James and Barbara Goodmon to receive Public School Forum of North Carolina’s Annual Education Leadership Award

The following is a press release from the Public School Forum of North Carolina James (Jim) and Barbara Goodmon were...

PEFNC welcomes experienced public servants Joel Ford, Marilyn Avila to Board of Directors

The following is a press release from Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina North Carolina’s leading voice for parental...

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Speaker Moore introduces school construction bond legislation

House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, introduced legislation to put a $1.9 billion school building bond before North Carolina voters during...

Stories from the Education Pipeline: John Martinez shares why he dropped out of high school

John Martinez, an 18-year-old Charlotte resident and former student at Garinger High School, started to disengage in middle school. Martinez...

What are your priorities?

How educated is North Carolina?

What is postsecondary attainment, and why is it important? What is the current landscape of postsecondary attainment in NC? What...

North Carolina’s Leaky Educational Pipeline: An introduction

Tomorrow’s jobs demand a highly trained workforce. Job seekers across North Carolina are entering a dynamic economy that requires new...

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DHHS releases statewide early childhood goals

The state’s youngest children — how to improve health and education outcomes for them, their families, and their communities —...

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The evolution of Davie County’s elementary schools

With the help of the Mebane Foundation, Davie County has embarked on a mission to improve reading in its elementary...

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Three ideas for addressing key charter schools problems

Charter schools have taken a bad rap over the past decade; rightfully so. Nationally, charters are consistently in the news...

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Education leaders make their cases to education committee

State Board of Education Chair Eric Davis and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson made the cases for some...

Deputy State Superintendent Eric Hall to become chancellor at Florida Department of Education

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that Eric Hall will...

The Knight Media Forum and other takeaways from philanthropists

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House education committee passes school safety measures

A bill with recommendations from the House Select Committee on School Safety — including threat assessment teams for each school...

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Stronger kids and families make a stronger NC

We need to strengthen families to build a strong community. It all starts with smart infant and toddler programs and...

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DavieLEADS gives Cooleemee Elementary a boost

Davie County Public Schools got some good news last year. After the 2017-18 End-of-Grade test results were announced, the county...

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Make and take: DavieLEADS supporting early literacy teachers in Davie County

For two hours on a Monday afternoon, the Central Davie gym resembled a workshop. Seated at long tables, teachers were...

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Art show celebrates McDowell Tech’s student talent

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Seaman wants to be an Air Force photojournalist.  “I’d get to use my creativity, but also serve my...

Awake58: We want to know more about enrollment

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  We want...

The Governor’s State of the State and more

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Inside Camp Bluebird: One mother’s mission to support children with autism

Erin O’Loughlin watched her son, Marcus, who was diagnosed with severe autism at age 3, as he played and giggled...

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The Mebane Foundation leads Davie County schools into the future

As part of our series on early-grade literacy, we are focusing on what Davie County is doing to improve kindergarten...

Question of the Week – February 25

The Supreme Court’s 2012 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act changed Medicaid expansion from a requirement of the law to...

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Education Matters – Inequity in school funding

Topic: Inequity in School Funding A study released this week by the Public School Forum of NC shows a growing...

Politics, policy, and the media landscape

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Literacy summit brings universities and districts together to delve into teaching kids to read

As policymakers push for higher third-grade reading proficiency and programs like Read to Achieve struggle to make a difference, colleges...

The People’s Session 2019: What are your education priorities?

The People’s Session ended on March 10, 2019.  To view a report with the full results of the People’s Session,...

Education issues face our legislature and others

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Education events demonstrate classic North Carolina

Three events on three consecutive days offered a classic display of traditional North Carolina ways and means in public affairs....

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NC STEM Center e-update: Family Code Nights, Summer STEM Jobs, SSEP and Landfills

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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‘Building N.C.’s Future’ passes Senate, heads to House

Wednesday marked another busy day for education matters at the General Assembly, with school infrastructure, residency determination for community colleges,...

