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Following an acrimonious start, state takeover program settling into North Carolina school

Southside Ashpole Elementary School in Robeson County looks like most elementary schools in rural North Carolina. The 1950s-era school building — located along North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Rowland — is showing its age, but is ...
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State Board of Education votes to close Charlotte Learning Academy

Citing a pattern of low performance, the State Board of Education on Thursday voted to close Charlotte Learning Academy, one of 32 schools across the state whose charters were up for renewal this month.

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House Speaker advances bond plan for K-12 and higher ed

The divide between leadership of the state House and Senate over how to pay for billions in school construction needs widened significantly Thursday when House Republicans filed a bill calling for a $1.9 billion education bond. Under House Bill 241, $1.5 billion in bond money, pending voter approval, would be earmarked for K-12 construction and renovation projects.

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Johnson outlines new education priorities at controversial private event

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson on Tuesday released a lengthy list of education priorities he contends will ensure North Carolina’s public schools are the best for teachers and students by 2030. The list of priorities includes...

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Republican senators offer alternative to statewide school bond referendum

State Senate leaders on Wednesday released a plan to pay for school construction and renovations without voter approval in a statewide bond referendum.

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In some North Carolina counties, traditional schools are being squeezed by charters

There has been much written about the impact charter school growth has had on some of North Carolina’s larger, urban school districts. But the impact might be greater on some of the state’s smaller, rural school districts where the loss of students, and the funding that follows them, are felt more profoundly.

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Monday numbers: A closer look at school vouchers in North Carolina

The Public Forum of North Carolina has called for a moratorium on increased funding to the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program until lawmakers pass legislation that provides more “robust’ financial oversight and evidence that students who receive the vouchers are performing better academically in private school settings.

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Public school advocates call for renewed public school emphasis, support for rural districts

The Public School Forum of North Carolina on Wednesday called on state leaders to “renew” their commitment to “public schools for the public good.” The Raleigh-based nonpartisan organization -- which is focused on improving educational outcomes...

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Monday numbers: NC ends the year with the nation’s highest number of board certified teachers

This month, 557 teachers across the state earned their national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. With nearly 22,000 teachers having earned the respected credential...

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