Author Archives: Tim Markley

The Alternative

One of the most common questions that I am asked when speaking to groups about the upcoming School Bond is – what happens if this doesn’t pass? It is a great question, and one that I want to explore a … Continue reading

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The 2014-15 State Budget for Education: A Confusing Mishmash

I am not sure there is a good way to describe the recently adopted state budget other than to call it “a confusing mishmash.” There are some things to celebrate in the new budget, but there are also a lot … Continue reading

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2014 Graduation Speech- Flag Day

Board Chair Don Hayes during his service in the Vietnam War. Every year at graduation, we hear a lot of great speeches from students, principals and others. This year, one speech stood out for me. That speech was the acceptance … Continue reading

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The Continued Politics of Education

The Senate released its budget yesterday, and the highlight of that budget was an 11% average raise for teachers. That was the good news and is clearly a step in the right direction. The 11% will go a long way … Continue reading

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Another Week on the Educational Roller Coaster

It has been an interesting week in North Carolina Education with two major announcements. First, a judge in Guilford County placed an injunction on the 25% rule and teacher tenure. Second, a legislative committee studying Common Core recommended scrapping the … Continue reading

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Regional Teacher of the Year’s – Melissa Gillespie – Legislative Breakfast speech

Congratulations to 2013-14 NHCS Teacher of the Year and Regional Teacher of the Year – Melissa Gillespie, a Social Studies Teacher at Laney High School. Mrs. Gillespie was recognized at the North Carolina 2014-15 Teacher of the Year Banquet on … Continue reading

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When Education Becomes a Political Football

One of my functions as a superintendent is to take directives from state legislators and the Department of Public Instruction and turn it into action at the local level. I have to clarify the often unexplainable and make sense of … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

This is one of my favorite times of year, getting ready for a new school year. This week, our teachers return, with the students to follow a week later. There is a lot of anticipation about what will happen in … Continue reading

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No Summer Slide by Cynthia Shields, NHCS Language Arts Supervisor

Reprint  June  2012 It’s summer and the Ceratopogonidae are here! What’s that? You can’t see them? Well, that’s because they are no-see-ums! As much as we love summer, we don’t like those annoying pests. We also don’t like another summer phenomenon: the loss of … Continue reading

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An Open Letter from Superintendents on New Education Legislation

This article was written collaboratively by superintendents of the state’s largest public school districts. The goal of our public schools is to make sure that each child is prepared for career, college or the military – and a rich, productive … Continue reading

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