Education

Prior NC teacher and employee raises ranged from 0% to 10%. What will 2021 budget offer?

By Alanna Joyner / July 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Prior NC teacher and employee raises ranged from 0% to 10%. What will 2021 budget offer?

Over the past four decades, raises for North Carolina educators and state employees have ranged from zero to 10%, with most falling in the 5% area, according to The News and Observer.  In the latest Republican-led Senate budget bill passed last month, state employees and educators would receive the short end of the stick, with…

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A humiliating and damaging defeat for UNC and North Carolina

By Alanna Joyner / July 7, 2021 / Comments Off on A humiliating and damaging defeat for UNC and North Carolina

The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones declined a tenured position at her alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill. Hannah-Jones is set to create the new Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Her decision comes as after nearly six weeks of controversy, the UNC Board of Trustees voted to approve the tenure…

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No more excuses for lawmakers when it comes to public schools

By Alanna Joyner / July 6, 2021 / Comments Off on No more excuses for lawmakers when it comes to public schools

Recently, State Superior Court Judge David Lee issued the latest order in the Leandro v. State lawsuit – directing the state to address the longstanding violation of the constitutional right of North Carolina public school children to a “sound basic education”, by implementing a comprehensive funding plan developed by the state itself. The Comprehensive Remedial…

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State Senate budget limits NC teacher, worker raises in favor of tax cuts

By Alanna Joyner / June 21, 2021 / Comments Off on State Senate budget limits NC teacher, worker raises in favor of tax cuts

The Republican-led state Senate rolled out a $25.7 billion state budget proposal Monday, with measures that cut corporate income taxes, a measly 1.5 percent annual pay raise for educators and a provision that would limit a governor’s power during states of emergency. The proposed budget fails to include the $5 billion in unreserved funds and…

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State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism

By Alanna Joyner / June 2, 2021 / Comments Off on State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism

Across the country, governors and state legislatures in Republican-controlled states are attempting to limit or block educators from teaching about racism in public schools and colleges, a reaction to the nation’s racial reckoning after last year’s police killing of George Floyd.  In a coordinated effort by the GOP, at least 16 state legislatures, including Republicans…

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Message laundering: How the far right is getting its dirty work done at UNC

By Alanna Joyner / May 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Message laundering: How the far right is getting its dirty work done at UNC

The uproar over Nikole Hannah-Jones’ hiring at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill roots itself in not only race, but the GOP’s coordinated effort to incite division and control any corner of our society that goes against their efforts to gain power.  From pushing laws to make it harder for North Carolinians to…

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NC House passes bill to limit how racism is taught. Democrats call it ‘book burning.’

By Alanna Joyner / May 11, 2021 / Comments Off on NC House passes bill to limit how racism is taught. Democrats call it ‘book burning.’

North Carolina’s legislature is the latest state to block the teaching of critical race theory in public schools, as a number of Republican-led states have taken steps to limit or ban parts of the nation’s history being taught. House Bill 324, which cleared the crossover deadline, prohibits schools from teaching how systemic racism has been…

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Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen

By Alanna Joyner / February 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes bill that would force K-12 schools to reopen

On Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 37, a Republican-backed legislation that would have forced more school districts to reopen for in-person instruction. The legislation fell short in two places: It hindered the governor, school districts and other officials from shutting schools down again if the pandemic worsens and allowed middle and high school…

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WRAL: Bill requiring in-person learning relies on luck not reality. Needs more work.

By Alanna Joyner / February 22, 2021 / Comments Off on WRAL: Bill requiring in-person learning relies on luck not reality. Needs more work.

The Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly’s latest bill to swiftly reopen schools falls flat in ensuring students across North Carolina have access to a safe and healthy learning environment. Senate Bill 37 leaves out various safety measures including funding to ensure health personnel are at each opened school, social distancing guidelines and funding for substitute…

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School reopening: Legislative leaders are simply too cheap to do it right

By Alanna Joyner / February 16, 2021 / Comments Off on School reopening: Legislative leaders are simply too cheap to do it right

Last week, N.C. House lawmakers approved a bill for K-12 school districts to offer partial in-person instruction, but the Senate did not agree to send it to the governor due to recent changes made to the proposal. The changes included allowing educators to receive special accommodations that could allow them to continue teaching remotely if…

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