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Greg Childress

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Greg Childress, Education Reporter,
joined Policy Watch in December 2018 after nearly 30 years at The Herald-Sun of Durham, where he spent his last five years covering the Durham Public Schools, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools. Greg also covered city and county governments in Durham and Orange counties, higher education and spent 10 years as an associate editorial page editor.
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COVID-19 Education News Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at the return to in-person instruction

The North Carolina Association of Educators says teachers shouldn’t return to classrooms until they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.  The NCAE released that statement last week as both Republican and Democratic state lawmakers urged school districts to reopen for in-person instruction, to prevent further learning loss and to address students’  social and emotional needs.

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A bitter Register of Deeds contest spurs allegations of racism in Wayne County

Dems joined with GOP to recruit write-in candidates to try to defeat disfavored Black candidates The path to victory in the 2020 Wayne County Register of Deeds contest looked as if it would be easy for Constance Coram. She had defeated incumbent and fellow Democrat Judy Harrison by a slim 145 votes in the March 3 primary.

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Education Top Story

Youth Justice Project seeks racial reform in use of suspensions, school resource officers in Durham

Nicholas Brown, a junior at Jordan High School in Durham, has had the uncomfortable experience of being followed to class by School Resource Officers hired by the district who are supposed to make students and staff feel safe.  Brown, 16, wasn’t doing anything wrong, just moving from one class to another to attend a study session or to take a teacher-approved restroom break. 

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State Board of Education unanimously revokes struggling Rowan County school’s charter

State education officials will help place students in other schools for 2021-22 academic year A tardy audit submission in late December couldn’t save Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School.  The State Board of Education on Thursday unanimously voted to revoke the Rowan County school’s charter because its leaders failed to submit required financial audits for 2019 and 2020 on time.

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COVID-19 Education News Top Story

The year in review: Some of the top stories from a tumultuous time in public education

The pandemic only added to the enormous challenges confronting NC public schools It’s been called a year like no other.  And 2020 has been that, especially for teachers and parents struggling to educate school children during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 300,000 people across the United States.

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Mark Johnson’s rocky tenure comes to a close in familiar fashion

State Superintendent Mark Johnson will end his tenure this month the same way he started it four years ago – at odds with the State Board of Education.  The state board’s decision to require high school students and ...
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North Carolina’s public schools need teachers of color. How will the state recruit and retain them?

Data show that more than half of public school children are nonwhite, but only 21% of teachers are. As a young boy growing up in Kinston, Anthony Graham, saw well intentioned Samaritans flow into Eastern North Carolina after strong hurricanes battered the coast and inland regions. For a brief time, Graham said, they provided an invaluable and welcomed safety net for people in his community, some of whom had lost everything in the destructive storms.

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‘Incompetence is the star of the show’: Board recommends revoking charter for Essie Mae Kiser Foxx school

The charter, which opened in 2018, has serious financial, management and academic problems.

Shortly before Thanksgiving, the families that entrust their children to Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School school in East Spencer, a small town of about 1,500 in Rowan County, were urged to “enjoy" their holiday break on the school’s Facebook page. 

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Given the flexibility of charters, Restart schools and their students seem to be improving

Two-thirds of 107 schools in North Carolina met or exceeded academic growth goals Granville County Schools is embroiled in a fierce competition for students, and the is district losing.  Over 10 years, more than 1,700 students have left the ...
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State Superintendent-elect Catherine Truitt: Where she stands on charters, the board and the NCAE

Truitt will have to rebuild trust with the state board, whose relationship with her predecessor was combative. Education in North Carolina has become “highly politicized” to the detriment of student achievement, says State Superintendent-elect Catherine Truitt.

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