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.
Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, surrounded by fellow Republican Senate and House members and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson, announced a Senate bill that would bypass districts to provide classroom supply funds directly to teachers for their classrooms.
The school performance grade formula has been a subject of steady debate in the General Assembly, with some lawmakers advocating for academic growth playing a bigger part in the grades because they say it is a more effective indicator of how well teachers are doing their jobs. Proponents of keeping academic performance front and center say it measures whether students are where the state wants them to be education-wise, so it’s important to keep the emphasis on it.