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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House committee moves forward bill loosening class size restrictions

The House K-12 education committee gave an unanimously favorable report Tuesday to a bill that gives flexibility to local school districts...

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D.C. education advocates weigh in on education reform

On Tuesday, Best NC — a business-oriented education advocacy organization — hosted nationally-known education advocates Michelle Rhee and George Parker for a conversation...

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Parsing through new school arrests and crime data for North Carolina

In a data presentation from Education Week, released as part of its Policing America’s Schools series, North Carolina had the third highest percentage of...

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Superintendent to lawmakers: ‘Don’t be strangers’

This week’s State Board of Education meeting was only Republican Superintendent Mark Johnson’s second meeting since winning the election over Democrat...

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Franklin County offers bonuses to fill EC vacancies

When Julie White was still a student of education at Liberty University, she came across a kindergartner who was especially...

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Legislative session kicks off with Democratic lawmaker priorities

During the first official day of the 2017 legislative session, multiple education-related bills were filed, and House and Senate Democratic...

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South Greenville teacher uses rap in classroom, ends up on Ellen

Michael Bonner, a second-grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary School, got creative with his teaching and wound up on The Ellen...

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State Board’s power over charters amps up

A new policy, discussed by the Charter School Advisory Board last week, gives the State Board of Education authority to revoke...

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Anchors away on long session of the General Assembly

The House and Senate kicked off the beginning of the 2017-18 session of the General Assembly with the swearing in...

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Hot issues, hot politics

The General Assembly gears up for its long session today. In the coming weeks and months, lawmakers in the House...

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What will a new accountability system look like?

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has been working on a new framework for the state’s schools. The...

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A principal’s first year of leading and serving

On Donnell Cannon’s “walkie-talkie,” which he uses — as does any principal — almost constantly, there’s a sticker that reads...