Education

Republicans continue to focus on book bans despite overwhelming opposition from American voters

By Patrick Zarcone / September 30, 2022 / Comments Off on Republicans continue to focus on book bans despite overwhelming opposition from American voters

Amid Republicans’ campaign to challenge books and censor classroom curriculums, a new poll found that voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the increased efforts to ban books.

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Banned Books Week comes as Republicans in NC, US fight to censor classrooms, ban important texts

By Patrick Zarcone / September 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Banned Books Week comes as Republicans in NC, US fight to censor classrooms, ban important texts

According to a banned book report by PEN America that looked at the 2021-22 school year, there were 2,532 instances of individual books being banned in the U.S. That number includes 1,648 unique titles by 1,261 different authors, 290 illustrators and 18 translators.

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New Biden administration student debt relief program will help nearly 1.2 million North Carolinians

By Patrick Zarcone / September 22, 2022 / Comments Off on New Biden administration student debt relief program will help nearly 1.2 million North Carolinians

Under the Biden administration’s new student debt relief plan, more than one million North Carolinians will be able to save thousands of dollars or even have their student loans forgiven.

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NC Republicans’ refusal to properly fund public schools is leading to a double crisis – and it was preventable

By Patrick Zarcone / September 9, 2022 / Comments Off on NC Republicans’ refusal to properly fund public schools is leading to a double crisis – and it was preventable

Some may think that Republicans are anti-education, but the reality is that they’re anti-public education. The NCGOP will gladly take funds and put them toward private and charter schools.

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NC teacher vacancies up 27% from 2021 as NCGOP refuses to properly fund schools, pay educators

By Patrick Zarcone / September 2, 2022 / Comments Off on NC teacher vacancies up 27% from 2021 as NCGOP refuses to properly fund schools, pay educators

State Republican lawmakers have once again refused to adequately fund public schools and pay our teachers and staff fair wages – and the NCGOP’s failures are leaving schools short on teachers.

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28 years and counting: NC’s Leandro school funding plan in court again this week

By Patrick Zarcone / September 2, 2022 / Comments Off on 28 years and counting: NC’s Leandro school funding plan in court again this week

Despite court rulings, nothing has changed, and nearly three decades have passed without every child in the state being afforded the opportunity to receive a good education.

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Educators speak out against new merit pay proposal – and NC Superintendent Truitt isn’t listening

By Patrick Zarcone / August 19, 2022 / Comments Off on Educators speak out against new merit pay proposal – and NC Superintendent Truitt isn’t listening

A new proposal discussed by the NC Board of Education would determine teacher pay based on factors such as testing performance and evaluations instead of experience.

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Underfunded, short on teachers: NC traditional calendar schools getting ready for new school year

By Patrick Zarcone / August 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Underfunded, short on teachers: NC traditional calendar schools getting ready for new school year

Everyone knows what this state’s educational issues are, but the NC GOP has no desire or willingness to do what needs to be done to fix them. We all deserve better.

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New report ranks North Carolina 44th in spending per student

By Alanna Joyner / May 23, 2022 / Comments Off on New report ranks North Carolina 44th in spending per student

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau ranks North Carolina 44th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in spending per student.  According to the report, in fiscal year 2020, North Carolina provided $9,958 per student, compared to the national average of $13,494. When adjusted for inflation, The Pulse found that the…

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Poll shows parents disagree with Republicans’ campaign to censor classrooms

By Eleanore Wood / May 9, 2022 / Comments Off on Poll shows parents disagree with Republicans’ campaign to censor classrooms

Contrary to Republicans’ campaign to censor books and teachers, a majority of parents, across party lines, approve of their children’s schools and support what is currently being taught, according to a new poll.  The NPR and Ipsos poll found that 76 percent of the parents surveyed said they were well-informed about what their children were…

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