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Gov. Cooper talks professionalizing teaching

Gov. Roy Cooper encouraged a room of administrators Friday to be bold in their advocacy for public education as he...

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Schools at the center of response to multi-ethnic society

American teenagers who enter high school this fall will graduate in 2023 — the first year, the National Center for...

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B-3 Interagency Council hones priorities: Transitions, data, NC Pre-K funding

A council tasked with rethinking the education system for children from birth to third grade is boiling down its priorities...

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North Carolina students bring music to the old capitol

March is “Music In Our Schools” month, a time when advocates celebrate the programs in schools throughout our state that...

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Now and in the future

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Local news and the work we do

 

Video: How many NC students don’t finish college?

Throughout this series covering North Carolina’s education pipeline, we’ve looked at why too few of our citizens have a college...

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Passion projects: Engaging students in their own learning

One of the greatest challenges for classroom teachers is providing organic opportunities for student agency. When agency is provided, it...

 

Stories from the Education Pipeline: Tyshon Hinton on starting his career without a degree

Tyshon Hinton, now 22 and living in Garner, remembers deciding school was not for him in his early elementary years....

 

Inside North Carolina’s leaky pipeline: How many students stay in college?

Access to and enrollment in a postsecondary program is the first step toward postsecondary attainment. Following enrollment, students must continue...

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A look at redistricting in North Carolina

2020 is right around the corner, and it will undoubtedly be a critical year for North Carolina politics for a...

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House votes to change school performance grades

The full House voted in favor of a slew of education bills today, including two that would change the state’s...

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Knight Foundation in town today

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House leaders push forward a number of education bills

In the last few days, the House has filed or considered a host of bills impacting K-12 education, including measures...

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What things look like on the ground at NC’s first school in the ISD

This isn’t Rosa Thompson’s first year teaching at Southside-Ashpole Elementary in Robeson County. But it’s her first time teaching there...

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Retaining beginning teachers in the profession through effective mentoring

According to the most recent State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina report published in February, the teacher attrition rate...

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Artificial ‘brain’ intelligence to digitally transform NC Community College System

Jim Parker left his previous position with the NC Department of Information Technology to join the North Carolina Community College...

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Let’s talk about the future of local news

North Carolina has seen an ever-increasing number of news deserts across our state over the past few decades.  Many counties...

 

Gaston College’s President Dr. Patricia Skinner announces plans to retire in 2020

The following is a press release from Gaston College Gaston College President Dr. Patricia Skinner has announced her plans to...

 

Awake58: Summer Melt

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Summer Melt...

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DeVos testifying this week, NC teacher rally planned for May 1

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Global education and competency in the classroom

What is global education and why does it matter?  Our world continues to become more interconnected. Through advances in technology,...

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The People’s Session 2019: Initial results

In February 2019, Reach NC Voices invited North Carolinians to participate in an online project called the People’s Session. The goal...

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Not all bills are created equal

The General Assembly can be a confusing place — and not just because it’s built like a labyrinth and takes several...

 

Question of the Week – March 25

With March Madness in full swing, we have college athletics on our mind. Do you think scholarships are sufficient compensation...

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Education Matters- Newsmakers

Topic: Newsmakers This week on Education Matters we welcome two educators who are making news. First up is Leigh Kokenes....

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Building a just food system for all: Notes from RAFI’s Come to the Table conference

“What does it mean to create a system that is good and just for…every human being?” Kristen Richardson-Frick of The...

 

School Safety House Committee reauthorized by Speaker Tim Moore

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) reauthorized the House...

 

CFCC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program ranked 23 out of 185 in Get Ahead Training Programs

The following is a press release from Cape Fear Community College Cape Fear Community College’s Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology...

 

New host school for Governor’s School West

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools The North Carolina State Board of Education, North Carolina...

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EducationNC takes home awards, and more

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EdNC wins NC Press Association awards

Last night, EducationNC was honored with four awards at the N.C. Press Association’s annual editorial awards banquet. Liz Bell, Analisa Sorrells,...

 

UNC Charlotte’s quest to build better teachers

Haley Gibbs knew she found what she wanted to do in her life after spending a day at a middle...

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Graduate degrees and teacher pay: What we know and questions still to answer

Six years ago the General Assembly eliminated salary increases for teachers earning a graduate degree. Now, graduate degree pay is...

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NC students: Submit your work in honor of a teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week

Hey students! Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10) is fast-approaching. In honor of a fantastic teacher in your life, please submit a piece of...

