…The Public School Forum of North Carolina released its annual Top 10 Education Issues for 2015 forecast.  The top issue is teacher compensation, and other issues include school performance grades, high standards, school choice, and any time-any place-any pace learning.  You can access the full report here.

…The WCPSS Board of Education is considering leading a Municipal Growth Task Force.  The focus of the group would be on fostering a county-wide discussion on growth and school issues.


…Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Superintendent Heath Morrison announced his resignation last week.  He has stated that family health concerns are the reason for his resignation.  Information has been leaked that point to financial issues and how Morrison treated his employees.  The CMS school board chair plans to ask the local district attorney to investigate the leak of this information.

… At the work session, a recommendation by school board member Keith Sutton to delay moving 168 students from Enloe HS to Southeast Raleigh HS was supported by multiple school board members.  School board member Tom Benton asked staff if attention was given to strengthening the magnet at Southeast Raleigh HS, where less than 35 percent of all students are magnet students.  Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore noted that currently there is internal discussion about increasing effort to strengthen the magnet numbers, and that the school board would hear more of that discussion soon.

…The Academic Standards Review Commission, charged with reviewing the Common Core, may not have any money to complete its tasks.   Originally, an amount of $250,000 was to be provided so that the commission could hire staff and cover expenses.  However, it appears that funding was removed during final budget negotiations.  The commission next meets on November 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Commission Room, 5th Floor, Administration Building, 116 W. Jones St., Raleigh.

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