on Schools
May 27, 10:41 AM:

Editorial claims raising spending on NC public schools has not raised achievement. Argues that small drop in funding won't impact education. Probably true. But why not consider what does work? Look at how state can spend >

Standing up for school funding
May 27, 9:03 AM:

Guilford County parents, teachers and students rally against state cuts. Clue public in on how union rules dictate pension and salary requirements, which likely hog most of the budget. Make the connection between money >

Middle, high schools left out of Wake plan
May 26, 2:37 PM:

Wake Co., NC distributed two proposed student-assignment plans for parent feedback. Plan lets parents see sample elementary school assignments, but not middle or high school. Article's focus is parent reaction and angst >

CMS budget request sparks questions
May 26, 10:06 AM:

Convoluted coverage of Charlotte district's budget, but everyone involved seems confused. So, what is this money going to pay for? Reader leaves with no firmer grasp of situation than before. Considering the amount of >

Time, care needed on teacher pay changes
May 26, 7:07 AM:

Observer still skeptical of plan to introduce performance pay in Charlotte schools. Makes a strange comment, though, as crux of argument: evaluations tied to testing are unfair to teachers and students. True, "teach to >

School board hears of expected job cuts
May 25, 11:28 AM:

Rowan-Salisbury Ed Board concerned about state senate's budget proposal. No numbers included though article notes worries about what cutbacks could mean for district. Figures needed to provide context. Interesting that >

NC Senate budget plan aims at education; gets mixed reviews
May 25, 11:20 AM:

Budget adds more than 1,000 teaching jobs with a focus on reducing class sizes for grades 1-3. Research has shown that smaller class sizes don't always mean much without good teachers. That makes the possibility of a >

Wake schools inundated with feedback on assignment plans
May 25, 11:20 AM:

In Wake County, lots of feedback and reaction to two proposed school assignment plans aimed at giving parents more choice in where students attend classes. Nothing here on what parents and residents actually saying. >

Tata offers school options to Wake parents
May 24, 3:12 PM:

Wake County Super reveals two assignment plans. One buses NC students by achievement, the other provides list of nearby schools including one high performing school that isn't necessarily close to the student's home. >

NC House committee approves bill that would change power structure of state school system
May 24, 2:56 PM:

New NC legislative proposal would shift power from appointed state school board to elected superintendent. Not surprisingly, many upset, including Gov who says buck should stop at her office on ed issues. Got the >

Dream of private school for girls ends all too soon
May 24, 2:51 PM:

Sad tale of a tuition-free, all-girls private school in Charlotte that’s shutting down due to finances. Observer lets founder off easy, as being "too busy” seems like a shaky reason for not raising funds. Was there >

As Cleveland County Schools cuts teaching jobs, $3 million fund remains untouched
May 24, 9:35 AM:

87% of $300M federal aid for school job creation in NC is still unspent, as districts saved it in anticipation of future cuts. Sounds sensible, but why didn't Cleveland use funds to replace 41 lost teaching posts? Push >

They fought to help students keep learning
May 24, 9:23 AM:

Heartrending stories of kids scarred by poverty and violence, now affected by closure of Charlotte-Mecklenberg schools. An insight into effect of constant flux and community breakup, with dedicated teachers shining out. >

Senate budget proposes merit pay
May 24, 6:52 AM:

NC Senate budget includes more money for ed than House version. Aim is to get focus off cuts and onto improving achievement. Only problem is class size reductions aren't best investment. Readers wouldn't know that from >

Inside Politics: Cumberland school board squabbles continue
May 23, 12:11 PM:

NC board members rankled after private dispute over personnel issues becomes public. Some effective sourcing by the Fayetteville Observer to bring information to surface in the name of transparency. But article leaves >

Many CMS librarians losing jobs
May 19, 9:41 AM:

They used to be librarians; now they're media specialists. But 80 Charlotte-Mecklenberg schools are cutting them in latest round of layoffs. More analysis of their role and use of school libraries would be helpful here. >



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