Lots of new reports out from new pathways to college to rural students and schools to 529s

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Guilford Technical Community College serves as ‘ground zero’ for aviation training in North Carolina

Nestled a few miles from downtown Greensboro, a visitor may be surprised to stumble upon the global headquarters of Honda...

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NC Community College Archives Association: Preserving the past, framing the future

The birth of the North Carolina Community College System is often cited as May 17, 1963, when the Omnibus Higher...

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RWJF President Richard Besser speaks on building a culture of equity

Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), joined leaders of Duke University’s Sanford School...

Demand for Opportunity Scholarships shows strength of program heading into sixth year

The following is a press release from Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina Applications for North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship...

Haywood Community College to offer tuition free guarantee to 2019 Haywood County High School grads

The following is a press release from Haywood Community College As the only institution of higher learning in Haywood County,...

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myFutureNC releases attainment goal for North Carolina

On Wednesday the myFutureNC Commission announced its postsecondary attainment goal for North Carolina. By 2030, the commission said, the goal is...

Today, an attainment goal for North Carolina

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The positive force of ‘bridge builders’ across North Carolina

Editor’s Note: Ahead of the event last night, Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2018 NC Teacher of the Year Freebird McKinney provided...

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces #NC2030 plan, legislative agenda

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced at his Innovation and Leadership Dinner last night his plan to make the state’s public...

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Shared prosperity in Durham requires each of us to commit to our public schools now

In their top 10 education issues facing NC in 2019, the NC Public School Forum named “Renewing North Carolina’s Commitment...

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State politicians spar over construction bills as Senate proposal moves closer to hearing

Jones Street was home to a flurry of activity concerning school infrastructure spending on Tuesday, with the Senate getting closer...

Awake58: From community college student to president

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  From community...

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Rep. Corbin pulls HB8 to redraft and include more than just Tri-County Community College

In a rather quick move amid avid input from House Education Committee members on Tuesday, Rep. Kevin Corbin, R-Cherokee, pulled...

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Gap between rich and poor counties continues to grow

A study by the Public School Forum of North Carolina found that the gap in local per-pupil spending between the...

From school leaders to attainment, this is a big week for education in NC

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myFutureNC blog series: Reflecting on the first year, looking ahead to the next

Over the last 15 months, the myFutureNC Commission has facilitated conversations on the critical role postsecondary attainment plays in ensuring that North...

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Students are turning to Alamance Community College to avoid debt and enter the workforce faster

Libby Belvin graduated from Southern Alamance High School and set out with excitement into her future. She left home for...

Question of the Week – February 18

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly removed graduate degree pay bonuses for new educators. Some research has suggested those advanced...

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Representatives, local officials tour Mt. Pleasant Elementary and discuss House school bond proposal

North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, R-Wilkes, toured Mt. Pleasant Elementary in Ferguson...

Federal meals programs and poverty

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What to expect in North Carolina education this week

This coming week is going to be packed for North Carolina education, so I’m dedicating my column this morning to...

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Education Matters – Exploring rural-urban North Carolina

Topic: Exploring Rural-Urban North Carolina According to the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State, people in North Carolina are...

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‘Just feed the kids.’ — No Kid Hungry NC highlights importance of school meals

“Think about a kid’s day,” said Tabari Wallace, the 2018 NC Principal of the Year. Describing a typical day for...

The lasting impact of the Parkland school shootings

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Community college board approves smoother transfers for fine arts students

The State Board of Community Colleges approved agreements on Thursday with the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) focused...

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Rowan-Salisbury school renewal plans on their way

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board met Monday and continued work to identify what Renewal means for its students.  School Board Attorney...

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From student to president: Meet Forsyth Tech’s Janet Spriggs

Dr. Janet Spriggs was named president of Forsyth Technical Community College on Oct. 19, 2018. Spriggs was serving as the...

