Low-income children now represent a majority of students enrolled in public schools in the South, a new report by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) finds. The 2009-10 school year marked the first time in modern history that a majority of students in public schools in the South were low-income students, defined as the number of students participating in the federal free- and reduced-lunch program. As public schools in North Carolina and other southern states are challenged with educating more low-income students – who typically need extra learning support and resources to succeed – education spending has failed to reflect this growing need and challenge. Read More…
In case you missed it over the weekend, Raleigh’s News & Observer told it like it is in an editorial about the state’s destructive new teacher “tenure” law:
“Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger has an idea that North Carolina is rife with incompetent teachers who coast along in the system thanks to tenure. That’s why he pushed through legislation this year that will end tenure protection for the so-called low performers and will reward the high performers. Read More…
For those utterly sick of the shutdown and the absurd Tea Party hostage drama, today’s Lunch Links will provide a brief respite from that particular bit of madness. That’s not to say, however, that there isn’t other madness out there to highlight.
Take, for instance, the misguided folks at Eastern Wayne Middle School in Goldsboro who somehow got the bright idea to lead students to believe that an armed and masked robber was on the campus as part of a “safety exercise.” WTVD in Raleigh has the story.
And speaking of robbery, here’s a more encouraging story about how to respond to it: Yesterday, advocates in Albany, New York publicly smashed a slot machine to symbolize their opposition to a state ballot initiative that would allow private casinos in the state. The demonstration was a reenactment of famous New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s similar act back in 1934 which you can watch here:
If you’ve heard a lot of back and forth about what North Carolina pays public school teachers, but felt as if you could never get the numbers straight in your head, click below to view them in all their Ebenezer Scroogeian/Art Popeian glory:
Education policy guru Diane Ravitch was putting the finishing touches on her new book (“Reign of Error”) when she visited Raleigh earlier this year to address a couple of hundred people at an NC Policy Watch luncheon. Now the book is out and from the looks of this excerpt at Salon.com, she pulls no punches in describing the battle in which we are engaged. Here’s the headline Salon chose:
Diane Ravitch: School privatization is a hoax, “reformers” aim to destroy public schools
Our public schools aren’t in decline. And “reformers” with wild promises don’t care about education — just profits
Read the extended excerpt by clicking here.