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How HB2 increases the pressure on North Carolina's LGBTQ students

“We all know this. It’s intuitive, but the data is there to support it.”

Emily Greytak, research director at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), one of the nation’s leading advocacy and policy organizations for LGBTQ students in K-12 schools, is assessing the startling data about school experience. Greytak’s able to reel off one number after another reflecting, in stark detail, the stunning disparities between LGBTQ youth and their peers when it comes to their school experience.

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NCPW Q&A: Meet the trans youth taking a stand against Gov. Pat McCrory and House Bill 2

Freshman year of high school is, for some people, already an uphill climb.

It was a different challenge altogether for Hunter Schafer, a Raleigh teenager who says she came out just before ninth grade and immediately began transitioning. By her sophomore year, Schafer had adopted female pronouns and began using the women’s restroom at school.

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As lawmakers square off over teacher raises, an $8 billion problem looms

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools may be shrinking—at the startling rate of about 250 students per year since 2011—but the myriad concerns about failing heating and air conditioning systems and ventilation have gone nowhere. In Johnston County, a suburban ...
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NCPW exclusive: Lawyer for transgender Virginia teen discusses federal case that could blow up HB2

When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the highly controversial House Bill 2 in late March, Joshua Block was doing the same thing he’s been doing most days since January: waiting for a potentially seismic court decision from ...
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Legislators advance controversial Achievement School District proposal

Plan could give for-profit charter operators control over low-performing public schools

A controversial reform method that turns over management of low-performing schools to charter operators met with a speedy, unanimous approval in a legislative study committee Wednesday morning, but not without some reservations from one of the N.C. General Assembly’s most powerful budget writers.

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McCrory’s teacher pay proposal draws skepticism, cautious optimism

State’s education leaders await specifics in governor’s budget Many of North Carolina’s political leaders may still be roiling over the backlash to the state’s broad anti-LGBT law this week, but Gov. Pat McCrory wants to talk about public ...
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Schools, students struggle with impact of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law

For some children in North Carolina public schools, going to the bathroom has always been an ordeal. Now, one week after the state’s lawmakers passed a widely-criticized anti-LGBT bill that bars transgender accommodations for public restrooms, things are ...
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Racial divisions grow in state’s largest school districts

For Justin Perry, all of this—the landmark court case that dismantled Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) diversity-friendly school assignments at the turn of the century, the bitter wringing of hands that followed and, today, a school system seemingly more stratified ...
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Black students significantly more likely to face suspension in North Carolina

“We’re in a state of emergency when it comes to education.”

N.C. Rep. Garland Pierce, a Democrat from Scotland County and the chairman of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus, insists he’s not overstating the crisis for black students in North Carolina today.

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Limited resources, poverty, academic problems drive NC’s higher dropout rate

Rates surged in 67 of the state’s 115 local school systems

For the better part of a decade, North Carolina’s dropout rate has been on the decline. But this week, in the midst of ongoing bickering between public education activists and budget leaders in the N.C. General Assembly over shortfalls in state funding in recent years, state school officials will present data that marks North Carolina’s first increase in the dropout rate in eight years.

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Tiny private school puts spotlight on voucher system’s flaws

Despite lack of standards and accountability, NC ‘Opportunity Scholarships’ program is poised to grow

Star Christian Academy, a K-12 private school, occupies two rooms in the back of New Generation Christian Church in Smithfield. According to a former student, it has just three teachers for the 13 grades, and they provide minimal active instruction.

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Revenue forecast, election year politics likely to dictate size of teacher raises

Last month, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson proposed an across-the-board 10 percent pay raise for all North Carolina teachers. A day later, state House Speaker Tim Moore suggested a much more modest 2 percent raise.

Now, this week, Craig Horn, the influential Republican from Union County who chairs the House appropriations committee for education, tells N.C. Policy Watch...

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Haywood County considers shuttering elementary school

Charter school competition, funding shortfall forces difficult decision

Chuck Francis, chairman of the Haywood County Schools Board of Education, won’t guarantee that his rural, mountain system will have to close a school to blunt funding shortfalls from the state of North Carolina.

“But the reality is, if we don’t, we’re going to have to go back to the trough,” says Francis. “And we’re going to have some real painful cuts.”

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Out-of-state leadership of North Carolina charters raises red flags

The N.C. State Board of Education may be set to approve a policy limiting out-of-state leadership in North Carolina charter school boards as soon as next month, but some, including state board Chairman Bill Cobey, say the new ...
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Could raising the state’s dropout age save more “at-risk” students?

Education advocates examine raising the age to 18 Aron Gabriel, assistant superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools, hears the arguments against raising the dropout age in North Carolina from 16 to 18. Why waste resources on students who don’t ...
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