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Monday numbers: A closer look at Gov. Cooper’s bond proposal

When Governor Roy Cooper rolled out his 2019-21 budget last week, he proposed placing a nearly $4 billion bond initiative before North Carolina voters that would invest in better schools and other critical infrastructure. According to the governor’s ...
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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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Educators seethe at N.C. lawmakers’ plan to arm, deputize teachers

Two new bills filed by state lawmakers take the heated debate over gun rights and safety to one of its most controversial battlegrounds: the classroom. House Bill 216 - The School Self-Defense Act - would make it legal for teachers and staff members to carry concealed handguns on school grounds “to respond to acts of violence or imminent threats of violence.”

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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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New UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor, system president agree: Silent Sam needs to go

UNC-Chapel Hill’s new interim chancellor wants the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument moved off campus – a position the interim UNC system President said Thursday he also shares.

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Monday numbers – A closer look at teacher turnover in North Carolina

The State Board of Education holds its monthly meeting this Wednesday and Thursday. Members will discuss the findings of a new statewide report on the State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina. The following numbers examines teacher turnover across our Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and charter schools.

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With Folt leaving, UNC awaits Silent Sam report

Last week the UNC Board of Governors voted to release an “after-action report” on last year’s toppling of the Silent Sam Confederate monument. Nearly a week later, the report has yet to be released.

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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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After Folt’s exodus, UNC system may face a struggle in finding new leadership, experts say

With the resignation of both UNC System President Margaret Spellings and UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt, the university finds itself at a crossroads. Both leaders stepped down in the last few months after years of conflict with the UNC Board of Governors.

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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: A closer look at Read to Achieve and early childhood literacy

The State Board of Education holds its first meeting of 2019 this week. Members will discuss the findings of a new statewide report on North Carolina's Read to Achieve program. The initiative passed by the General Assembly in 2012 was designed to insure students could read at grade-level by third grade.

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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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“Lawyers, guns and money”: Stories that mattered to North Carolina schools in 2018

1. North Carolina superintendent trips over state laws, critics say North Carolina’s massive purchase of tablets, intended to boost tech for elementary literacy, came and went quietly in June, but the events preceding state Superintendent Mark Johnson’s move did not.

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