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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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State Board task force takes on school performance grades

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This North Carolina teacher prep program is labeled a national model. Here’s why.

Hank Weddington gets a lot of calls from principals in the area surrounding Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he is dean of...

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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...