Weekly wrap: Veto override, legislature adjourns, and State Board and Johnson in court

Watch EducationNC reporters Alex Granados and Liz Bell discuss North Carolina education news from the week. Catch up on the...

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Friday, June 30, 2017


Teachers of Tomorrow will have to wait

The conference report for Senate Bill 599 removes a provision creating a pilot program that could have allowed Teachers of...


High stakes for children and students in health debate

You would not automatically know it from the dominant headlines and the TV talking heads, but the outcome of the...


Lessons from German culture to implement in the classroom

How can you explain the overall experience of visiting Germany in regards to the educational system, the people, the culture,...


Three judge panel hears arguments on education governance authority

In a court case that will decide the power granted the State School Superintendent, the arguments today centered on whether...

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Thursday, June 29, 2017


State of the Plate

Why do some students eat lunch from the school cafeteria while others bring their lunches from home? Why do school...


Budget bill fires State Board of Ed director, DPI staffers with ties to Atkinson

A N.C. General Assembly budget mandate to fire certain North Carolina public education officials would target Republican rivals’ allies and...


The impact of alternative teacher prep in Texas, North Carolina

A bill to open up the educator preparation system in North Carolina to organizations other than universities could bring big...


School Food Infrastructure Questions

Share your thoughts on your own experiences as a child with school food, and your thoughts for the future of...


The budget is completed

The House voted 76 to 43 to override Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the General Assembly budget, giving it the...

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017


EdExplainer: What’s for lunch? Understanding school food

If I asked you to describe your own school lunch experiences in three words, would those words be mostly positive?...


We are North Carolina Community Colleges

Closely examine the photo below. The photo is not unlike those taken by NASA researchers or by National Oceanic and...


NC draft plan on ESSA available for comment

The new version of the draft state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is now available online. The...

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017


N.C. teachers learn about German identity through teenagers

Our visit to Eschbach-Gymnasium Stuttgart-Frieburg, an ocean and continent away, revealed that teenagers are more alike than different. They dress...


Governor’s School begins again

Where were you 20 years ago this week? Typically, my memory is not crisp enough to recall exact dates, but...


Educator preparation bill passes House, returns to Senate

A bill that would open up the educator preparation system in North Carolina passed the House tonight in a 78-35...


Governor Cooper to veto budget

Governor Roy Cooper announced this morning that he will veto today the Republican budget compromise that passed the General Assembly...


Angel Nugroho: First days at Governor’s School-A hurricane and a clear sky

The first week of Governor’s School is simultaneously a hurricane and a clear sky. I quickly became tangled in trying...

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Monday, June 26, 2017


Parent says end-of-year tests do not reflect student aptitude

This past school year, my two children attended Martin Millenium Academy, Edgecombe County’s first global school. This was their third...


EdTalk: Principal pay

On the latest episode of EdTalk, host Alex Granados talks with Katherine Joyce, executive director of the North Carolina Association...


Germany’s education inspires through ‘fairy tales and the future’

Germany is a land of fairy tales and the future. It is a juxtaposition that I’ve been observing and feeling...


Weekly wrap: House and Senate pass budget

Watch EducationNC reporters Alex Granados and Liz Bell talk about this week’s education news in North Carolina. The General Assembly...


Sheronda Witter to lead North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs

The following is a press release from the NC Public School Forum RALEIGH, NC (June 22, 2017) – The  Public...

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Friday, June 23, 2017



Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) would like to know more regarding your thoughts around trauma and the impact that it...


Omnibus budget ladened with more than money

The North Carolina General Assembly adopts an omnibus budget. When legislators give their “yea’’ or “nay’’ to the appropriations act,...


Budget clears General Assembly

The state House gave final approval to the compromise budget today, 77-38. The measure now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper for...


NC STEM Center e-update: Prevent summer learning loss

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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Thursday, June 22, 2017


House Democrats offer fierce opposition to budget compromise

Before the House gave preliminary approval, 77-40, to the state budget compromise bill today, Democrats railed against what they said...


