Education

Both Sides Now: Education Reform from the House and Senate

BY: - April 15, 2013

It didn’t take too long for the Senate Education Committee to favorably recommend Berger’s 2013 Excellent Public Schools Act (SB 361) last week—and on its heels came an announcement of an opposing bipartisan education reform plan put together by Reps. Holloway, Glazier, Blackwell and Hall. The Education Improvement Act of 2013 (HB 719) differs from […]

New faces of the SBE: Olivia Oxendine

BY: - March 27, 2013

NC Policy Watch is talking with nominees for the State Board of Education to give our readers a sense of their backgrounds and philosophies on education policy in the state of North Carolina. The three open slots on the State Board of Education were slated to be filled under Governor Perdue back in 2011. Her […]

New faces of the SBE: A.L. Buddy Collins

BY: - March 25, 2013

NC Policy Watch is talking with nominees for the State Board of Education to give our readers a sense of their backgrounds and philosophies on education policy in the state of North Carolina. The three open slots on the State Board of Education were slated to be filled under Governor Perdue back in 2011. Her […]

Budget cuts impact Franklin County middle school

BY: - March 18, 2013

Eighth grade chemistry teacher Patty Korman began a recent class at Bunn Middle School with a simple exercise to get her students warmed up. “On your desks I’ve left a card for you. Imagine that this card is worth $500. Write down on the card what you would do with this amount of money,” Korman […]

New faces of the SBE: Rebecca H. Taylor

BY: - March 5, 2013

NC Policy Watch is talking with nominees for the State Board of Education to give our readers a sense of their backgrounds and philosophies on education policy in the state of North Carolina. The three open slots on the State Board of Education were slated to be filled under Governor Perdue back in 2011. Her […]

K-16 Educators Tackle Remediation Rate

BY: - December 19, 2012

Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, likes to use oceanic analogies. When he refers to a broad array of initiatives underway to improve the success of community college students, he calls it “boiling the ocean.” Not just the water, but the ocean. When he refers to the state’s 65 percent remediation […]

State Board of Education, legislators divided over virtual charter schools

BY: - December 4, 2012

The N.C. Board of Education is poised to pass rules Wednesday that would restrict the way virtual charter schools operate in the state, despite the objection of legislative leaders who say the state board is overstepping its authority. The state board, which sets rules and oversees K-12 public education in North Carolina, plans on voting […]

Stakeholders Seek Collaborator, Consensus Builder to Run State’s Largest School System

BY: - November 29, 2012

Selecting a superintendent is widely considered the single most important decision a school board can make, and leaders of the Wake County Public School System are about to make that decision – again. Former Superintendent Anthony Tata was on the job for about 1½ years before he was fired in September. A retired general, he […]

How standardized admissions tests fail NC colleges, students

BY: - November 16, 2012

Joseph Soares, a sociology professor at Wake Forest University, has been a vocal critic of the use of standardized tests in the college admissions process. Soares’ research has found that tests like the ACTs and SATs put low-income and minority students at significant disadvantages and have resulted in a lack of diversity at the nation’s […]

A textbook warehouse off I-40 where actual books are sparse. Photo by Phyllis Nunn / NC Justice Center

A veritable graveyard of education budget cuts

BY: - November 15, 2012

Just off of I-40, across from the North Carolina Museum of Art on the outskirts of Raleigh is the textbook warehouse for public schools. In the spring and summer it’s typically a busy hub, dispatching everything from elementary reading kits to high school physics books to far corners of the state. But these aren’t typical […]

State Board of Education tightens charter application process

BY: - November 1, 2012

The North Carolina State Board of Education approved measures Thursday that will add rigor to the charter school application process and temporarily delay plans to renew the charter of a controversial school serving at-risk students in Morehead City. The new application guidelines are designed to provide the board and the Department of Public Instruction with more detailed […]

Problems or promise? Experts discuss the privatization of public education

BY: - October 30, 2012

The inherent tension that exists between individual liberty and the common good has played out in myriad ways for America’s schoolchildren. It’s been the fault line for everything from school finance decisions to desegregation disputes, and it’s at the core of the debate over charter schools and voucher programs. “We consider schools to be one […]