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Judge Manninng Orders Hearing in June
The order says:
The purpose of this hearing is for the Court to review a definite plan of action from the State of North Carolina as to how the State of North Carolina intends to correct the educational deficiencies in the student population as evidenced by the measures of output extant in the K-3 assessments, not reading on grade level by the third grade, and the other measures of student achievement evidenced by the EOG, EOC and ACT tests. Such plan shall identify the actions necessary to address the State’s fundamental constitutional obligations as established by this Court and affirmed by the Supreme Court to provide (i) competent, certified teachers in every classroom, (ii) well-trained, competent principals in every school, and (iii) the resources necessary so that all children, including those at-risk, have an equal opportunity to obtain a sound basic education.
A hearing will be held from Tuesday, July 21 at 10am through Thursday, July 23 in Courtroom 10-A of the Wake County Courthouse
Watch this bill: H662
NCAE opposes this bill!
Bill to improve A-F school grading formula moves forward
Lawmakers moved a bill Tuesday that would improve the formula for how the state’s schools are now awarded A-F letter grades to make them more reflective of how a school helps its students grow academically over time.
There are a number of bills floating around the General Assembly that would change how schools receive letter grades — but the one that would change the formula to 50 percent growth, 50 percent performance, sponsored by Reps. Glazier, Johnson, Lucas and Horn, seems to have gained the most traction.
First unveiled earlier this year, North Carolina’s A-F school grades are, to a large extent, a reflection of how well a school’s student population does on standardized tests on a given day. The formula is currently weighted 80 percent “performance” (how students perform on those tests on one day), and 20 percent “growth” (how students perform on those tests over time).
When the grades were first released in February, a public outcry ensued as they largely tracked the demographics of a school’s population. High poverty schools received mostly Ds and Fs; more affluent-serving schools scored higher.
Curtailing Teachers’ Political Activities
Many educators have worked polls during the school day by taking PERSONAL LEAVE- this bill would limit that and to discourage educators from RUNNING FOR OFFICE!
House Bill 738 Gives LEAs Flexibility in Use
State lawmakers filed legislation this morning in the N.C. General Assembly that would infuse the state’s textbook fund with $76 million, a level last reached in 2008. House Bill 738 would give local school administrative units flexibility to use the funds for textbooks, other instructional resources or supplies, and equipment in the best ways to help students. The proposed legislation has bipartisan support with Rep. Craig Horn, Rep. Rick Glazier, Rep. Bryan Holloway and Rep. Marvin Lucas as primary sponsors.
“Providing additional resources and giving local school districts the flexibility to use them in the best way to ensure our students are successful is critically important,” said Rep. Horn. “We must continue to find opportunities to get modern textbooks and technology in the hands of our children.”
“One of the critical needs for school systems, parents and students across the state is a return of basic resources for textbooks, classroom supplies and digital materials, without which we hamstring teachers, hurt schools’ capacity to educate, and seriously harm student educational opportunities,” said Rep. Glazier. “This bill is a major bipartisan effort, with NCAE assistance and leadership, to attack this resource deficit and substantially enhance student opportunity and achievement.”
In 2008, North Carolina’s textbook fund was $100.7 million and since that time has been cut more than 75 percent.