Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Professors ask parents to sound off on education

Earlier this month, I wrote about the results of a survey conducted by Professors Scott Imig and Robert Smith of the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The focus of their work was reactions of N.C. teachers to a slew of education changes and actions N.C. lawmakers made last year.

Now, the two have started a new survey to be completed by NC parents that is designed to gauge reactions to the NC legislative changes. The survey has been open for 5 days and they have 970 respondents to this point. But they are interested in getting a large number of respondents from all parts of the state. Writes Smith and Imig: "We are researching public school parent perceptions of the recent education changes passed by the NC Legislature. We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete a survey about these legislative changes. The survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete. One focus of this current study is to determine if parents of public school students hold views similar to our state's teachers."

Here's the link to their survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PZSB59J

More than 600 teachers and administrators in N.C. schools were surveyed in their report last month called “Listening to Those on the Front Lines.” As I noted in a column, "to say that many of the actions the Republican-controlled legislature took last year, and that GOP Gov. Pat McCrory signed, have been unpopular with teachers is an understatement. And the displeasure has been nonpartisan, with educators all along the ideological spectrum expressing indignation." The survey noted a range of concerns from teachers and chief among them was lawmakers' failure to boost pay for teachers, leaving N.C. teacher pay at a shameful 46th among the 50 states."

It will be interesting to see if the views of parents and educators on these matters intersect.

The parent survey will be up for a few more days. Participate and have your voice included.

- Fannie Flono

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/01/09/4599887/lawmakers-listen-to-those-on-front.html#.UugWLhAo7cs#storylink=cpy


Wiley Coyote said...

Who was it that cut and froze teacher pay in the first place?

That's right. The New Hypocrisy Party Governor Bev Perdue.

She also raided the Education Lottery twice for non-education items in the budget.

Notorious L.E.V. said...

McCrory and the Republicans are offering teacher pay raises for the first time in years. When dems were in control, nothing was raised. Why the teachers union clings to the democrats...I'll never know...

Ghoul said...


I she didn't raid the education lottery, then how could she rebuild her daddy's pier?

misswhit said...

Believe me, you will never see Fannie admit that she was wrong about anything. So don't even try guys!

gwalkerruns said...

Idiots, there was a recession 5 years ago. Last year, NC increased its revenue by 400 million but chose to put none of that to teachers. That is on Gov. Pope/Mccrory.

BolynMcClung said...
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BolynMcClung said...

I hope that someday soon there will be a French Revolution in North Carolina's K12 education system. The elites at the NCDPI need to be put in the carts and wheeled into the streets while the crowds scream their scorn about how the department has misused tests, technology and teachers.
The NCDPI is over its head. It sends unfunded programs to the LEAs. It doesn't challenge the General Assembly's lame meddling. The NCDPI has become nothing more than a reflex action to the bad data it creates. They are in a vicious circle and in the center of it are our children.
If I were to go to Raleigh, I'd ask that the NCDPI be dismantled. Not even reconstituted. It's not worth saving. Their only expertise is in massive failures. You pick your favorite: PowerSchool, Common Core, unfunded technology, non-existent textbooks, restrictive rules to operate the bus system.

I'd ask that local LEAs be grouped into regional bodies of about 20 like districts and for five years allow them to manage themselves. During that time I'd ask for someone with the stature of Judge Manning or the late Dallas Herring to lead the effort.
North Carolina has a quality K12 education system that is being killed by the mismanagement of the generous funding by the taxpayers. PowerSchool. Common Core. Technology. All are failing for lack of management. Both the state and the counties are providing maximum funding and the NCDPI is incapable of advising the General Assembly how to use it correctly.
The only other ingredient for an better K12 education system is an improved mix of businesses and industries throughout the state. But that will be years in the making.

And finally like in the French Revolution, all the blood relatives of the elite to suffer the same fate: State Board of Education and Secretary of Education. Cart them all off.
A las Barricadas…..To the barricades!
Bolyn McClung

Bill said...


I am sure you can find a creative writing class at a private, Christian school. Please spare us your early drafts.

bobcat99 said...

I voted for Bolyn McClung for school board rep as an alternative to the guy who won. Thank God, McClung lost. His post makes him sound like a nut job. I will have to do better research next election time.

jaspreet singh said...

so many parents in short time for the servey good job