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Wake County schools concerned about state legislature's education changes

The education reform package passed last year by the state legislature drew plenty of red flags at Thursday's Wake County school board student achievement committee meeting.

As noted in today's article, school board members said that issuing an A through F grade for every school will humiliate schools and won’t have much value. School leaders also say now requiring districts to hold summer reading camps for third-grade students who fail the state reading exam is an unfunded mandate.

“We are charged to make sure we have the best education system for our students and teachers," said school board member Jim Martin. "If something is coming down the track that doesn’t help students and teachers, then we have the obligation to get off the track before the train hits us.”

Wake County school system remains the top U.S. district in teachers with national board certification

North Carolina and the Wake County school system continue to lead the nation in the most teachers with national board certification.

New figures released today show that the state now has 19,799 National Board-certified teachers, accounting for almost one-fifth of the country’s total. More than 20 percent of the state’s teachers have this certification, which is considered the highest credential in the teaching profession.

Wake County remains the top district in the nation, with 2,299 National Board-certified teachers. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system is third with 1,897.

North Carolina teachers who achieve certification receive a salary supplement of 12 percent. With new leadership at the state level, we'll see whether that pay supplement remains in place.

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Wake County school board members debate use of teacher performance pay

It looks like, at least in the near term, any use of teacher performance pay in the Wake County school system would be on a limited basis.

Wake County school board members debated the use of merit pay when reviewing the draft strategic plan last week. Some school board members support its use while others are adamantly against it or only support using it in limited cases.

Performance pay is already in limited use in Wake.

Wake still has the most nationally board certified teachers in the nation

The Wake County school system continues to lead the nation in the number of teachers receiving national board certification.

New totals released today show that 2,194 Wake teachers are certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. North Carolina continues to have the most nationally certified teachers in the nation with 19,193.

The issue of national board certification is a bigger issue in Wake now that it's part of the formula used for determining the high-performing schools in the new choice-based student assignment plan.

Civitas Action sends teacher merit pay school board campaign mailers

Civitas Action is using the issue of teacher merit pay/performance pay to try to get voters to back Wake County school board candidates Heather Losurdo, Ron Margiotta, and Donna Williams.

In these mailers sent last week, the conservative action arm of the Civitas Institute says the three GOP candidates have "a plan for our best teachers. Support excellence!"

"Donna Williams knows that the best way to retain and attract the best teachers is to reward them for their contributions to the educational development of our children," says the mailer. "Donna believes we need to compensate the best teachers at a higher rate so we can keep them in the classroom."

John Tedesco on the "new dynamic" of the blue plan

Wake County school board member John Tedesco is sure sounding like he prefers the blue plan over the green plan for student assignment.

During an interview today on the Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF, Tedesco said he's open to hearing what the public has to say about both models. But he was far more enthusiastic in describing the blue plan, comparing it to both the plans developed by Michael Alves and the one he had been working on.

"I think the voters who elected me wanted to empower parents, empower proximity for neighborhood schools, empower more choice and more options when we had options like mandatory year-round in the community," Tedesco said "They wanted to reduce inefficiencies and remove the administrators from making decisions that parents should be making and I think the blue plan does lead to that more."

Questioning paying more for national board certification and advanced degrees

Is the Wake Count school system not getting the best bang for the buck by offering higher pay for teachers who have master's degrees or national board certification?

At Tuesday's school board work session, school administrators presented data showing the majority of Wake's high-performing teachers don't have either a master's degree or national board certification.

"An important point is we pay extra for the board-certified teachers and the advanced-degree teachers receive extra but the high-performing teachers receive nothing," said Superintendent Tony Tata.

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Wake leads nation in nationally board certified teachers

Wake County school officials are trumpeting that the school district now leads the nation in the number of teachers receiving national board certification.

New numbers out today show that Wake now has 2,031 teachers who've received certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, more than any other district in the country. In addition, Wake also led the nation in the most teachers earning certification this year with 319.

Statewide, North Carolina has the most nationally certified in the nation with 17,957. North Carolina also led the nation with the most teachers earning certification in 2010 at 2,277.

CORRECTED NUMBER OF CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN NORTH CAROLINA

Wake teachers earn national certification

The Wake County school system is celebrating having nearly 200 teachers receive national certification this year.

New figures released today show that 197 Wake teachers earned the prestigious distinction in 2009 from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. That's the third-most of any district nationally.

Wake's has 1,702 nationally certified teachers. Nationally, only Broward County in Florida has more nationally certified teachers.

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