Daily Reflector: State putting the squeeze on teachers

By Eleanore Wood / January 22, 2020 /

From The Daily Reflector: It’s certainly not unusual for teachers to stay in their classrooms long after school ends to grade papers and plan for upcoming lessons. It’s part of the job I expected when I became a teacher. But something I didn’t expect was having to work a second job to make ends meet…

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Fox 46: Teachers protest decision not to increase their pay

By Eleanore Wood / January 16, 2020 /

From Fox 46 Charlotte: NC teachers protest for pay raises North Carolina teachers are protesting because they are not getting a pay raise per lawmakers in Raleigh. Teachers in Charlotte protested Wednesday because they’re not getting pay raises from the state of North Carolina. Lawmakers failed to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of pay raises.

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Lawmakers return to talk teacher pay as another red state expands Medicaid

By Eleanore Wood / January 13, 2020 /

The North Carolina General Assembly convenes on Tuesday for a so-called “mini-session” amidst the budget standoff waged by legislative Republicans since last summer.  From North Carolina Health News: “We have not set a date and honestly we’re waiting like everyone else to see what the legislature” does this week, said Dave Richard, the N.C. Department of Health…

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‘Silent Sam’ deal cost UNC-CH a $1.5M grant from major foundation donor

By Eleanore Wood / December 16, 2019 /

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world and they are in the final stages of withdrawing their grant after finding out the UNC Board of Governors agreed to a settlement giving the Sons of Confederate Veterans the monument and $2.5 million to maintain it. The Andrew W.…

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Leandro report released: What it will take for NC children to receive a sound, basic education

By Eleanore Wood / December 13, 2019 /

In the Leandro vs North Carolina case back in 1997, the North Carolina Supreme Court decided that the state was not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide all students with a sound basic education. More than 20 years later, the situation is worse, not better. Judge David Lee came up with recommendations to meet the mandates of…

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WRAL: NC sees decline in teachers passing exams and decline in teachers from colleges of education

By Eleanore Wood / December 5, 2019 /

A 20% drop in the number of teachers being produced in North Carolina can be directly related to a lack of real investment into teacher pay by lawmakers in Raleigh.  The most recent and rejected pay plan gave hard-working educators a paltry pay increase with some outrageous political strings attached.  Our legislators need to address this teacher…

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NC Teachers Back Governor’s Choice to Veto Pay-Raise Bills

By Eleanore Wood / November 11, 2019 /

Gov. Cooper on Friday vetoed what he called “paltry” pay raises for public school educators that were passed by state lawmakers with almost no Democratic votes in the state legislature. Teachers stood with Gov. Cooper during his veto announcement and teachers across the state are thanking Cooper for standing up for public education and against…

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Deadline passes for NC universities to change student IDs for use in voting

By Eleanore Wood / October 29, 2019 /

The deadline has passed for North Carolina colleges and universities to decide whether to update their student IDs so students can use them to vote in next year’s elections. So which colleges decided not to make it easier for their students to vote, and whose fault is it? All 17 UNC system schools applied to…

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A third of female undergraduate UNC students reported sexual assault, survey found

By Eleanore Wood / October 22, 2019 /

A new study has found that nearly half of women who have been studying at UNC-Chapel Hill for four or more years say they have been sexually assaulted that is at a four-year level or higher. This survey also stated that more than a third of all female undergraduate UNC students reported being sexually assaulted as well.…

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Wake Schools offers praise, an apology to 14-year-old who exposed student racism. Parents demand more.

By Eleanore Wood / October 17, 2019 /

Cenayia Pope Edwards stood her ground against racist group messages that had hateful messages against black students at East Wake HS in Wendell, NC. This Tuesday at the Wake County Public Schools board meeting,  her courageous efforts were acknowledged by the superintendent and board members. Cenayia’s efforts were praised, but those standing with Edwards want…

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