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Durham school board resolution pushes back against GOP education culture war agenda

BY: - March 10, 2023

The Durham County Board of Education on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution urging the General Assembly to vote ‘No’ on a controversial bill to restrict what educators can teacher about American history comes before lawmakers. Filed by Republicans last month, House Bill 187 would prevent educators from promoting Critical Race Theory (CRT) and what many […]

First-year ‘action steps’ to fulfill promise of Leandro ruling carries a $427M price tag

BY: - June 18, 2020

First-year “action steps” to put North Carolina on the path to fulfilling the 25-year-old promise of the state’s landmark school funding lawsuit — Leandro vs. State of North Carolina – will cost $427 million in additional state funding next school year, according to attorneys in the longstanding case. The lawyers for the defendants and plaintiffs agreed that’s the amount the state must spend in just […]


Editorial: General Assembly must address teacher diversity, turnover problems ASAP

BY: - January 29, 2019

To their great credit, the folks at WRAL.com have been shining a light of late on the notable lack of racial diversity in North Carolina’s corps of public school teachers. This morning, in a follow-up Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial, they rightfully demand action from state lawmakers. This is from “Fix N.C. public schools’ lack of […]

N.C.’s compromise budget: Teacher pay raises, voucher boom, DPI cuts, school grading and more

BY: - June 20, 2017

North Carolina state lawmakers unveiled a compromise budget package Monday that bundles a new round of teacher pay raises amid steep cuts for the state’s top K-12 agency and support for school choice favorites like vouchers and education savings accounts. The $23 billion spending plan is expected to move swiftly through the legislature. State senators […]

Senate Republicans lining up behind Teaching Fellows relaunch; vote set for Wednesday

BY: - April 4, 2017

Members of a key Senate education committee appear poised to advance legislation Wednesday relaunching a scaled-down version of the popular Teaching Fellows program that, for three decades, fed thousands of new teachers into the state’s K-12 schools. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, as well as North Carolina’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson, are aligned […]

Six things to have on your radar this week

BY: - March 27, 2017

Equal Rights Amendment – Legislators and members of organizations supporting women’s rights will gather at the Legislative Building in Raleigh this afternoon to call upon the leadership of the House and Senate to prioritize action on bills (HB 102 and SB 85) that would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. The […]

In bid to recruit teachers, California weighs income tax exemption

BY: - March 13, 2017

Here’s one innovative approach to solving a nationwide teacher shortage: Exempt educators altogether from paying income taxes. That’s the proposal out of California, according to a report this weekend from the U.S. News & World Report. It comes as states, including North Carolina, struggle to bait young people into joining a profession notorious for long […]

Gov. Cooper’s budget boosts educator pay, pre-K; phases out vouchers

BY: - March 1, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled a $23.5 billion budget proposal Wednesday that includes sweeping investments in teacher pay, early childhood education, teacher scholarships and classroom support while, eventually, phasing out North Carolina’s controversial private school voucher program. “We are catching up with investments in education, all the way from birth through community colleges and universities,” Cooper […]

With legislature reconvening, Gov. Cooper pushes strong public school budget for North Carolina

BY: - January 25, 2017

Hours before members of the N.C. General Assembly were scheduled to reconvene Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper called on state leadership to unite behind a strong, pro-public education budget that raises pay for educators, funds schools equitably and restores a lauded teaching scholarship program discarded by lawmakers six years ago. “Your budget reflects your priorities, no […]


Must read editorial explains what we ought to do next in NC

BY: - November 9, 2016

Be sure to check out this morning’s Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com. It’s hard to say at this point what’s next with the powers that be in our state, but the “to do” list it spells out ought to be a no-brainer: Six must-do tasks to get NC back on track The election’s done. […]

In post-Teaching Fellows N.C., Wake County training its own future teachers

BY: - May 20, 2016

Today’s News & Observer offered an interesting report from T. Keung Hui on a fledgling Wake County initiative that provides training and contracts to college students planning on entering the teaching profession. In a post-Teaching Fellows North Carolina, some education advocates say this type of locally-geared effort is what’s left for addressing crippling teacher shortages. Policy Watch […]

New NC teacher of the year says dismantling the Teaching Fellows program one of biggest mistakes made in public education

BY: - April 9, 2015

Ashe County High School English teacher and newly minted North Carolina Teacher of the Year Keana Triplett is also a graduate of the highly praised yet now abolished NC Teaching Fellows program – and she says the program’s dismantling is one of the single biggest mistakes ever made in public education. “The Teaching Fellows program […]