Veteran public school teacher blasts state superintendent’s decision to hire right-wing commentator
Editor’s note: The following post appeared yesterday on the popular education commentary website ‘Caffeinated Rage,’ which is maintained by veteran Forsyth County public school teacher Stu Egan. Read more of Egan’s thoughts on this subject here. —– FFS, Catherine! This DPI Hire Really Proves You Really Are Not For Public Education From today’s news: This […]
Charter school advocates tell on themselves with whining over federal program changes
Advocates for charter schools have long justified the existence of charters by claiming they serve as laboratories of innovation for traditional schools. They have claimed that operational flexibility and exemption from regulation allows them to operate more efficiently than traditional public schools. And they have claimed that they are not only willing – but better […]
State Superintendent’s new parent advisory group will have an odd and worrisome makeup
As Policy Watch education reporter Greg Childress reported on Wednesday, state schools Superintendent Catherine Truitt is establishing a new “Parent Advisory Commission” — the members of which she says, will be charged with sharing “their aspirations for public education in the state” and discussing “challenges it faces, helping to put together recommendations for elected officials […]
State superintendent’s email documents political right’s concerted effort to influence K-12 curricula
If culturally responsive teaching is promulgated in North Carolina's public schools, students will learn that math is racist. Students who are Black, LGBTQ or of minority ethnic backgrounds will be taught that teachers are bigots. And educators will be allowed to engage in "age-inappropriate promotion" of homosexuality.
National reckoning on race runs into resistance from NC conservatives
The recent rise in social justice activism and the national debate over "critical race theory" have struck a nerve in Surry County, a Republican stronghold in the northwestern foothills of North Carolina. Members of the county's board of commissioners are outraged that America is undergoing what many others say is a long overdue racial reckoning, much of it brought on by police shootings of unarmed Black citizens.
Editorial: NC schools superintendent Catherine Truitt channels Mark Johnson
There was a lot of hope for Catherine Truitt. Though an active member of the Republican Party, she said a lot of the right conciliatory things — both during her campaign for state Superintentent of Public Instruction and after getting elected last fall to replace the divisive and way-in-over-his-head Mark Johnson. Unfortunately, as this morning’s […]
State Superintendent-elect Catherine Truitt: Where she stands on charters, the board and the NCAE
Truitt will have to rebuild trust with the state board, whose relationship with her predecessor was combative. Education in North Carolina has become “highly politicized” to the detriment of student achievement, says State Superintendent-elect Catherine Truitt.
Catherine Truitt to bring conservative leanings to superintendent’s post
Republican Catherine Truitt rode a conservative wave across North Carolina on Tuesday to become the state’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction. The chancellor of Western Governors University North Carolina defeated UNC-Greensboro professor Jen Mangrum with 51 percent of the vote. Truitt will bring solid conservative credentials to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the […]
Election 2020: Gov. Cooper wins reelection, margins tight in several Council of State contests
Democrat Roy Cooper was reelected governor Tuesday, fighting back a challenge from Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest who made Cooper’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic a centerpiece of his campaign. In the end, voters rewarded Cooper’s steady leadership during the ongoing crisis while rejecting Forest’s call for a quicker reopening of businesses and schools.