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Would you rather the Wake County Board of Commissioners just pass the bulk of the tax increase for the school bond issue next year or phase in the increase over multiple years?

As noted in today’s article, the funding scenario from county staff was for taxes to go up 4.86 cents per $100 of property value in the 2014-15 budget to pay for the bond debt costs. An additional tax increase of 0.67 cents would be spread out during the following four years to pay for operating the new schools as they open.

But Joe Bryan, chairman of the board of commissioners, said Wednesday the panel will have “serious discussions” about phasing in the 4.86-cent tax increase over multiple years. He sa

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Tags: School, Tax Increase, Wake County
  • The NYPD is investigating a Queens teacher for sexual abuse of a five-year-old boy.
  • Mayoral candidates went head to head on charter schools during Tuesdays debate.
  • Critics of the Panel for Educational Policy eagerly await a possible Mayor de Blasio.
  • New York parents and politicians want State Education Commissioner John King to resign.
  • The State Ed Department is developing a new format for Kings Common Core meetings.
  • After canceling public Common Core meetings, King had private meetings with school officials.
  • New York teachers and administrators have mixed feelings about the Common Core.
  • The Common Core standards have changed the textbook industry by inviting more competition.
  • Both mayoral candidates agree that schools should close on two major Muslim holidays.
  • The DOE plans to reduce enrollment at M.S.

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Tags: Abuse, Sexual Abuse

It was close to 10:00 PM one Thursday evening. Study books, notebooks and brown butcher paper were scattered all over my dinner table, my computer was gently whirring. Stimulated by coffee and time-crunch adrenaline, I proceeded to plumb the depths of small business principles.

Over the next three hours, I learned more about supply and demand than I thought possible to be covered in three days. Mind mapping was a crucial tool in helping me study the vast amounts of information that were contained in this course.

This technique can also work for you. Here’s how to leverage it regardless of the topic you’re studying!

What is Mind Mapping?My definition for mind mapping is: The process by which one synthesizes large volumes of previously incompatible information into a single thought process and generally records it on a large piece of paper.

Mind mapping is a completely revolutionary approach to note-taking.

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Tags: Study, Study Tool

My wish for all of you—and your children or your students—is to find something that inspires you –even for a day, maybe longer.  Perhaps for a lifetime.

I have had the good fortune to spend the last week in Rome and Florence with my adult children.  Like any parent or teacher, I’ve had the joy of watching my son who had never been to Italy experience firsts:  his first impression of the Coliseum, his first sighting Michelangelo’s David, and his first visit to the Pantheon.

As teachers, we get to behold first impressions on a daily basis and witness students working with ancient formulas.

A deeper connection comes from experiencing history a second time.  Three of us were reintroduced to Roman wonders by an experienced guide and outstanding teacher.  Using an advanced organizer, she highlighted each panel of the Sistine Chapel so that we had a preconceived understanding of what Michelangelo was trying to convey—not only in the origin of man—but in Noah’s flood, and the Last Judgment and more.

I marveled at the middle age “technology” of Raphael’s tapestries (Raphael’s drawings were followed by weavers in Brussels) in the Vatican hallways or the geometric proportions of Bernini’s columns in St. Peter’s square. In fact, the P

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Students with disabilities in Hillsborough County (Tampa), Fla., did markedly better than the national average of students with disabilities on the 2013 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” 

Hillsborough County and 20 other urban districts have their scores reported separately, as part of the Trial Urban District Assessment, or TUDA. The special analysis of urban district performance started in 2002. Overall, scores on the TUDA were stagnant compared to the last time the tests were administered, in 2011. 

Candace Cortiella, the director of the Advocacy Institute, analyzed the results of the TUDA districts on her blog Our Kids Count. As she noted, Hillsborough’s performance was one bright spot in a set of scores that showed most students with disabilities in urban districts are scoring well below the the average of students with disabilities nationwide. A

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Tags: Students, Students Disabilities

Now that the $810 million school construction bond issue has been approved, the Wake County school system has plans on getting the new construction program moving forward.

Joe Desormeaux, the assistant superintendent for facilities, said they’re going to use some of the $43.8 million in bonds the county sold earlier this year to get things going. That would tide the school district over until bond funding becomes available fall 2014 after the county commissioners approve a tax increase in the 2014-15 budget in June.

Right now, Desormeaux said five new schools – Scotts Ridge Elementary School in Apex, Abbotts Creek Elementary School in North Raleigh, the M-8 middle school in northwest Raleigh, the H-7 high school in Cary and the H-8 high school in Garner – and the renovation of Green Elementary School in North Raleigh are all in design.

Desormeaux said land acquisitions would start back up this month.

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Tags: Construction Program, Program, School Construction

Department of Education leaders, from left, Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Deputy Chancellor David Weiner and Deputy Chief Academic Officer Josh Thomases spoke to teachers about evaluation challenges this week.

Its never too late to help schools figure out how to implement a complicated teacher evaluation system.

At least thats the theory at the Department of Education, which is planning to put out a comprehensive guide to navigating the citys new evaluation system this week, more than four months after the details were set.

Its now six weeks into the school year, and teachers and principals have been raising red flags about the new teacher evaluations since even before the first day of school.

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Tags: Evaluation, Evaluation Changes