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Even a ‘DOA’ education budget tells an indicative tale

Even as he stirs up the political atmosphere with his Twitter turbulence, President Trump has found a way to forge...

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NC STEM Center e-update: Time to Spring into STEM in North Carolina

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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K-12 special education funding across America

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Senate Bill 247 sponsors talk about accountability and transparency for charters

Following his filing last week of a bill aimed at studying and, at least temporarily, capping the number of public...

 

Stories from the Education Pipeline: Dean Church talks going back to college over 30 years after high school

After serving in the Army and working over 20 years at a manufacturing company in Lenoir, Dean Church had a...

 

The biggest loss point in North Carolina’s education pipeline: On-time transition to college

On-time transition to college means that high school graduates enroll in a postsecondary institution in the fall of their graduating...

 

Developing a teacher pipeline: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ new teacher residency

“How do you know those are equivalent fractions?” fourth-grade math teacher Ashley Chapman asked a small group of students at...

 

Video: Summer melt, explained

Every year, a significant portion of high school graduates who were planning to enroll in college fail to do so....

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Finding the right fit: Tanner Boyd

Tanner Boyd was like most of his peers in his teens. He had a vague idea that he wanted to...

 

Middle School teachers get hands-on experience in STEM careers

The following is a press release from the office of Governor Roy Cooper On Monday, March 25, 2019, North Carolina...

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March madness and mobility

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Senator uses Charter School Advocacy Day to call attention to equity

Charter School Advocacy Day was planned as a convening of leaders, parents, teachers, and students to speak out against reinstating...

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Make space for learning: Current options to meet NC’s school facility needs fall short of sustainable solutions

It is no accident that we’re discussing how to pay for places of learning that can inspire the next generation...

 

On the front lines at Highland Elementary School

When Holly Wroblewski, principal of Highland Elementary School in Burlington, was a student teacher back in 1999, she got a...

 

General Assembly leaders announce agreement on state budget total

The following is a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger North Carolina Senate Leader...

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House education committee tackles school performance grades

The House K-12 committee tackled the ever-present issue of what to do with the state’s school performance grades today.  A...

 

Awake58: How the open doors stay open for your local college

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

 

Rep. Arp proposes no-debt school building plan

The following is a press release from Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union) North Carolina House Appropriations Chairman Dean Arp (R-Union) today...

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Advocacy, priorities, equity, absenteeism, and more

 

Charter school group hosts advocacy day at the legislature

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools Legislators, board members, administrators, teachers,...

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Educators, advocates turn out for community conversation on testing culture

What if your doctor ran tests during your visit, analyzed them, and then, rather than discussing how things are going...

 

Preparing North Carolina’s teachers

On an unusually warm Saturday just after New Year’s, more than 150 teachers from Charlotte-area schools packed into a classroom...

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This is my war cry.

My grandma always said that integration was the worst thing to happen to Black folk in schools. Coming from someone...

 

Wolfpack WORKS receives $12.26M grant from DPI to improve early literacy across NC

The following is a press release from the North Carolina State University College of Education The NC State College of...

 

UNC System launches Coalition for Early Learning and Literacy in teacher preparation

The following is a press release from the University of North Carolina System The University of North Carolina System announces...

 

Question of the Week – March 18

In June 2018, the Unviersity of Chicago dropped the SAT/ACT requirement for applicants. Inside Higher Ed wrote the following: “Hundreds...

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Heading into spring with education news, research, and more

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Education Whac-A-Mole

There was no shortage of education news last week, and it’s impossible at this point to get to it all....

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Rowan-Salisbury School Board gets pushback from Faith Elementary community

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board meeting last week was awash in red as over 100 members of the Faith Elementary School...

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Principals: Your best teaching candidates may already be in your building!

The data are clear: early career teachers are more effective when hired by the school where they student taught. Familiarity...

 

Dr. Jimmy (Jay) Carraway approved by State Board as next president of James Sprunt Community College

At the special called meeting of the James Sprunt Community College Trustees in February, the Board unanimously selected Dr. Jay...

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In classrooms and schools, in communities and states, leadership matters

 

Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award selection announced

The following is a press release from the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association The North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA)...

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UNC Presidents Graham, Chase left enduring imprints on North Carolina education

In the North Carolina of a century ago, illiteracy and ill-health ran rampant in a state of 2.5 million people....

