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Students lend voice to state education policy discussions

With a Tomberlin at the podium during a meeting of the State Board of Education, it is unusual for silence...

 

This school district’s three early colleges meet local needs and share community bond

Community colleges began in the basements of high schools, Amanda Rhea says as she’s navigating traffic en route to one...

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Can science knock down barriers to reading proficiency and rescue Read to Achieve?

Beth Rivera felt like a rock star. She was interviewing for a teaching position in Union County Public Schools, where...

 

How Charlotte is growing its own engineers and teachers

If he really wanted, William Leach’s son probably could have gotten into one of Charlotte’s early college high schools. Leaders...

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7 takeaways in education news this week: Istation, learning disability policy, and State Board

The Department of Public Instruction and Istation, maker of a K-3 reading assessment software, filed a joint motion Monday asking...

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Educator prep data show a continued decline

The State Board of Education’s monthly meeting began with a reminder of the challenges facing teacher recruitment and development. Thomas...

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College students of North Carolina battle the storms of poverty

Ken Outlaw’s goal was to graduate community college with a 4.0 grade point average. He wanted to make up for...

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Running towards the risk of doing school differently, leading school turnaround

When Donnell Cannon stepped in front of the State Board of Education during its November meeting, he was addressing an...

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Full bellies, hungrier minds: School breakfast innovations in North Carolina

Tristan Chavez remembers going to first period hungry. Chavez is a nationally ranked soccer player who practiced first thing in...

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Students didn’t just build their futures at this early college. They helped build the school.

In a school designed to teach students to take ownership over their future, the first graduating class at Montgomery County...

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School psychologists do a lot for students. Why do we have a shortage of them?

Just two weeks ago, after school psychologist Leigh Kokenes delivered a training on the signs of suicide, a student came...

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State Board gets master class in school turnaround

The State Board of Education talked in planning sessions all week about strategies for turning around low-performing schools. On Thursday...