Check out the Public School Forum’s Friday Report

The Friday Report covers great topics including:

  • When Does the State Respond to Projected Layoffs?
  • Budget Cuts Likely To Go Much Deeper Than Anticipated
  • Charter Changes Unveiled
  • Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Plotting Against You
  • General Assembly Sets Ambitious Budget-Approval Goals
  • State Board Releases 2011 Legislative Priorities




Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

In an interesting political move, the General Assembly is expected to grant what may be referred to as ’emergency budget super powers’ to the Governor this week.  Although it may appear harmonious at first, rest assured, this is anything but.  No doubt, there is some very savvy political play set to unfold – the details of which, are being closely guarded.   As for the rest of us… Waiting and watching is the name of the game.

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From WRAL: Legislative measure gives Perdue more budget power

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers have rolled out a bill that would give Gov. Beverly Perdue more authority to reduce spending throughout state government to free up extra cash to help close an expected budget gap next year of more than $3.5 billion….


North Carolina 2009 NAEP Science Test Results

January 25, 2011


North Carolina is reporting on the results of the fourth graders and eighth grades who participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Science. NC has participated four times in this national assessment with a sampling of fourth and eight graders across the state. The National average in fourth grade was 149 and NC fourth grade students scored 148. NC eighth grades did not do as well scoring 144, while the National average score was 148. Only 24 percent of NC eight graders were deemed proficient, while 30 percent of fourth graders scored at or above the proficient level. Approximately 9,900 fourth and eighth graders participated in the NAEP Science assessment. More information the NEAP can be found in this DPI Press Release

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Sen. Stevens files bill to lift the Charter Cap

Read the article here:  Under the Dome: Charter Bill Filed

Read Senate Bill 8:  Click Here

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Berger: Charter School Cap Legislation Imminent

Under the Dome spoke with the soon to be President Pro-Tem of the Senate, Phil Berger yesterday.  Until recently, Senator Berger had been noticeably quiet concerning the policy initiatives of his newly Republican Senate.  Yesterday, in what appeared to be a very straightforward conversation with a few select members of the press, Berger offered a glimpse of what we might expect during the upcoming legislative session….

A Snippet from the article:

“A charter school bill eliminating the 100-school cap will likely be debated in the first weeks. The bill may include recommendations to have agency other than the State Board of Education oversee charters,…. There’s the perception that DPI (the state Department of Public Instruction) has not been particularly receptive to the idea of charters, Berger said.”

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