Tweak to educator preparation bill could favor Texas organization

The House K-12 Education Committee changed Senate Bill 599 today in a way that could create a faster path for certain types...


N.C. teacher surprised by high standards placed on teaching profession in Germany

Today’s action for our group unfolded in three stages — the early travel from Berlin to Stuttgart; our visit to...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Campaign contribution by teacher preparation organization complicates expansion bill

Senator Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, is the sole sponsor of Senate Bill 599 which opens up the educator preparation system in North...


German school visits: Independence and bilingualism

Today was our first adventure into a German school! We spent the morning at the John F. Kennedy Community School...


N.C. teachers’ daily video diaries from Germany

A group of teachers traveled to Germany with GoGlobal NC. Watch their reflections here. Anthony Johnson, a science and social...


Senate gives preliminary approval to budget compromise

In a 38 to 11 vote, the Senate gave preliminary approval tonight to the budget compromise created by Republican leaders....


Apprenticeships are not a silver bullet

For decades, economists have considered the costs and benefits of adopting variations of highly developed apprenticeship systems operating in Germany...

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Berlin’s contrast — in architecture and people — intrigues N.C. teacher

I find the city of Berlin to be a fascinating study in contrast. On every block you see historic buildings,...


Part of budget compromise revealed

House and Senate Republicans gave highlights of their 2017-19 budget plan, including almost $700 million more for public education over two years. The...


History teacher, first time abroad, gains perspective to bring to classroom

There’s an old German saying that says ”war rastet, der rostet.” Loosely translated, it means that he who rests grows...

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Monday, June 19, 2017


Are the kids all right?

On the latest edition of EdTalk, Host Alex Granados talks with Laila Bell, director of research and data at NC...


Weekly Wrap: Budget delay and issues with end-of-grade test scores

EducationNC reporters Alex Granados and Liz Bell update you on this week’s education news in North Carolina — the General...

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Friday, June 16, 2017


North Carolina teachers head to Germany to learn from innovation and sustainability

Today, 28 North Carolina teachers are traveling to Germany for the travel portion of a professional development program designed to...


Who will design 21st century schools?

Forget high school. Or more precisely, forget your high school. Many of us, parents and policymakers, have vivid memories of...


Kenan Fellows collaborates with Biogen Foundation to 
empower teacher leaders in Rural NC

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

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Thursday, June 15, 2017


‘Tight timeline’ to return final exam scores burdens some teachers

Some North Carolina teachers had to mark students’ final grades as “incomplete” because they did not receive final exam scores before their grading deadlines. In...


Did you know community colleges do research, too?

If two people play a word association game and start with the word ‘research,’ more than likely, the other person...


Bills flow through Senate education committee

With a compromise budget on the horizon, legislators are pushing bills through committees, and the Senate education committee is no...


End-of-year Testing Questionnaire

Teachers and parents: Let us know about the end-of-year testing and whether or not you’ve received the scores.


Your Education Budget Priorities

As the North Carolina General Assembly works on the education budget, we want to know what your priorities are. What...


Summer meals

Share your thoughts on the summer meals program for children. read more about summer meals here


End-of-the-school-year testing

For North Carolina students in traditional calendar programs, school is officially out for the summer. Many of those students took end-of-grade...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Charter advisory board tackles problem school

Much of the Charter School Advisory Board meeting yesterday was taken up by a discussion of Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy, a...


EdExplainer: Summer Meals Program

When the bell rings for the last time in June, it represents not only the end of the school year,...


Questions for Teachers

Calling all teachers! Share your thoughts and insights on professional development and summer nutrition for your students.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Senate passes bill expanding teacher preparation options

A bill that would expand the list of teacher preparation program providers passed the Senate yesterday 35 to 13.  SB 599,”Excellent...


Early Childhood Parent Questions – Legislators

Tell us how state and local legislators can help the children of North Carolina be successful.


Early Childhood Parent Questions – Community

Tell us how your community can help the children of North Carolina be successful.


Early Childhood Parent Questions – Service Providers

Tell us how service providers can help the children of North Carolina be successful.


