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Growth and Achievement in North Carolina

Growth and Achievement: you have probably heard these terms in conversations about education. But what are they? How do they differ, and what do they tell us about North Carolina’s students and teachers? Our new video “Growth and Achievement...

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North Carolina Teachers and State Employee Retirement System and Health Benefits

Note: This blog post features a brief from page 26 of our 2018 Facts & Figures publication, contextualizing North Carolina education data with a short description of an historical feature or a critical issue in North Carolina. Read more and...

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Classroom Teacher Allotments North Carolina Public Schools

Note: This blog post features a brief from page 22 of our 2018 Facts & Figures publication, contextualizing North Carolina education data with a short description of an historical feature or a critical issue in North Carolina. Read more at...

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Principal Pay in North Carolina

Note: This blog post features a brief from page 30 of our 2018 Facts & Figures publication, contextualizing North Carolina education data with a short description of an historical feature or a critical issue in North Carolina. Read more...

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North Carolina’s New Approach to Teacher Recruitment

The new North Carolina Teaching Fellows program is due to officially launch this month – and it’s a big deal. It’s an exciting opportunity for future teachers, for the students they will serve, and for North Carolina.

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Statement from BEST NC on Principal Pay

Cary, NC - This year, North Carolina made the largest investment in state history in principal salaries through an updated salary schedule and bonus opportunities. The impetus was an average principal salary ranking at the bottom of the Southeast...

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Chuck Purvis, CEO of Coastal Credit Union, joins BEST NC Board

Cary, NC- BEST NC is proud to announce that Chuck Purvis, CEO of Coastal Credit Union, has been unanimously voted onto the board of directors. He joins other top North Carolina executives who are committed to transforming education by...

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Raising and Transforming Principal Pay: North Carolina Leading the Nation

Amid a flurry of budget negotiations, a gubernatorial veto and the subsequent legislative veto override this summer, it’s been easy to get caught up in the partisan analysis of North Carolina’s latest $22B state budget. Like any budget –...

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Shamrock Gardens Elementary School: A Blueprint for Educator Innovation

May 2017, By Brenda Berg, CEO, BEST NC. For several years, a primary focus of BEST NC’s student-focused advocacy work has been around the importance of having strong, well-supported educators in every classroom from; pre-K to higher education. Without...

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We Pay Principals the Wrong Way in NC

As a business leader, I know the value of great leadership on my executive teams, and in our public schools. That’s why a top priority for me as a member of BEST NC has been to encourage substantial and...

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Don Flow: North Carolina should invest in principals- The Winston-Salem Journal

Over the past few years, North Carolina teachers have seen significant pay increases. Signals from Gov. Roy Cooper and last week’s Senate budget proposal indicate that the next few years will see even more increases. This commitment by our legislative leaders is extremely important for the future of our state. The growth of our state is directly tied to the educational outcomes of our students.

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Don Flow: Time to Pay School Principals as Executives – Triangle Business Journal

Over the past few years, North Carolina teachers have seen significant pay increases. Signals from Gov. Roy Coo per and last wee k 's Senate budget proposal indicate that the next few years will see even more increases. This...

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Don Flow: Paying School Principals as Executives- The Herald-Sun

Over the past few years, North Carolina teachers have seen significant pay increases. Signals from Gov. Roy Cooper and this month’s Senate budget proposal indicate that the next few years will see even more increases. This commitment by our...

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Sandy Grove Middle School: Heading North, B-Bound

In my experience, this sentence is usually closely followed by, “but it’s too good to be true.” Whether it’s the diet fad that didn’t help you lose those five pounds fast, or that new movie that got rave reviews...

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School reform requires strong leaders

My father was Darth Vader. No, that doesn’t make me a Jedi Knight. My father was also Boss Hogg and a range of other bad guys. During his nearly two decades as principal of North Carolina’s largest elementary school, located in the Mecklenburg County community of Matthews.

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(Not) Taking Sides: Civil Discourse with Michelle Rhee and George Parker

Are you frustrated about how polarized our country has become? I certainly hear it on the news and in the voting trends; people are discouraged by the inability of our society, particularly our politicians, to find common ground and...

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ADVISORY: Rhee, Parker, BEST NC to hold media availability Tuesday

DVISORY: Rhee, Parker, BEST NC to hold media availability Tuesday. Cary, NC – BEST NC will host a media availability Tuesday featuring unlikely education reform allies Michelle Rhee and George Parker, who will discuss their work to improve education...

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