Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 7:35am
Via the Greensboro News and Record, the Rockingham County Board of Elections is considering a proposal to move polling places out of schools. The proposal would impact nine of the 15 voting sites in the county, including all in Reidsville. Critics notes that the move would cost $22,000 and that they wouldn't be able to find alternatives for all of the sites.
In explaining their vote against using schools as voting sites, Toni Reece, the election board’s chairwoman, and board member Velma Loy — both Republicans — had concerns about voters wandering away from polling locations and into areas where there are students.
Sorry, I don't buy this - public schools have been used as polling places for decades with no problem.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:43pm
Students at UNC-Greensboro are planning a walk-out protest tomorrow:
Just take another pay cut? A course cut? A higher teaching load? Academic program cancelled? Wondering why UNCG continues the plans to build a $91 million Rec Center when we have to "give back" $8 million because we fell so far short of our enrollment target? Raking thousands and thousands of dollars in student debt to pay for an increasingly watered down education? Worried your degree won't be worth the paper it's printed on by the time you graduate?
Enough is enough. We cannot take it anymore.
Join us on the EUC lawn at 1pm on February 19th for a student and faculty walk out and rally. Our demands are simple: Expand education, not administration. Cut our debt, not our budget!
The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to challenge the law and ask for relief from laws requiring it to offer contracts to certain teachers in exchange for their tenure. Board members said the law is unconstitutional, and its wording unclear. The board said the law “represents yet another thinly veiled attack on public education and educators.”
Phil Berger sent a letter to the Board earlier in the day, saying their action ignoring part of the law was "illegal".
The Board's attorney argues that the law changes teacher salary and status without due process.
Is there a significant law passed by this Tea Bagger legislature that isn't getting challenged in court?
Submitted by persondem on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:37am
The results are in for the first semester of the 2013-2014 school year. You may recall that last year the Geometry final exam allowed students to pass who got about 10% of the questions correct. Getting zero correct earned a student a 64. This same cohort of students took Algebra 2 as their next math class. The final exam scores came in last week for schools on the 4x4 yearly schedule (4 classes per semester, 90 min. classes). For the just taken Algebra 2 final exam, getting 33% correct earned students a passing score. I guess that is somewhat better than the previous Geometry exam but still quite abysmal.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:51pm
More and more, the evidence is mounting that problems in education have much more to do with childhood poverty than with teachers, unions, or curriculum. And before we invite further change, or destruction, to our system of public education, we need to pay more attention to this reality.
An epidemiologist at Duke Medical School, Dr. Jan Costello, found herself in a position to study the effects of poverty on children before and after the Cherokee Indians of Western NC opened a casino and paid a yearly stipend to every member of the tribe. It turned out that the extra money for families living in poverty resulted in children who had fewer behavior and psychiatric issues, and the younger the children were when the family received this extra income, the more likely the child was to see positive results. (No difference was seen for children who were not living in poverty prior to receipt of the stipend.)
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 2:36am
Here's a great way to be your own boss. Be on a government committee that approves charter schools (the Charter School Advisory Board) and then collect management fees from the schools you get to approve. Can you say, conflict of interest?? Evidently the NCGA can't as they have allowed this situation to come to pass.
South Brunswick Charter School will be operated by the Roger Bacon Academy and will rent property from Coastal Conservancy, LLC. Baker A. Mitchell Jr.—who happens to sit on the Charter School Advisory Board—owns both of those entities.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 12:40pm
It has been stated by those who take a long view across human existence that as a species, human beings survive by living in a group. Living together in groups allows the natural talents of individuals to contribute to the success of the group as a whole. We survive through cooperation. Students of Darwin will attest that in his writings, he mentions ‘survival of the fittest’ 2-3 times, but ‘cooperation’ over 70 times.
But, somehow, many of our species have come to be enamored of the goddess of selfishness, Ayn Rand, and with her philosophy of taking care of the self first, and others, well, maybe next time.
Of course, there is the requisite lie about characterizing NCAE as a union:
Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) issued the following joint statement today in response to a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina affiliate of the national teachers’ union and a liberal special interest group
But this one really takes the cake. This has to be a candidate for whopper of the year:
Yes, they're a private school, but they're in line for public money, thanks to Skip Stam's voucher program.
The private Christian school is listed in the directory of recognized private schools by the state of North Carolina. That list is maintained by the Division of Non-Public Education and all schools on that list will be eligible for taxpayer-funded school vouchers beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
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