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Budget Frustrations

If it’s possible to measure a low point for morale in the education world, North Carolina teachers may be getting there. Budget cuts already discussed and virtually approved will take a bite out of classroom resources. Further proposed reductions will bite harder. Some lawmakers are trumpeting their plans to reduce lower grade class sizes by … Continue reading

Budget Ax Threatens Deep Cuts to NC Education System

For North Carolina educators, students and their parents, looming cuts to school funding pose an alarming threat. In a state that already ranks 46th in per pupil spending, the NC House budget unveiled this week would slash spending by almost 9 percent, more than a billion dollars, almost $500 per child. The numbers sound ominous, … Continue reading

Tough Choices, Challenging Times, Bold Leadership

Tough choices dominated the conversation as district and school administrators from across North Carolina gathered in Raleigh last week. For the first time, our organization co-sponsored the annual North Carolina Association of School Administrators Conference. Our CEO Dave Boliek addressed the opening session with a message very much in keeping with the conference theme of … Continue reading

Creative Solutions to Funding Challenges

As important as it is to provide professional development opportunities for teachers, that is becoming a bigger and bigger challenge for schools. That worry is a common theme among instructors from QTL’s District Partnerships. QTL instructors from several counties across North Carolina are gathering in Raleigh this week to hear about what’s new with our … Continue reading

Can Race to the Top Turn the Tide?

Ten years into the 21st Century, educators have been too slow to embrace the technology tools needed to help American students keep up. That’s the conclusion of the longtime educator in charge of implementing North Carolina’s Race to the Top grants. “Classrooms still look too much like they did when I went to school,” Dr. … Continue reading

Stop This Train That's Going in the Wrong Direction

By Dave Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning I’m starting to write before I finish reading and that’s liable to be dangerous, but I have just gotten through the introduction of a just released report and recommend it to you.  A bunch of school superintendents in Texas, sincerely PO’d at the current … Continue reading

Obama's View of Education

By Diane Ross The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning OK, I admit it.  I’ve been very reluctant to talk about education and politics, until now.  You see, every time we get a new President (or Governor) the education world changes.  President Bush introduced school accountability.  Imagine that: up until 2002, we didn’t have a … Continue reading

Disrupting Class: An Intriguing Take on the Future of Learning

Robin Fred The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning (Dec. 12, 2008) Author Michael Horn (Disrupting Class: Student-Centric Education is the Future) delivered the keynote to today’s session of the Joint Legislative Technology Commissions in Raleigh with a presentation that took a cutting-edge business theory and applied it to education. Horn and his co-author, Clayton … Continue reading

Dropouts – Fighting the Wrong Fight?

Dave Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning The studies are legion.  The recommendations plentious.  Dollars spent – phenominal.  Yet after 30-40 years of hand-wringing over “the dropout problem” there’s no real progress; we still lose about a third of our ninth graders to the dropout zone rather than 12th grade graduation.  There … Continue reading

Failure to Invest in Teachers Carries a Heavy Price Tag

David L. Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning Where can we find $15 billion dollars income for North Carolinians? Or better yet, where is $15 billion dollars going, every year? North Carolina’s newly released dropout figures show that the state has blown – thrown away – $15,296,399,200 in income by the simple … Continue reading

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