Writer. Tar Heel born & bred. Wannabe poet. Purveyor of pop culture. Over-sharer.

Liz Bell is a reporter for EducationNC. She grew up in Hickory and went to Fred T. Foard High School. Liz is a graduate from the School of Media and Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She has previously written for The Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper, and The News and Observer. In her free time, she likes to travel and watch too many movies.

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Going back to school as a parent is tough. The cost of child care makes it tougher.

Trakeia Lynch, a Nash Community College student and parent of two, says juggling her nursing program studies with child care...

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Reading instruction needs to improve. Who will lead the charge, and how?

North Carolina is on a growing list of states that are studying Mississippi’s rising reading scores and discussing how to...

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With home visits, Charlotte effort boosts school readiness in a familiar setting

Natasha Curry didn’t know her 3-year-old son knew what a stop sign was. “He can barely see over his car...

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Behind one Leandro proposal: Making more children with special needs eligible for early services

Since 2014 budget cuts left the North Carolina Infant-Toddler program with 160 fewer employees, the reduced workforce is connecting more...

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K-3 teachers will use Istation for next two months under new contract

As a legal dispute continues on which tool the state’s public schools will use to assess their youngest readers, a...

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State leaders ask: How can North Carolina better teach kids to read?

Education leaders and reading experts are asking how to shift reading instruction and proficiency in North Carolina as student results...

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DPI defends Istation pick in final day of hearing

In the last day of a hearing on which assessment tool the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will use to...

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Amplify makes its case in hearing on what K-3 reading assessment tool students will use

In the ongoing hearing on which tool North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will use to measure K-3 student...

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Hearing begins on DPI’s choice of Istation to assess young readers

The long-awaited hearing on the Department of Public Instruction’s choice of an assessment tool vendor to test K-3 student reading...

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Gov. Cooper announces $56 million in federal early childhood grants

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that $56 million in federal grant funds over seven years will go to early educator...

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Superintendent’s Istation purchase questioned at State Board meeting

State Board of Education members questioned Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson’s decision to sign a $928,000 contract purchasing a...

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Johnson signs new contract with Istation while stays remain on old one

Update on Monday, Jan. 27: The Department of Public Instruction entered into a contract with Istation to test K-3 readers...