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Budget passes Senate, gets initial approval in House

The Republican’s proposed revision to the 2018-19 budget passed its final vote in the Senate this morning, 36-14, and it...

Question of the Week – May 31

Did you know there are fifty-eight community colleges in North Carolina? That fact got us wondering,  when you think about...

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Town charter bill gets initial approval in full Senate

A bill that would allow four towns served by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system (CMS) to create their own charter schools received...

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myFutureNC blog series: Invest early to give children the best start

Watching a baby grow is a wonder. From tiny infant to curious child, they develop in what seems like the...

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Building community beyond the classroom walls

Being a classroom teacher can feel isolating. During the school day, teachers have very few interactions with other adults. The...

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Senate gives budget initial approval

Update: May 31, 2018, 9:21 a.m. The budget passed the final vote in the Senate Thursday, 36-14.  Senate lawmakers gave...

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Town charter school bill passes first hurdle in the Senate

Update: 2:44 p.m. House Bill 514 passed the Senate rules committee later in the afternoon A bill that would allow...

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A look at the North Carolina General Assembly budget proposal

There is a lot to digest for early childhood in the North Carolina General Assembly’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year...

Participate announces 2018 Teacher of the Year award recipients

Participate, (formerly VIF International Education) a provider of leading-edge technology, comprehensive K-12 global education programs, and support services for educators,...

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Chef Fowler of Mandolin reimagines school lunch

Guests at Mandolin, a restaurant in the Hayes Barton neighborhood of Raleigh, may have recently noticed a new item on...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Challenging assumptions about scientists one story at a time

I started the social media community Scientists of North Carolina in November 2016 during a very trying time for this...

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NCSSM’s best kept secret lies in the humanities department

“Since my first year as a teacher, I’ve always wanted to grow, become better at my craft, reach students, and...

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Democrats decry process as revised budget makes its way through committees

Updated 4:23 p.m. Lawmakers in the House and Senate debated the merits of the Republican’s 2018-19 revised budget today in...

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Education Matters – Principal Pay

Topic: Principal Pay Last year the average pay for a principal in North Carolina ranked 50th nationally. The General Assembly...

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General Assembly considers revised 2018-19 budget

The revised 2018-19 budget for North Carolina was released last evening. This morning it will be taken up in the...

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Roundup Results: Do you think North Carolina should legalize sports betting?

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning sports gambling. That means that the decision to allow...

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Jacksonville panel provides a military perspective on education

Reach NC Voices has been joining the myFutureNC Commission’s listening sessions across the state. On Wednesday, May 16, the session took us...

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Utilizing DPI performance data to establish a comparative basis for charter school student growth

School leaders and faculty at Research Triangle High School (RTHS) were excited yet frustrated. They were energized by the growth...

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What to expect for principals this General Assembly session

In the last long session of the General Assembly, principals and assistant principals received pay bumps and a new salary...

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People who are bettering their lives

After serving six years on the State Board of Community Colleges, Peter Hans is already familiar with North Carolina’s community...

Question of the Week – May 24

Memorial Day is a holiday to remember our fallen soldiers and also to spend time with friends and family. What...

Internet access in the classroom

The School Connectivity Initiative launched in 2006 with a goal of having broadband internet in every class.  Lt. Governor Dan...

Pathways: Doing big things on a small budget at Randolph Community College

President Robert Shackleford is proud of Randolph Community College’s many successful programs, which include photography, advanced manufacturing, and college transfer....

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Closing gaps and reaching for world-class achievement

In a long survey on the public’s views of democracy and the political system, the Pew Research Center asked U.S....

Tackling health disparity with innovation and student empowerment

I could have thought about the decision more. I could have consulted my parents about accepting an offer to teach...

Where we start: Empowering all our students

Recently, I was reflecting on the famous Dr. King quote, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Applications now open for BWF CASMT grants

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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Message from the UNC System President, May 2018

Commencement season Commencement Season has come to a close, with more than 35,000 students walking across the stage in the...

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Republican lawmakers budget $35 million for school safety

Republican lawmakers announced at a press conference today $35 million in school safety grants that will make their way into...

Blue Cross NC to help eliminate school lunch debt in Piedmont

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is helping eliminate school lunch debt in the Piedmont....