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Wake County leading the way in educational equity

As part of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research’s statewide study of equity, I met with the Office of...

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Traditional school day and calendar out of sync with the times

Several local school districts have asked the General Assembly to free them from the rigid start-date and end-date of the...

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PEPSC revisits plan to ease requirements for out-of-state teachers

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) recommended additional safeguards to send to the State Board of Education on a...

Regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year named

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as regional...

Sen. Nickel co-sponsors bill to restore master’s pay for teachers

The following is a press release from Sen. Wiley Nickel In the NC Senate a bipartisan group of Senators are...

N.C. consensus revenue forecast is $150M surplus, solid employment and wage growth

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore A $150 million revenue surplus and “solid employment as...

Survey data released on challenges faced by community college students

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Appreciation Week for the smiling faces that greet school children

While attending a bus driver appreciation event at Salem Elementary School yesterday, Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Mark Johnson expressed...

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The rise of ‘career pathways’ and what that means for our students and our state

Last week, Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Mark Johnson and Community College System President Peter Hans visited North Wake College...

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Mebane Foundation giving the gift of reading through HillRAP

It’s 3:15 in the afternoon. While most of their friends are finished with school for the day, four third-grade girls...

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Hunt Institute and Data Quality Campaign shed light on student growth complexities

In the realm of assessing student performance, two main education data measures are often discussed: student growth and student achievement....

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Senate school construction plan clears first hurdle

A Senate plan to fund school construction and repair cleared the chamber’s appropriations committee meeting today, but only after some...

NC students, teachers, lawmakers in national news outlets

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Out-of-state teachers to get an easier time in NC?

The State Board of Education was slated to vote last week on recommendations that would make it easier for out-of-state...

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Broad collaboration on action plan to improve third-grade reading and child and family well-being

The North Carolina General Assembly has just kicked off a new legislative session, and third-grade reading outcomes are likely to...

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Forums will reconnect North Carolina

I was born in Charlotte. But I grew up in rural Mecklenburg County. There used to be such a place...

Awake58: Does enrollment keep you up at night?

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Does enrollment...

Ed policy issues taking center stage as legislature begins long session

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EdExplainer: Education data systems in North Carolina

Data about North Carolina’s students, teachers, classrooms, schools, and districts are woven into almost every discussion and debate about education...

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myFutureNC blog series: Setting and reaching a postsecondary attainment goal – The role of the legislature

Representative John Fraley (House District 95, Iredell County) has served in the North Carolina General Assembly since 2015 and currently...

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Is vaping safer? Not for your lungs, says UNC researcher

On Friday, I visited the Marsico Lung Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill to speak with Associate Professor Robert Tarran about his...

IEI’s ReConnectNC forum on rural and urban connections is today!

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Odds and ends from the State Board and elsewhere

There was a lot of education talk last week and not a lot of action. Discussions were had, issues analyzed,...

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Education Matters – Newsmaker conversations

Topic: Newsmaker Conversations The State Treasurer of North Carolina has broad responsibilities over the finances of the state that have...

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Incoming president Scott Ralls tours Wake Tech ahead of taking reins in April

Scott Ralls visited Wake Technical Community College for the first time since being named its next president and was immediately...

School Bus Driver Appreciation Week is Feb. 11-15

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools North Carolina school bus drivers will get extra attention next...

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces leadership additions

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced several...

How to get more women in STEM

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Region 4 Tobacco-Free Alliance meeting confronts youth e-cig use in 11 counties

“He wasn’t just angry or irritable, he was explosive,” said Kelly Kinard of her 15-year-old son, Luka. “Overnight, he turned...

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Searching for common ground amid tension over charters

North Carolina is among 44 states with charter school laws, one of the most significant developments in K-12 schooling in...

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ReCONNECTING with faith communities

Kylie Foley has been with the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) since 2016, working with faith leaders and rural North Carolina...

