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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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...

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Istation dispute left unresolved by superior court decision, full hearing next week

North Carolina’s K-3 students are without a reading diagnostic tool after a judge decided Tuesday to leave the legal battle...

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North Carolina rethinks how to train teachers on reading instruction

A group of education leaders and experts met for the first time Friday to decide how to better prepare teachers...

 

How a Pitt County early college cultivates success despite disadvantage

In most schools across the state, poverty is highly correlated with academic performance. But Pitt County Early College High School,...

 

The little early college that could: How MaST has survived its tumultuous first year

For all the positive research and outcomes that early colleges throughout the state have seen in the last decade, challenges...

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New twist in the Istation saga: DPI asks superior court to overrule stay

Updated on Tuesday, December 17, at 1:04 P.M. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and lawyers for the Department of...

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Early childhood wrap: Leandro proposals and racial differences in infant deaths

Policymakers concerned about the critical beginning years of children’s lives have been busy over the past two weeks exploring crucial...

 

Here’s how the Principal of the Year leads his early college in Edgecombe County

Matt Bristow-Smith, the principal at Edgecombe Early College High School and North Carolina Principal of the Year for 2019, knows...