In an act of civil disobedience, Rodney Ellis, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators was arrested for refusing to leave the legislative building after closing hours. He was protesting the way legislators were passing bills that did harm to teachers and their profession.
July 2013 Archives
The North Carolina legislature has turned back the clock on the state's reputation for having an innovative and progressive education system. Program after program has been defunded or dismantled.
The amendment to the Student Success Act, the U.S. House re-authorization bill for ESEA, prohibits the federal government from mandating teacher evaluations. This should be applauded because the federal government has no business telling local employers how to evaluate their employees.
Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers support Common Core State Standards, and both unions call for a moratorium on high stakes testing until initial implementation of these standards is successful.