Leandro v State of NC

It has been 25 years since five low-wealth counties in North Carolina sued the state because they didn't have enough resources to provide an equal education to all students.  But,…

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Teacher pay – how much is enough?

$53,975.  $48,421. 6% “average” raises.  21.4% less. $51,231. $47,258. $30,326. All those number have been some North Carolina politician’s spin on teacher pay. Let’s skip the spin: Our teachers are…

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Leadership matters

In 1995, I attended an IBM project management “boot camp.” Some of the specific tools and procedures were new to me, but the ideas such as “work to accomplish a…

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Radical Transparency

Running public schools is the public’s business.  The owner of every North Carolina school building is not the school board, not the superintendent, not the county commissioners, not even the…

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Transparency lived

As a public official today, my official emails and public expenses are public records. I was surprisingly honored when the right-wing "pit bull" America Rising decided to do some research…

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State Superintendent Candidate James Barrett Graduates from Rural Center Institute

CHAPEL HILL, NC—Continuing his focus on leadership and the importance of relationships for the success of our students, James Barrett, candidate for NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, graduated from the…

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Race in Our Schools

I note that the Rockingham County school board just voted 5-2 to give back grant funding that would have paid for racial equity training in their schools.  According to press…

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