Taking a Break From Blogging

I have decided to suspend my blog indefinitely while I concentrate on helping my home state of North Carolina regain its reputation for great public schools supported by thoughtful public school policy.


Lessons from Nelson Mandela

Alan Blankstein, founder and president of the HOPE Foundation, shares his thoughts about the legacy and lessons of Nelson Mandela. These lessons include the following: getting to your core, assuring constancy of purpose, creating organizational meaning, facing the facts and your fears, and creating sustainable relationships.


Common Core Needs a Czar

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival. CCSSO and NGA need to select a Common Core Czar to oversee the implementation and grant this person the authority to make needed changes as well as recommend changes in laws and regulations.


North Carolina Teachers Stage a 'Walk-In'

North Carolina teachers, parents, and supporters of public schools staged "walk-ins" this past week to protests cuts in public education. The architect of these bad policies should pay close attention and start listening instead of lecturing.


TFA and Congressional Hypocrisy

The requirement of teachers being "highly qualified" under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has been rendered meaningless by the latest action of Congress. They inserted a "loophole" for Teach For America that basically makes everyone highly qualified when they are not.


Top Ten Reasons Not to Contract With Teach For America

Local districts who contract with Teach For America have a obligation to do due diligence, negotiate the best deal, and avoid duplication of funding from state and federal governments. Local districts need to examine these ten reasons not to contract with Teach For America.


California Is Right; Duncan Is Wrong

Secretary Duncan's threats to withhold funds from California if they do not continue to give tests that are not aligned with common core makes no sense. California has a better plan.


Prime Time Public School Teachers

The new documentary "Teach" premiered during prime time on CBS. It follows four ordinary teachers who do extraordinary work teaching in the public schools.


America's Most Deceptive Governor

North Carolina may have the most deceptive governor in America. He says one thing, but his actions are much different.The public schools are suffering major setbacks under his leadership.


Teach America's Youngest a Second Language

Students are learning a second language at an early age because of the Global Schools Network sponsored by VIF International Education and Utah's Dual Language Immersion Program. Research demands that we follow the example of these programs and start with our youngest children.


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