 

Six months from Florence: State Superintendent Mark Johnson salutes local education heroes

The following is a press release from NC Public Schools March 14-16 marks the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Florence in...

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Happy Pi Day!

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383 disruptions and learning wasn’t one

The class experiment If you walked past room E08 at Currituck County High School a few weeks ago, you would...

 

Inside North Carolina’s leaky pipeline: College and career readiness

Meeting an established standard of college and career readiness is important for all high school students, regardless of postsecondary intentions....

 

Video: College and career readiness, explained

To succeed in North Carolina’s workforce, it’s important to attain a high school diploma or G.E.D. But merely having a...

 

Stories from the Education Pipeline: Kizzie Harrison on balancing education goals with life’s obstacles

Kizzie Harrison, Nash Community College student and mother of two, thought she would get back on track towards earning a...

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State Board again delays plan to streamline pathway for out-of-state teachers

The State Board of Education decided during a conference call today to again send back to a lower commission a...

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Community college system president makes case for legislative priorities

Community college system president Peter Hans told lawmakers this morning that for the good of North Carolina, he is asking...

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‘Uh-oh’ moments and more

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Male educators of color gather in Charlotte to discuss social and professional challenges

For Skip Brown, who has taught elementary school in Durham for over 20 years, his role as a black male...

 

From a changing student body to fewer state dollars: The challenges of funding North Carolina’s community colleges

This is Part Two of our series on how North Carolina funds community colleges. Part One explains the current funding...

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Charter schools: Educational competition that is here to stay

After EdNC published Douglas Price’s article, “Three ideas for addressing key charter schools problems,” many of my friends in the...

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Project SYNCERE draws Chicago’s underrepresented youth into engineering

“I didn’t know what an engineer was until I got to college,” said Jason Coleman, executive director and co-founder of...

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Calendar flexibility gets a win in House education committee

The House K-12 education committee gave favorable approval today to a pair of bills that affect calendar flexibility for North...

 

How North Carolina ranks among other states in average teacher pay

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of Educators For the first time in history, the...

 

Awake58: The stories and people behind the data

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  The stories...

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New federal budget, new organizations, new research

 

How the ‘open doors’ stay open: Funding North Carolina’s community colleges

“The only valid philosophy for North Carolina is the philosophy of total education; a belief in the incomparable worth of...

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Outsourcing teaching and the tenability of adjuncting for instructors and institutions

Last fall’s New York Times piece about teachers holding second jobs sparked a widespread conversation on social media among teachers...

 

Students and parents team up March 12 for Family Code Night

The following is a press release from North Carolina Public Schools Elementary school students and their parents will team up...

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Ed journalism matters

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Education Matters – One-on-one with State Superintendent Mark Johnson

Topic: One-on-one with State Superintendent Mark Johnson It’s been more than two years since Mark Johnson was elected State Superintendent...

 

EdNC Explains: How does the state fund community colleges?

Community colleges in North Carolina get most of their funding from the state’s taxpayers. But the amount each college receives...

 

Question of the Week – March 11

Currently, the redistricting of NC congressional & state legislative boundaries is controlled by the state legislature. In 2018, a federal...

 

NC teachers: What are your thoughts on education data?

EducationNC is working on project about education data in North Carolina, and we need your insight as a teacher. The...

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Corporal punishment, a charter closure, and more

 

How one college is facing the enrollment challenge

Dale McInnis had just become president of Richmond Community College when the recession hit in the spring of 2009. Jobs...

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In national report on inequitable school funding, North Carolina an exception

EdBuild, a nonprofit that studies public school funding, has released a new report with a made-for-headlines finding: Across the United...

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Superintendent Mark Johnson releases detailed budget ask

Weeks after he presented his broad goals for the long session of the General Assembly, Superintendent Mark Johnson released detailed...

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State Board holds off on making it easier for out-of-state teachers to work in NC

The State Board of Education postponed a proposal to streamline the process that lets out-of-state teachers work in North Carolina to...

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Presidential action on higher ed, average teacher salary in NC, and more

 

Enrollment challenges vary between urban and rural community colleges

The economy is good, and Pamlico County residents are enjoying higher levels of employment. As a byproduct, however, Pamlico Community...

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Better policy choices can address North Carolina’s rising youth suicide rate

North Carolina’s latest child health report card — released on Feb. 20 by NC Child and the North Carolina Institute of...