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‘It’s never too late to go back.’ — Lenoir Community College student reflects on journey

A moment of self-reflection at a low point in her life years ago was the motivation Lenoir Community College student...

Special committee on School Shootings presents recommendations to Governor Roy Cooper

The following press release is from the office of Governor Roy Cooper To strengthen school safety and help prevent school...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Trends in STEM, SSEP grants, Scholarships and February events

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

CCC&TI, Appalachian State University announce Aspire Appalachian Co-Admission Program Agreement

The following is a press release from Caldwell Community College Leadership from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) and...

Performance assessments, English language learners, and more…

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How Stanly Community College uses technology to give students real-life workforce training

If you’ve ever driven past an excavator digging a trench on the side of the street and thought ‘I bet...

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4-H summer camps open doors for youth

Twenty-year-old Taqqee Richardson wasn’t always the best camper when he started attending Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp at 8 years old....

Gov. Cooper announces first teachers to receive Governor’s Educator Discovery Award

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper Today, Governor Roy Cooper and the North...

State Board of Education meets today

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Coker-Wimberly: Setting kindergarteners up for success starts day one

When children come to the first day of kindergarten, they come with a variety of needs, personalities, abilities, and backgrounds....

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Brunswick Community College: ‘Making ideas happen’

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” This quote from Scott Belsky is found painted on the wall...

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Building a craving for education in all students

The importance of student/teacher relationships cannot be overstated. From expectations to classroom management strategy, the ways teachers interact with their...

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An opening salvo in calendar flexibility

A pair of local House bills became the opening salvo in the war over calendar flexibility for school districts in...

Awake58: Who makes decisions in North Carolina?

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Who makes...

House education committees meet for the first time

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Superintendent Johnson and Community College President Hans announce Career Pathways Month

Hailey Driscoll, a junior at North Wake College and Career Academy, has been interested in culinary arts since she was...

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Engineering and Math: A STEM Fest in the Park

One hundred and eighty students bustled through Frontier’s 800 building in RTP last Friday for the Engineering and Math Fest...

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From Spartan to Tar Heel: Javonte Williams’ path to success

Playing football for the University of North Carolina has been a dream come true for Javonte Williams, the former running...

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Bailey Elementary: Inside the process of teaching kids to read

Children in Dale Murray’s kindergarten class at Bailey Elementary in Nash County held their thumbs in front of their mouths...

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A conversation with President Randy Parker of GTCC

“I’ve been doing this business for 40 years,” said Guilford Tech Community College President Randy Parker when I interviewed him...

Question of the Week – February 4

With the Institute for Emerging Issues’ ReCONNECT Rural and Urban Forum coming up next week, we want to know your...

NC Regional Teachers of the Year named

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools Nine teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as...

Board of Trustees release names of candidates for President at James Sprunt

The following is a press release from James Sprunt Community College James Sprunt Community College’s Board of Trustees has narrowed...

AttendaNCe Counts! What matters most for regular school attendance?

This survey is now closed. Thank you for your responses. We all want our children to succeed in school, and...

Career pathways announcement today

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I ran the Krispy Kreme Challenge with Superintendent Mark Johnson

So, I ran the Krispy Kreme Challenge with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson this weekend. This all started...

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Halifax principal works to shift behavior, community relationships

In Benjamin Eustice’s first three weeks at Scotland Neck Elementary School in Halifax last spring, he estimated he was involved...

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Education Matters – Diversity in teaching

Topic: Diversity in Teaching North Carolina’s public schools are becoming increasingly diverse with students of color now making up more...

Performance pay, school finance reform, and training for a future workplace

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Who’s making state-level education decisions?

The governance and policymaking of education in North Carolina is comprised of many bodies and decision-makers. Who exactly is in...

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What a Fed caution means for North Carolina education

When the Federal Reserve speaks, however inscrutably, investors listen. School teachers, not so much. And yet, the Fed sent a...