If they can see it, they can achieve it: Grounding schools in high expectations, equity, and opportunity

I cannot picture myself doing anything else, anywhere else. That was not always the case. I grew up in Denton,...

High-quality early childhood education: The best investment our communities can make

Do you remember the last time you started a new job? What were your thoughts and worries that morning as...

A Q&A with Malliron Hodge

Malliron Hodge, a native of Bunn, North Carolina, spent the past seven years working in education in New Orleans. Along...

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Democratic lawmakers make pitch for safer schools

Democratic lawmakers announced today they are filing companion bills in the House and Senate to make schools safer, including more...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Building great schools and believing in one another along the way

In June 2009, we got married. Our honeymoon was spent checking and re-checking email to ensure funding would be approved...

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FCC Chair Pai marks achievement of Internet in every NC classroom

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, joined Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and other state leaders to celebrate...

Moving towards collective leadership

A few weeks ago, I saw a commercial for NBC’s new show, Rise, which stars Josh Radnor as a drama teacher who...

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A look into Nash and Pitt Community Colleges

Over the last several months, we have traveled to more than a dozen community colleges across North Carolina. North Carolina’s...

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CMS School Board leaders, lawmakers, come out against town charter bill

The chair and the vice chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) System’s Board of Education joined Sen. Jeff Jackson, D-Mecklenburg,...

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Ann Goodnight declared ‘North Carolina’s No. 1 citizen and leader for education for all time to come’

Last night, the Public School Forum of North Carolina convened “our education family” to honor Ann Goodnight with the Jay Robinson...

Choosing what connects us over what divides us

Why am I not a school-to-prison pipeline statistic? I found my refuge in school. I was provided opportunity, exposed to...

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How Wake Tech Community College grew enrollment

Community colleges saw a rise in enrollment during the Great Recession from adults who lost their jobs returning to school....

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Out of LA: A conversation with South Carolina education writer Paul Hyde

Teacher pay and school choice are important issues in both South Carolina and North Carolina, but there are differences in...

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Virtual Public School enrollment in NC now 2nd-largest in country

After a regular school morning at Middle Creek High School in Cary, senior Connor Yungbluth, 16, takes his online Mandarin Chinese...

Teach for America: Who we are, what we do, and the broad, diverse coalitions we are building

It starts with a simple, yet audacious vision: One day, all children in our nation will have the opportunity to...

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Roundup Results: Which education issue is most crucial for the General Assembly to address in the legislative session?

On Wednesday, May 16th the General Assembly opened for the first day of the short session, and downtown Raleigh was...

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‘Where are our teachers going?’ Census answers

No doubt the timing was sheer coincidence. On the same day the red wave of teachers, children and allies rolled...

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House passes school psychologist license reciprocity bill

During the second day of the short session, the House passed HB 933 that streamlines recruitment of out-of-state school psychologists...

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Case study: How competing news outlets teamed up to investigate education in North Carolina

This case study was published by the Center for Cooperative Media and written by Phil Corso. Corso is an editor, educator...

Question of the Week – May 15

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning gambling in most states. Do you think North...

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myFutureNC blog series: Listening sessions position myFutureNC to capitalize on local success

If you’ve been following local news the last few weeks you know that today, thousands of teachers are rallying in...

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Teachers march and rally for increased pay and funding on first day of session

Thousands of teachers from the mountains to the coast descended on Raleigh yesterday to call for higher pay and increased...

Pathways: J.J. Evans connects students with success

J.J. Evans, associate director of Student Life at the North Carolina Community College System, is a self-described “air traffic controller”...

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While some teachers rally in Raleigh, others opted to stay at home

While thousands of teachers from more than 42 closed school districts rallied and marched in Raleigh, some educators and policymakers...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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Signs, signs, everywhere a sign: Educators march through Raleigh

Educators from across the state are traveling to Raleigh today to protest for higher pay and increased school funding. Here...

Pathways: Reflections from Davidson County Community College President Mary Rittling

Davidson County Community College President Mary Rittling is retiring after 15 years at the institution. Watch her reflections on her...

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Top Republican legislators promise average teacher salary will exceed $53,000 next year

As several thousand teachers head to Raleigh tomorrow to ask for more student funding and higher salaries, Republican leaders are...

