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January 08, 2014

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.

November 25, 2013

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.

November 07, 2013

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.

November 04, 2013

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.

October 07, 2013

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.

September 16, 2013

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.

September 09, 2013

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.

August 26, 2013

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.

July 31, 2013

Getting Arrested for 95,000 Teachers

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 29, 2013

The Most Backward Legislature in America

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.

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