Posted in Economy Education Moore County NC State Government

A twisted definition of ‘success’

We in Moore County just received news that only THREE of our 22 county schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status under the federal No Child Left Behind Law. … “Every year, I look at the [AYP] results and what’s going on in the classroom,”…

Posted in Economy Education Law & Order Media NC legislature Politics

Look at me! I’m on TV !!!

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, Jr. is quite passionate about educating North Carolina’s children.  He is so passionate about it that he often tiptoes up to the line, which separates the state’s legislative and judicial branches, and calls for  changes in education policy…

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Public school shortcomings blamed on everyone BUT the true culprits

Reports have been all over the mainstream media lately about teachers in Atlanta public schools being caught helping their kids CHEAT on system-wide standardized tests meant to measure students’ progress: Teachers spent nights huddled in a back room, erasing wrong answers on students’ test sheets…

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ANOTHER sensible idea emanating from Raleigh …

This is getting kinda scary.  Some in the GOP legislative majority are proposing merging several small community colleges in order to save the state some money.   Florence and Darlington Counties in South Carolina have done well — for AGES — with Florence-Darlington Technical College….

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Some Thoughtful advice trickling out of Raleigh

The Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation has released a study that details and makes recommendations on the economic and financial conditions of North Carolina’s local governments. This study, available for download on Locke’s web site, provides some real “food for thought” for local officials and people…

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A good first step toward reforming public education

The Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation has hit on an idea that I have been bouncing around for a while, as well.   JLF’s Terry Stoops is calling for the state to drop certification requirements for teachers in public schools’ virtual classrooms: “Teacher certification requirements are…