Topic: Talking Testing with Teacher Legislators

There appears to be a growing bipartisan consensus that we’re over-testing our state’s public school students. There’s also increasing scrutiny over how those standardized tests are being used to assign A-F letter grades to schools and to set pay for teachers and principals. This week we talk with two legislators who are both NC classroom teachers and are backing efforts in the House for changes. We also continue our State Superintendent candidate interviews with James Barrett, a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.

Guests:

Rep. Jeffrey Elmore (R), District 94 – Alexander, Wilkes

Rep. Ashton Wheeler Clemmons (D), District 57 – Guilford

James Barrett, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board

RESOURCES

EdLines

May 1 teacher march stirs passion, opposition from State Superintendent
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article228372884.html
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article228542064.html

NC charter school skirts-only dress code ruled unconstitutional
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/03/30/girls-were-forced-wear-skirts-school-preserve-chivalry-so-they-sued-won/?utm_term=.4c2ebd560ead
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article228580199.html

NC Senate looks to retired teachers
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article228591894.html

Interview Segments

NC House passes several education-reform bills. See what could change in public schools.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article228485509.html

Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board member hopes to become next NC school superintendent
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article224305180.htm

James Barrett campaign web site
https://barrettforschools.com/

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