A bill that could have dramatically decreased the number of standardized tests North Carolina students take faltered in the Senate. Senate Bill 621 already made its way through the Senate once but was changed in the House and came back before the Senate to see if state Senators agreed with the changes. The Senate voted unanimously to reject the House changes to the bill.
North Carolina has 133 Cooperative Innovative High Schools, 90 of which have early college in their name. Early college high schools allow students to earn college credits while working towards graduation and are paired with institutions of higher education in the area, most often community colleges. Early colleges are designed to serve students who are at risk of dropping out of school, first-generation college students, and students who can use the extra attention and accelerated atmosphere provided by the schools. Ninety-seven of the state’s 115 school districts have a Cooperative Innovative High School.
Created by the General Assembly in 2016 and envisioned as a partnership between local school districts and the UNC system, lab schools are designed to identify strategies to improve performance at struggling schools while creating opportunities to better prepare prospective teachers. There are 5 lab schools in operation, with 4 more opening in the coming year. UNC system institutions operate the traditional public schools with charter-like flexibility. Do you think this is a model North Carolina should continue? Weigh in on our question of the week.
As schools let out for the summer, the topic of child care is on our mind. Is access to quality, affordable child care an issue in your community? Would you support or oppose efforts by the General Assembly to expand access to child care and early learning? Weigh in on our question of the week.
The College Board recently announced that it will offer an "adversity index" designed to place students' SAT scores in the context of their socioeconomic advantages or disadvantages. The score includes 31 pieces of information meant to measure disadvantage across two categories: the student’s neighborhood and the student’s school. For more on these scores, click here.
On Sunday, the 396 graduates of Morehouse College, an HBCU in Atlanta, got exciting news: Their commencement speaker, Robert F. Smith, told the crowd he would pay off their student loans. What are your thoughts on student loans and student loan forgiveness? Share your thoughts with us here.
For some North Carolinians, especially those in rural communities, access to high-speed internet can be difficult or nearly impossible. The N.C. Department of IT has a broadband infrastructure office dedicated to tackling issues around high-speed internet, and bills aimed to address the issue are once again in front of the legislature.
In-state tuition for one year of community college, on average, is about $2,400 in North Carolina, while out-of-state tuition is $8,500 — a remarkable and sometimes game-changing benefit to residents. At UNC-Chapel Hill, a semester of in-state tuition costs $9,018, while the same semester costs $36,000 for out-of-state students.