Why public school districts are dysfunctional in North Carolina

There simply is too much top-heavy bureaucracy in the way public education is administered in this state. And it all begins with fundamental changes at the top.

The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:k7BBoi3yW0ilqM:http://www.burkegop.com/images/orr.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. As I’ve said here before, I’m supporting Bob Orr (R) for governor of North Carolina. I apologize for making this partisan, but in my opinion, Judge Orr still remains the only candidate focusing on how to reform the administration of public education in this state.

See, we can’t effectively deal with problems in the classroom (the bottom) unless we deal with the bureaucracy in Raleigh (the top). Reform on Eugene Street will not occur until there’s reform at DPI. Reform at DPI will not occur unless there’s a plan in place to restructure public education, and that comes from the governor’s mansion.

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Judge Orr unveiled a thorough plan yesterday, the plan can be found here on his Web site. His proposals include:

1. A state constitutional amendment to eliminate the election of the Superintendent of Public Instruction;

2. Statutory changes to bring the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Department of Public Instruction under the executive authority of the Governor;

3. A state constitutional amendment to eliminate the authority of the State Board of Education to “supervise and administer the free public school system and the educational funds provided for its support” and transfer that authority to the Governor;

4. A state constitutional amendment that would direct the General Assembly to provide a mechanism for the public election of eight members of the State Board of Education from the eight education districts currently in place;

5. Statutory changes to allow the Governor to appoint three members from the state at large to the State Board of Education;

6. Statutory changes to authorize the State Board of Education to provide accountability oversight for public education and to provide advice and counsel to the Governor on public education policy.

For you visual learners out there, Judge Orr also has a chart on his Web site that explains the current layers of bureaucracy and the proposed flow-chart under his plan (go to his website, and the charts are much more clearer):


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As I’ve stated before, when you cast your ballot in May, please vote smartly. And while I’m not necessarily a one-issue candidate, when it comes to public education, we need to elect people who are ready to make sweeping reforms, from the governor’s mansion all the way down to our board of education chambers.

The time is now.

E.C. 🙂


Retreat Agenda for 1/26/08

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 Retreat Agenda
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Academic Improvement Strategies
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Report on AYP Progress and Initiatives
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. School Scheduling Recommendations
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Frequency of Assessments and Dealing With Loss of Instructional Time in General
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. School Calendar Considerations Including How We Can Best Reduce Use of Teacher and Principal Time Outside of the Classroom
11:30 a.m. – 12 noon 2008 Budget Calendar Process
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Update on Magnet Schools and Magnet School and No Child Left Behind Opt Outs
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Consideration of Increased Pay for Long Term Substitutes
1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Report on Virtual High School Status and Utilization
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Seatbelts on Buses and Bus Safety Issues
2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Funding Formula for the Allotment of Teacher Assistants
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Funding for the Arts
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. School Nutrition Programs Report
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Legislative Committee Report
4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Governance Committee Report – Naming of Schools
5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. After-School Shared Use Libraries
5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. School Climate Task Force Report and Report on School Safety Department Alignment and Duties
6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Energy Education Proposal
6:30 p.m. Adjourn


 E.C. 🙂