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Ahead of short session, an updated look at groups making education decisions

Besides the N.C. General Assembly, Governor’s Education Cabinet, UNC Board of Governors, State Board of Community Colleges, and N.C. State...

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Feeding North Carolina’s students on May 16th

Teachers from at least 38 closed school districts are preparing to rally in Raleigh tomorrow for higher pay and better...

Pathways: Amanda Vick shares her story

Amanda Vick returned to college after two decades out of school. Now her daughter plans to attend the same community...

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EdExplainer: What to expect in the short session

On Wednesday, the General Assembly convenes again for a short session where lawmakers are expected to address the budget surplus...

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Back on track

I was in the 10th grade at Olathe Northwest High School when one day, my English teacher Mr. Anderson was...

Student attendance in North Carolina

Why do students miss school in your community? How does that impact students and schools?  When students miss 10 percent...

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School nutrition: A way to make North Carolina students thrive

Last December 900,000 students in the state of North Carolina received a free or reduced school lunch meal, said Katherine...

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Building community one bus ride at a time

“What did my child do?” For most parents, getting a phone call from their child’s school is bad news. When...

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Roundup Results: Do you think North Carolina teachers are valued?

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week! Check out our series here. With this topic in mind, Reach NC Voices asked North...

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Reinvigorating PLCs: Lessons learned from a bad gig

Not where you want to be? It should have been a great evening, but it wasn’t. I was playing music...

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On Mother’s Day, “The Mommy Dance” by kindergartners at Sugar Creek Charter School

With the help of Tiffany Tyson, who teaches character education, these kindergartners at Sugar Creek Charter School in Charlotte wrote...

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Rep. Craig Horn looks ahead to the short session

The short session starts this week. Legislators will take up revisions to the 2018-19 budget and mostly bills that survived...

Question of the Week – May 11

The General Assembly is about to be in session again, which made us wonder, what do you want covered? Which...

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Tabari Wallace, Craven County principal, becomes 2018 State Principal of the Year

Before Tabari Wallace’s name was called on Friday in a room full of Regional Principals of the Year and their...

Perspectives: Teachers at the Capitol

Teachers from across the state are expected to march in Raleigh on May 16, 2018, protesting for higher salaries and...

Educators share praise for colleagues across North Carolina

Courtney Samuelson was an English major, loved the subject, and began her teaching career in English. She returned to school...

Jacqueline Robinson: More than three decades in education almost did not happen

Jacqueline Robinson has spent 38 years teaching music in North Carolina schools, but it almost didn’t happen.  At one point...

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House Committee approves school safety measures including anonymous tip line expansion

Lawmakers at Thursday’s House Select Committee on School Safety meeting approved statewide expansion of the SPK UP NC application – an...

Winston-Salem teacher says decades in the classroom means always changing

Listen to Kirsten Russ, West Forsyth High School civics and human geography teacher, explain the differences she has noticed in...

Kindergarten teacher Jarin Wooten: “I wouldn’t trade it for the world”

Jarin Wooten doesn’t remember meeting another black, male kindergarten teacher ever in his whole life. Wooten teaches kindergarten at Sugar...

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World without walls: Virtual reality’s role in the classroom

It’s a world without walls. Students can explore the vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef or the microscopic intricacies...

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Pay raises and a taxing debate in a ‘blue moon’ cycle

When the General Assembly convenes next week, an out-pouring of public school teachers mostly from urban districts will do what...

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Cooper presents budget proposal which includes pay raises for all teachers

Governor Roy Cooper presented his proposed 2018-19 budget revision today, including a pay raise package to give every teacher in...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Kenan Fellows names 2018-19 teacher leaders

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

From pre-med to math teacher, Chris Crayton’s education journey

Chris Crayton never wanted to be a teacher. She started out as a pre-med student at Bradley University in Illinois,...

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For North Carolina teachers it’s about more than the paycheck

Classes with so many children that some have to sit on the floor. Other classes taking place in closets. Blind...

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N.C. school districts are risking a lot to earn political points

In their quest to score political points, North Carolina school district leaders putting a lot at risk. Last week, more...

An English teacher’s thoughts on her craft and why teaching literature matters

Hear from Heather Barto Wiley, an English teacher at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, on how she discovered teaching,...

School districts announce closures as teachers plan to rally

Several school districts will close next Wednesday as thousands of teachers plan to protest at the General Assembly for higher...

