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House budget survives appropriations committee

The House budget successfully made its way through the House appropriations committee today, the first full day that all aspects of the...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Per-student expenditure figures are not always meaningful

Earlier this month, the National Education Association (NEA) released their annual “Rankings and Estimates” report.  In addition to North Carolina’s...

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Truth is Senate ‘cuts’ to education ‘bureaucracy’ mean less accountability and support for teachers, students

The North Carolina Senate leadership likes to derisively refer to the “bureaucracy” to justify cuts to government programs or agencies....

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House budget highlights tensions between education leaders

While the public waits for the House to unveil a full budget, including its proposal on teacher pay, the portions of...

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Technology in schools: Too much of a good thing?

Recently my school’s counseling department organized a showing of the documentary Screenagers to all 450 of our middle school students....

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Sinking in: A teacher reflects on students, the school year, her career

I’m letting it sink in that tomorrow will be my final day of school in my fifth year teaching. It’s...

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Podcast: Lenovo App Challenge at Lee County High School

On the latest episode of “Lee County Now,” a weekly radio show on education and current events on WXKL 1290...

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Weekly Wrap: House budget

Reporter Alex Granados recaps education provisions in the released portions of the House education budget proposal.  

Yard signs ‘surprise’ students, parents, neighbors

The following is a press release from Rowan-Salisbury Schools (Salisbury, NC – May 23, 2017) Rowan-Salisbury students love to read –...

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Much more to do beyond the teacher pay raise

It is safe to predict today that North Carolina school teachers will get a pay raise whenever the General Assembly...

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Questions of process plague education appropriations committee

The House unveiled portions of its two-year education budget proposal at an education appropriations committee Thursday morning and gave it...

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Bill opening up career paths for teachers passes Senate committee

The Senate education committee met Wednesday and gave a favorable vote to Senate Bill 599 which expands the number of options for...

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NCSSM Accelerator camp helps student find STEM passion

Summertime is a gift of opportunity for learning beyond the regular curriculum and expanding one’s knowledge. My name is Sasha...

U.S. Education Secretary testifies on proposed budget

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Gaston Teacher wins $25,000 national teaching award

The following is a press release from TNTP Gaston, NC — Brett Noble, eleventh-grade English teacher at KIPP Pride High...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Summer reading: It schools the mind

Languid summer days are near at hand. For students finishing the traditional academic year, time — free and fallow —...

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Bill in Senate committee gives more options for teacher career pathway

A bill under consideration by the Senate education committee would widen the possible pathways to becoming a teacher.  Sen. Chad Barefoot,...

Eastern NC Educators invited to attend free teacher leadership symposium

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is pleased...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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From the ashes

Just over a year ago, very suddenly, a statewide education impact organization with a presence that was ready to model...

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Funding cuts to Department of Public Instruction in question

When the Senate released its version of the budget, one of its provisions (page F 13) revealed a 25 percent cut...

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Kenan Fellows Program unites with Charlotte-area partners to create STEM Teacher Leader Cluster

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Eight Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) educators have...

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A samurai science-fiction school?

I learned the Pythagorean Theorem in school–the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum...

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Public School Forum honors Senator Howard Lee

The Public School Forum of North Carolina honored former North Carolina Senator Howard Lee with the 2017 Jay Robinson Education Leadership...

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Lessons from a North Carolina embarrassment

In image-conscious North Carolina, sometimes it takes an embarrassment to get the state in gear. Consider, for example, what happened...

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Turning parents into partners by listening

“In order for lasting change to happen in Forsyth County, business will have to be done differently, and families will...

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NC STEM Center e-Update, May 18, 2017

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

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Public School Forum to honor former NC Senator Howard Lee for leadership in education

RALEIGH, NC (May 16, 2017) – Former North Carolina Senator Howard N. Lee  will receive the 2017 Public School Forum...

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Edgecombe finishes series of input meetings, talks “whole child” approach

Over the past few months, Edgecombe County Public Schools administration has asked the community a question: What do you want for...

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New policy addresses mental health needs of public school students

Last month, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved a new policy to help improve mental health services for public...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Average pay isn’t the point

The average pay received by public school teachers in North Carolina this year was $49,837, up four percent from the...

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More state money on the way for school construction?

Additional state funds could be allocated for local school construction if a bill given favorable approval in a House education committee...

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Deal in works to restore education funding stripped from budget

A Democratic senator says she is negotiating with Senate leadership on getting funding restored for education programs targeted by an...

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Externships equip teachers with necessary skills to transfer to students

As a North Carolina public school teacher, I am charged with a task I find both admirable and necessary: creating...

Perquimans school leader named Principal of the Year

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools The principal of an elementary school in one of the...

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Planting seeds for racial equity in Forsyth County

They were gathered to watch  Beyond the Bricks: A New Era of Education (Washington Koen Media, 2010), a documentary that follows...

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The need for innovation and flexibility in education

Editor’s Note: Last week, Lt. Governor Dan Forest attended a conference in Salt Lake City hosted by the Center for...

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Weekly Wrap: Senate budget

Reporter Alex Granados explains the education provisions of the Senate budget proposal and what happens next.    Editor’s note: The...

