Thursday Wrap: Grading without a curve

Posted February 5, 2015

— The state issued its first letter grades for public schools statewide, and although most received C or above, the 30 percent that received a D or F were primarily in low-income areas.

Some lawmakers want to change the formula created for the system, which emphasizes test scores and not how much improvement students show throughout the year. Others say the grades show the impact of education cuts in recent years.

Following Gov. Pat McCrory's State of the State address on Wednesday, questions swirled over his statement that 40 percent of workers compensation claims filed by state employees are fraudulent. His office hasn't provided evidence to back up the claim, and the State Employees Association of North Carolina called the allegation absurd.

McCrory also pushed for more economic development incentives in his speech, and Golden LEAF quickly ponied up $50 million to help North Carolina attract a car manufacturer.

In other news, the House gave tentative approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the power of government to seize private property through eminent domain.


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  • Dolly Butler Feb 6, 2015
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    JUST THE FACTS MAM obviously never went to public school. Maybe he could volunteer his time by reading or tutoring in the public schools in Durham to experience how wonderful they are and then speak out more truthfully.

  • Java Feb 6, 2015

    Yeah...except for the fact that private schools can accept only the students they want. If someone wants to send their kids to private schools, they can. But the NC constitution says that the state has to provide an education for all of it's citizens, so...public schools.

    For what it's worth, people are teaching the children, not the "government".

  • Bob Smith Feb 6, 2015
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    I think it is a great idea grading schools A to F! Most people can relate to this, unlike whatever system was used before to probably cover up poorly run schools. And I believe we need more private-run schools, and I would not be against getting the government out of running our schools period. I believe private run schools would be more creative, and have children more ready to compete in tomorrows world. Government run schools do not know as well how to motivate some bright children so they do not drop out, or as well how to motivate children to do their best.