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At long last, a plan to comply with Leandro education mandate takes shape

More than two decades after a landmark state Supreme Court ruling, NC moves a step closer to assuring every child access to a "sound, basic education" Superior Court Judge David Lee signed a consent order Monday in which the defendants and plaintiffs in the long running Leandro case agree to work “expeditiously and without delay” to create and implement a plan to provide North Carolina’s school children with a sound, basic education.

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The New Year should be pivotal for public education in North Carolina

In 2020, the conversation about public education in North Carolina will undoubtedly be shaped by the WestEd report, which punctuated the end of 2019 with a big exclamation point. 

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Public education battles of 2019 figure to remain front and center in 2020

The year ended with a bang on the K-12 education front in North Carolina. WestEd, an independent nonprofit research group, released a long-awaited report intended to help North Carolina meet its constitutional obligation to provide its school children with a “sound, basic education.”

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A new and valuable public school or simply a business opportunity?

Local officials express concerns about scant community connections of proposed Durham charter school operator Should it matter if leaders of a large charter school planned for one county live in another?  Durham Public Schools (DPS) officials think it should. 

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State Board of Ed examines decline in teacher licensure exam pass rates

The percentage of teachers passing state licensure exams has fallen to 80 percent, leaving some members of the State Board of Education (SBE) to wonder if students are being shortchanged by ill-prepared teachers. A report shared with SBE members this week showed the passing rate on state teacher exams falling from 96% percent in 2014 to 80.2% in 2018.

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State Board of Ed receives hopeful report of progress in slowing NC’s school-to-prison pipeline

GREENSBORO – A Pender County graduate almost missed an opportunity to pursue his dream job because he got into a fight while in high school at age 15.   New Hanover County Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening told the State Board of Education (SBE) on Wednesday that the young man dreamed of joining the U.S. Air Force to pursue a career in military intelligence.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates pulls few punches at Raleigh “Color of Education” summit

Acclaimed author draws parallels between slavery and sexual violence Ever the provocateur, award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates has a knack for asking tough, uncomfortable questions about race, a manufactured concept that has left an indelible stain on America hundreds of years after...

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N.C. school officials consider application from troubled charter operator

An ambitious Raleigh charter school operator’s rapid expansion into the management side of the business has Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) members concerned.  CSAB members are worried Don McQueen, executive director of Torchlight Academy, won’t be able to juggle current responsibilities with future ones, which could include management of several new charter schools seeking state approval. 

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Monday numbers: A closer look at North Carolina’s Restart schools

Recurring low-performing schools can get fresh starts under the state’s Restart school reform model, which grants them charter-like flexibility.  That means the schools are free of many of the mandates under which traditional public schools must operate. 

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PW exclusive: Troubled charter school’s decision to hire consultant with checkered past raises concerns

A troubled charter school in the Rowan County town of East Spencer has turned to a man with a checkered financial and criminal history to help it find its footing after a rocky first year that involved parting ways with its management company and finishing the academic year thousands of dollars in the red.

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