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School districts announce closures as teachers plan to rally

Several school districts will close next Wednesday as thousands of teachers plan to protest at the General Assembly for higher...

Teacher Jennifer Yost stays present with her students

Jennifer Yost was not going to follow in her parents’ footsteps. The daughter of two educators- her father at the collegiate...

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Ways to show our teachers appreciation

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and I encourage everyone, whether you have a child enrolled in school or not, to show...

Superintendent Mark Johnson Teacher Appreciation Day video

The following video was posted by Superintendent Mark Johnson in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day

Three-year Initiative to ReCONNECT NC Announced

The following is a press release from the Institute for Emerging Issues The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC...

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Superintendent Johnson allocates funds for literacy training and coaching

For Summer Riley, teaching young kids how to read at Cook Literacy Model School means layering tools. “It’s been really...

Barbie bungee jumps to teach students math

One day this school year, the students in Kelsey Anselmi’s eighth grade math class took a bunch of rubber bands...

Kenan Fellows Program names 2018-19 cohort of teacher leaders

The following is a press release from the Kenan Fellows Program On National Teacher Day, the Kenan Fellows Program for...

Beverly Owens wants to make a difference in the classroom

To understand why Beverly Owens, an eighth grade science teacher at Kings Mountain Middle School in Cleveland County, became a...

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Early starts, continued support helping students succeed

In the early years of a child’s life, so much growth and learning occurs — first steps, first words, learning...

Governor Roy Cooper – Teacher Appreciation Week

The following is from the office of Governor Roy Cooper Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May 7-11, 2018 as National...

A kindergarten class built on love

“Hello! Bonjour! Buenos dias!” As these greetings float through the air each morning, Carrie Blanchard’s students make their way to...

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Reflections from 20-plus years as a teacher

Mike Zimmerman has been a teacher for more than 20 years, five of them at Joyner Elementary School where he...

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Roundup Results: When you think of school lunches growing up, what food comes to mind?

School lunches look different depending on where you live. A South Korean school lunch plate includes soup, rice, and a side...

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What do Benjamin Franklin, Mickey Mouse, and Ringo Starr have in common? All were apprentices.

Question: What do Benjamin Franklin, Mickey Mouse and Ringo Starr have in common? How about Jacob Toney, Alex Hawkins and...

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State Board of Education approves audit report, ISD contract

The State Board of Education tackled two high profile subjects Thursday, approving an audit report to the General Assembly and...

Question of the Week – May 3

May 7-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week across the United States, and we want to hear from you! Do you think North...

TrueSchool launches education innovation fellowship in North Carolina

The following is a press release from TrueSchool TrueSchool is proud to announce the launch of its 2018-2019 Early Literacy...

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School safety working group wants specialized training for school resource officers

School resource officers (SRO) across the state do not have mandatory training specific to their role. Legislators who have been...

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UNC Charlotte spotlights opportunity partnerships

A little more than a year after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force issued its report identifying causes of and solutions...

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myFutureNC Blog Series: Elevating Virginia for top jobs

When I became governor in 2010, Virginia’s educational attainment rate was 10th in the nation. In comparison with other states, our...

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Addressing the mental health of high school students: Expanding training and tools in North Carolina

Across the state of North Carolina, young people’s mental health is at risk of continued decline. The average high school...

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Peter Hans takes helm of community college system

In a special meeting that lasted only minutes, the State Board of Community Colleges voted to make Peter Hans the...

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NC Department of Public Instruction: The audit is in

The State Board of Education heard details yesterday of an operational audit that offered a comprehensive vision of change for...

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Education oversight committee supports virtual charter school extension, cursive writing instruction

A group of lawmakers released education policy recommendations Tuesday, including an extension of the state’s virtual charter pilot program, training...

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Growth and achievement in North Carolina

Growth and achievement: you have probably heard these terms in conversations about education. But what are they? How do they...

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North Carolina’s shortage of autism specialists leaves some on Medicaid waiting months, even years, for help

Adison Cole has no shortage of challenges in her life. The 10-year-old Moore County girl, whose early years were spent...

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Why kids bully and what to do about it

“Hurt people hurt people.”   That’s how one middle school principal summed up the origins of bullying for me. My interview...