Break the Summer Silence

 We want to build a community of teachers who stay connected over the summer.  A place to share your experiences,...


Early Childhood Parent Questions – Child Care Centers

Tell us how child care centers ad providers can help the children of North Carolina be successful.


Early Childhood Parent Questions – Doctors

Tell us how doctors and health providers can help the children of North Carolina be successful.

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Monday, June 12, 2017


House, Senate and Governor’s Plans: Top 10 education budget items compared

The passage of the House budget last week was the third of three possible budgets for the state: one by Governor Roy Cooper,...


Equal access to fun: Inclusive field trips and extracurricular activities

For many students, the best part of the school day is not the time they are in the classroom. It...


Weekly wrapup: All quiet on the budget front

Reporter Alex Granados talks about what is not happening at the General Assembly this week and highlights EducationNC’s series on...


Public School Forum of NC launches new effort to address impacts of childhood trauma on learning

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina RALEIGH, NC (June 9, 2017) –...

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Friday, June 9, 2017


Hurricane Matthew recovery funding sources remain in question

More than seven months after Hurricane Matthew devastated individuals across eastern North Carolina, the state is still searching for funding to...


Bright spot amid sobering news on rural schools

Hearty congratulations go out to the 90 young men and women in the class of 2017 at Warren County High...


NC STEM Center e-update: STEM schools of distinction

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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Thursday, June 8, 2017


Bill widening educator preparation options passes Senate finance

The Senate finance committee gave a favorable report to a bill that gives prospective teachers more options for entering the profession....


Students with trauma: How one middle school is coping after Hurricane Matthew

Teachers, students, and other Edgecombe County residents all had a common refrain when asked about heavy rainfall in April that...

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Video: Seven months later, Edgecombe residents cope with Matthew aftermath

More than seven months after Hurricane Matthew, students, parents, and teachers are still facing the trauma caused by the storm. Watch...


Taking attendance in the 21st century

When I first started teaching, in the previous century, taking attendance in a public school classroom was so simple and...

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Gov. Cooper denounces House and Senate education spending plans

Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the House and Senate versions of the budget Monday at a press conference, saying neither proposal prioritizes...


An exercise to understand ACEs: Emily’s backpack

Instructions You will need a backpack, a can of food, a drawing of a dad, a medicine bottle, preschool level...


Senate- and House-proposed elementary school accountability plans miss an opportunity to prioritize K-3 school quality and student success

The recently-released Senate and House budgets would amend North Carolina’s school accountability system to align with new federal requirements under...


Raleigh and Washington D.C.

This questionnaire covers a broad set of topics to help us more completely understand beliefs about policy and governance.

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Monday, June 5, 2017


Belflex mentoring program helps students learn employment skills

Partnerships between schools and business are creating new ways to help strengthen education for our students. One such partnership in...


Changing our mindset…literally

Over the next 12-18 months, we will travel around North Carolina. With our collection of nonprofits and initiatives — EdNC,...


Balancing Act, an interactive tool to share your budget priorities

Do you know how the budget process in North Carolina works? Here is your chance to review the House budget, weigh...


Weekly Wrapup: House budget passes

Reporter Alex Granados gives highlights from passage of the House budget this week. 


Pilot program tests “Whole Child” approach in North Carolina schools

The committee tasked with addressing the needs of the “whole child” revealed its initial findings from a pilot program on Thursday....

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Friday, June 2, 2017


An ‘alternative universe’ required to stifle school resegregation

Four academic researchers from three public universities have produced fresh documentation of the South’s backsliding on school desegregation. Their array...


House passes budget, boosts teacher and principal pay

The House passed its budget in the early hours this morning. The measure includes pay increases for teachers and a...


Education amendments to House budget shot down

Late in the day Thursday, the House took up a number of education amendments before voting on the budget plan,...


House budget press conference sets the stage

Yesterday was a long day in the state House, as the chamber’s budget proposal hit the floor for amendments and...

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Thursday, June 1, 2017


Singapore math

Singapore is a very small country in southern Asia that has gained international notoriety for its success by the Programme...