 

Stories from the Education Pipeline: First-generation college student Courtney Wolfe

Courtney Wolfe, a first-year student at Appalachian State University, always wanted to go to college, despite her parents’ lack of...

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Don’t backslide on teacher pay reform

In any human enterprise as complex, varied, and challenging as education, we shouldn’t expect a great deal of consensus, much...

 

Overview of North Carolina’s Public Postsecondary Pipeline

The most recent complete pipeline data are for the cohort of NC public school students who entered ninth grade in...

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To restore, or not to restore: The master’s pay debate in North Carolina

In 2013, North Carolina became the first state in the country to remove salary increases for educators with advanced degrees,...

 

Video: NC’s leaky education pipeline, explained

Most people in North Carolina don’t have any education beyond high school. That’s a big problem for the state’s workforce....

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NC STEM Center e-update: Students@Work, SSEP and Family Code Nights

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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Governor releases budget proposal

Gov. Roy Cooper released his 2019-21 budget proposal today, including an average 9.1 percent teacher pay increase, elimination of new...

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Court extends a nearly $730 million judgment against state

A Wake County Superior Court Judge extended a nearly $730 million judgment against the state today for failing to give...

 

Opportunity Culture dashboard updates data on nationwide initiative: High-growth student learning, strong teacher support, 56K students reached

The following is a press release from Public Impact. Public Impact, which created and leads the national Opportunity Culture initiative,...

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State Board of Education, school buildings, and teacher strikes

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School construction bond bill makes its way through the House

A bill from House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, to put a $1.9 billion school building bond before voters received favorable approval in...

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Gov. Cooper provides preview of his state budget proposal

Gov. Roy Cooper gave a sneak peak of his proposed budget to a group of middle school educators rather than...

 

Enrollment trends at community colleges

The demographic of who is being served by community colleges is changing Old jobs have been replaced with newer ones...

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Sources of Strength: A school and church working together for suicide prevention

“What keeps you up at night?” Sue Boggs, missions coordinator at Smith Grove United Methodist Church asked Jenny McPherson, lead...

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The importance of effective language services for Latinx children in North Carolina

North Carolina is full of diversity, with each community contributing invaluable resources and vitality to the state. The Latinx community...

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Digital Scholars Initiative pilot expands to teachers in Durham

Last Tuesday, students at Sandy Ridge Elementary School in Durham sorted through a list of products they could bring with...

 

CFCC Associate Degree Nursing Program ranked #1 in North Carolina

The following is a press release from Cape Fear Community College   The Cape Fear Community College Associate Degree Nursing...

 

Reminder: N.C. success story: Teacher pay continues to rise

The following is a press release from Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger   Beginning in 2014 when they provided...

 

Awake58: Talking Enrollment

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Click here to subscribe.  Talking Enrollment...

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Testing, class size, and more

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The best tool — sometimes: Using tech in elementary school

As soon as students enter my classroom for a small-group session, I know what question is coming: “Are we going...

 

EdExplainer: Community college enrollment

Walk through any number of community colleges in North Carolina and you will find a quote from Dr. Dallas Herring...

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Governor’s education commission discusses teacher retention, advanced teaching roles

After recruiting, training, and inducting a teacher, what does it take to keep them in the classroom? Answering that question...

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School safety omnibus, and more

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Education Matters – Documenting historically segregated black schools

Topic: Documenting Historically Segregated Black Schools The history of school desegregation includes many important stories of courageous African American families...

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When not getting it right goes horribly wrong

Education policy is complicated, which is unfortunate because my job is to communicate to people what’s happening in the education...

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Rowan-Salisbury schools continues to mull consolidation plans

The Rowan-Salisbury School Board met last week to continue deliberations on school consolidation. The system currently has 35 schools, with...

 

Community college enrollment challenges are a problem for communities and the state

Education has a long history of pushing Pitt County forward. In its early days, it was East Carolina University, newly...

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Little-remembered veto holds a teacher quality lesson

In the fall of 2005, a gubernatorial veto of a teacher-licensing bill stirred up a legislative and educational tempest. Then...

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A day at Piedmont Community College

“This is a big thing for us,” Patricia Holmes said, as she walked the campus at Piedmont Community College (PCC)....

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DavieLEADS strives to improve kindergarten readiness

Davie County is in its second year of the DavieLEADS grant program. That is a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Mebane...

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Did you see any Muslims there? A classroom conversation on identity

Last November, I headed to Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia to write a story about Michelle Ellis’s N.C. Wildlife...