GSK helps Triangle area teachers connect elementary 
curriculum to STEM industries

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program RALEIGH, N.C., (May 9, 2017) – The Kenan Fellows...

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A thank you from State Superintendent Mark Johnson

NC Superintendent Mark Johnson released a video message thanking teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12).  “National Teacher Appreciation Week...

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Senate passes budget proposal despite Democratic opposition

The North Carolina Senate voted along party lines to pass a budget proposal for the next two years that provides...

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Cooper brings touch of clarity to education debate

For many Americans, politics often seem a clash of spin and sound bites, of tweets and TV spots, of obfuscation...

The gift of reading and writing: Thank you, Ms. Gaskill

A confession: I put off this assignment for several days. How in the world do I choose a favorite teacher?...

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NCSSM online: Passionate about community, reaching for more

For Alex Adler, a junior at The Oakwood School in Greenville and an online student at the North Carolina School of...

A teacher inspires a student to become a teacher

When my father arrived home from work, he would turn on ESPN. When my mother came downstairs, she would change...

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Senate budget shifts education spending

The Senate’s version of the budget dropped Tuesday night, allocating more than $9 billion for K-12 education over the next two years — more...

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Advocates descend on the General Assembly

Advocates for rural North Carolina and education descended on the General Assembly this week.  On Tuesday, the North Carolina Rural...

Finding my voice from teachers

It is not an exaggeration to say that reading has saved my life more than once. Growing up with a...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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NCSSM online: One student’s balancing act

At MOD Pizza in Fayetteville, the cashier asks a question Konstance Woods hears often: “Are you from Lumberton?” Woods and her...

A thank you to teachers

Listen to this. I am sure many of you are familiar with this thought, but hear it again anew. “A...

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Budget highlights give glimpse of Senate spending priorities

Senators gave a glimpse of their spending priorities during a press conference on their budget proposal this afternoon. While Republican lawmakers gave some details...

District-by-district figures: Governor Cooper’s school support personnel funding in your area

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: After proclaiming May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation...

NC teachers from across the state awarded 
prestigious Kenan fellowships

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program RALEIGH, N.C. – On National Teacher Day, the Kenan...

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Charter school advisory board wrap-up

The Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) met Monday in their second-to-last convening of the year-long cycle. The board heard from...

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NCSSM enrolls students throughout state in online program

There is a map of North Carolina on Kendall Hageman’s office door. Counties are colored in to note where she...

Teachers sparking passion

Thank You. Thank you to all the teachers across North Carolina for working tirelessly for your students. Thank you for the...

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Sandy Grove Middle School: Heading North, B-Bound

“It looks good on paper.” In my experience, this sentence is usually closely followed by, “but it’s too good to...

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Volunteers bolster Chapel Hill-Carrboro teaching force

In 2009, Ladnor Geissinger retired from his job as a math professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel...

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Teachers deliver

This week, May 8-12, is Teacher Appreciation Week. This year’s theme is “Teachers Deliver.” The national PTA website says, “Teachers...

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Weekly Wrap: State Board of Education meeting and Edgecombe recovery

Watch reporters Alex Granados and Liz Bell discuss this week’s State Board of Education meeting, Edgecombe County’s continued Hurricane Matthew...

Gov. Cooper nominates members to State Board of Education

The following is a press release from Governor Roy Cooper RALEIGH: Governor Cooper has nominated members to the State Board of...

UCPS and Carolinas HealthCare System partner for education

The following is a press release from Union County Public Schools Monroe, NC—Union County Public Schools (UCPS) and Carolinas HealthCare...

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Apprenticeships: A path from high school to middle-skill jobs

Two decades ago, Durham-based MDC’s first State of the South report observed that “the new economy makes education beyond the...

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State Board allows Superintendent Johnson to hire a chief of staff

The State Board of Education met for three days this week and, in a surprise move, granted Superintendent Mark Johnson the...

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The Wilson Scholars Program: Making a difference

My grandparents lived in Lenoir. I visited often and knew the town backward and forward…from the post office to Blackwelder...

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EdExplainer: How schools are graded and why it matters

House Bill 13 dominated the headlines before crossover, but several other important pieces of education legislation could change the way the state’s...

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NC State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues Director’s Log

During our podcast episode this week with former Lieutenant Governor and Isothermal Community College President Walter Dalton, I mentioned a...

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On WUNC’s The State of Things: Reporter Liz Bell talks about Edgecombe’s continued Matthew recovery

EducationNC reporter Liz Bell talked with The State of Things host Frank Stasio on Tuesday about Edgecombe County’s recovery efforts since...

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Talking with the head of the Achievement School District

The Achievement School District bill passed during the 2016 General Assembly short session. At the heart of the legislation is the creation...

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Male educators of color are uniquely positioned to define a narrative

In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois posed a serious and thought-provoking question about the human condition of...

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STEM leaders recognized at annual SMT Awards

    Editor’s Note: Sam Houston is on EducationNC’s board.

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Are smartphones making teens dumb and dumber?

Smartphones are teenagers’ constant companions. The last thing teens check at night before drifting off to sleep, phones occupy pride...