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COVID-19 Education Top Story

Newly elected education leaders pledge to resist privatization, say pandemic could change future of public schools

Tamika Walker Kelly began to hear talk about the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) being taken over by "radicals" almost immediately after winning election to become president of the state’s largest teacher advocacy group.  It’s a description with which the Cumberland County elementary school music teacher takes issue.

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COVID-19 Education Top Story

As COVID-19 disrupts many school traditions, the Class of 2020 focuses on the future

Dizni DeBerry, a Hillside High School senior in Durham, vividly remembers the week before schools closed. In mid-March, DeBerry, 18, and other students in Hillside’s vaunted drama department, after weeks of rehearsals, were preparing to perform Matilda: The Musical, a play based on the hit movie and beloved children’s book.  But students had heard rumors that Durham Public Schools could possibly close in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

House budget proposes even less transparency for NC’s already unaccountable school voucher program

Since its inception, North Carolina’s school voucher program has suffered from a stunning lack of transparency and accountability that should safeguard the public’s investment in private schools. The voucher program already makes public dollars accessible to private schools that are free to discriminate by turning away students who are gay or transgender, have disabilities, or who don’t subscribe to a religious doctrine.

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Events

Crucial Conversation: What’s next for our public schools? With June Atkinson

An NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon— What’s next for our public schools? A conversation with June Atkinson, North Carolina’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. Click here to register As all who follow the public policy debates in North ...
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Education

New faces of the SBE: Marcella Ramirez-Savage

NC Policy Watch is talking with new appointees to the State Board of Education to give our readers a sense of their backgrounds and philosophies on education policy in the state of North Carolina. Three open slots on ...
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Fitzsimon File

The scramble to avoid the truth

Republican legislative leaders are scrambling mightily to respond to Judge Howard Manning’s ruling Monday that the recently passed budget denies at-risk four year olds in North Carolina the sound basic education that the state constitution guarantees them. Manning ...
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