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More morning reading: N.C. Rep Stam says NC School Superintendent Atkinson should “stick to her own knitting”

Here’s another tidbit from the morning news round-up.

N.C. State Superintendent June Atkinson sat down with a group of reporters yesterday, sharing her views on how education is faring in the state and what she’d like to see happen.

The News & Obsever’s account included her comments, as well as a response from state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, an Apex Republican and frequent critic of the state’s public school system.

From the N&O:

On testing: Atkinson said she would like to see students at private and public schools take the same tests so parents can compare scores. She also said private schools should receive performance grades based on student achievement, just as public schools will.

The legislature upped the testing requirement for private schools, but schools can choose which national tests to administer and don’t have to report scores unless they enroll more than 25 students with vouchers.

“The public needs a consistent measure of reading achievement in particular,” Atkinson said, and the information would be important to parents making decisions on where to send their children.

House Majority Leader Paul Stam, who championed what he calls “opportunity scholarships,” said Atkinson should concentrate on improving public schools.

“She should stick to her own knitting,” said the Apex Republican.

Click here to read the entire article.

9 Comments


  1. Adam Searing

    August 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Whether it’s delivery of cookies or interest in knitting, it’s always nice to see guys who also happen to be in politics making waves on the home economics front.

  2. Ellen Dagenhart

    August 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Superintendent Atkinson was elected to a statewide office. She got quite a few more votes than did the Apex Republican. I’d think he should be very interested in holding all schools accountable for educating students. A common measure seems to be a basic tool to do so. If he cared about students, that is.
    .

  3. Skeptic

    August 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Taliban Stam betrays himself once again. I look forward to the “No Devil Pictures Act” 2014, prohibiting television and the depiction of God in art.

  4. Teacher

    August 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Sexist comments must not be tolerated!

    That being said, Superintendent Atkinson MUST demand fewer tests of our children, not MORE tests.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/why-gloomy-pundits-and-politicians-are-wrong-about-americas-education-system/267278/

  5. Alan

    August 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    ‘Skip’ isn’t an idiot, but he certainly sounds like one.

  6. Alex

    August 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Sounds like something Bev Perdue would have said !

  7. ConcernedNCMom

    August 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Yes I’ll bet he does want June to go back to some knitting, that way she can’t call attention to his son who stands to benefit directly from the GOP/Good ole boy network with this tax money to private school pipeline.Didn’t know that Stamm’s son has a “private school” that he is trying to get licensed in NC that school would be Providence. That would and should also a conflict of interest and a charge of accepting kickbacks.Hey Jim Black has a twin!

  8. Kathy B

    August 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Wow, what a pig. This state just keeps looking worse and worse.

  9. Jim Wiseman

    August 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Since when does “choice” mean dismembering children, but can’t mean educating them?

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