What's next for education in North Carolina?
By Dr. Terry Stoops
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The election is over, so let the divination begin. I consulted my Ouija
Board and you would not believe what I learned!
- Come to a Headliner Luncheon at
noon on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown. Our special guest will be Fred Barnes,
Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard,
who will offer a post election analysis. Tickets are $30.00 and may be purchased online.
- The North Carolina History Project would like educators and
homeschool parents to submit lesson plans suitable for middle and high school
courses in North Carolina history.
Please provide links to N.C. History Project encyclopedia articles and
other primary and secondary source material, if possible. Go to the N.C. History Project website for further information.
- I would like to invite
all readers to submit announcements, as well as their personal insights,
anecdotes, concerns, and observations about the state of education in North
Carolina. I will publish selected submissions in future editions of the
newsletter. Anonymity will be honored. For additional information or to send a
submission, email Terry at [email protected].
- The research newsletter archive voted Whig... straight
In case you were wondering, I really do not use Ouija boards or crystal balls or Tarot cards. None of these methods can out-predict the
Magic 8 Ball (M8B).
For this week's CommenTerry, I'll use
each of the 20 possible answers on the icosahedron contained inside the M8B to speculate on the post-election
future of education in North Carolina.
- It is certain that North Carolinians
will see efforts by the McCrory administration, legislative leadership, and
newly appointed State Board of Education to expand career and technical
education right out of the gate in 2013.
- It is decidedly so that, today, June
Atkinson will have to decide what kind of relationship she wants to have with
incoming members of the State Board of Education and the McCrory
- Without a doubt the director of the
Division of Non-Public Education, which oversees home and private schools, is
the most important education appointment that nobody is talking about.
- Yes - definitely, the new members of
the State Board of Education should "take a red pen" to the recently adopted
- You may rely on it, if by "it" you
mean that the angry Left will declare war on the McCrory education agenda,
regardless of the substance of his policies.
- As I see it, yes, Pat McCrory will
become a Jeb Bush/Bobby Jindal/Mitch Daniels-type education reformer.
- Most likely, it will require two
terms for Pat McCrory to become a Jeb Bush/Bobby Jindal/Mitch Daniels-type education
- Outlook good for the State Board of
Education to begin rolling back some of the excessive regulation imposed on
- Yes, McCrory should appoint a new
executive director of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education
(NCBCE) and use that office to spearhead his career and technical education
point to yes, Dan Forest will occupy a key, ex officio seat on the State Board of Education.
hazy, try again, members of the State Board of Education, and formulate
a policy that allows online charter schools to operate in North Carolina.
again later whether the legislature, governor's office, and State Board
of Education have the courage to withdraw from the Common Core State Standards.
not tell you now because I would have nothing to write about in
predict now who Pat McCrory will appoint to the State Board of
Education or choose as education advisors in his administration.
and ask again or just give up...your call.
count on it, that is, do not count on several key administrators at the
NC Department of Public Instruction sticking around to see what happens when a
new State Board of Education rides into town.
reply is no; public education in North Carolina will not be destroyed
by Governor-elect McCrory or the Republican majority in the NC General
sources say no, former Wake County superintendent Tony Tata will not be
appointed chairman of the State Board of Education.
not so good for the education establishment in North Carolina,
particularly groups like the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and
the NC School Boards Association.
doubtful that we'll begin hearing about appointments to the State Board
of Education and executive offices until after Thanksgiving.
I think revenge is a dish best served piping hot, not cold.
Facts and Stats
Unofficial results for the Superintendent of Public
Atkinson (DEM): 2,340,000 (54.24%)
Tedesco (REP): 1,973,870 (45.76%)
Education Acronyms of the Week
SBE -- State Board of Education
Quote of the Week
"My friend smiled at my warmth, and observed, that raising
ghosts, and not only raising them, but making them speak, was one of the
miracles of elections."
- Washington Irving in Salmagundi
Click here for the Education
Monday, Nov. 12th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Dr. Troy Kickler
Caught in the Crossfire: African American Children and the
Battle for Education During Reconstruction
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
A Headliner Luncheon
with our special guest Fred Barnes
Headliner Luncheon with Fred Barnes:
What the Election Results Really Mean
Monday, Nov. 19th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Shaftesbury Society Luncheon
with our special guest Jonathan Butcher
“Education Savings Accounts: A Path to Give All Children an Effective Education and Prepare Them for Life.”