Tag:schools

  • When parental involvement is too much of a good thing

    There’s a new twist to an ongoing debate — this one about parents and the students they create. This fall a “We Are Teachers” blog post, lamenting an upsurge in over-involved parents, went viral, eliciting coverage from myriad media outlets and the national teachers’…

  • World without walls: virtual reality’s role in the classroom 

    It’s a world without walls. Students can explore the vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef or the microscopic intricacies of the human cell — all within the confines of the classroom. Virtual reality experiences take students “to where they cannot be” because of physical, financial, or other constraints, says Helen Crompton, an…

  • A teachable moment missed with the national school walkout

    On Tuesday, I received a call from school officials informing parents of activities for a “national school walkout,” planned in response to the recent deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Wednesday morning, I did what I expect many other parents did. I had a conversation with my children about gun…

  • Bill gives North Carolina schools more options in recruiting teachers

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers are trying to give schools more options in hiring teachers. With rural and low-performing schools struggling to keep teachers, legislators are inventing new ways to recruit them. House Bill 634, Private Alternative Teacher Preparation, would let professionals begin teaching while meeting…

  • Bust bullying, boost school success

    Mean girls and callous boys are nothing new. They’ve stalked school hallways and commandeered cafeterias for years. Yet bullies’ arsenal of pain-inflicting tools has never been more relentless; smartphones and social media platforms have erased boundaries of time and space. Anytime, anywhere: So go the slings and arrows of the…

  • Reforms Take Back Seat as Schools Counter Budget Gap

    RALEIGH — State economists do not expect the revenue outlook to improve any earlier than late 2011, blaming persistent economic weakness for suppressing growth in employment and consumer spending. While lawmakers raised taxes by nearly $1 billion last year, personal income tax and sales tax collections continue to fall far…

  • Charters Fare Better in Violence Reports

    RALEIGH — Charter schools in major metropolitan areas across North Carolina reported fewer acts of crime and violence during the 2006-07 school year than many traditional public schools in the same regions, according to statistics from the Department of Public Instruction.