Friday, January 24, 2020

Welcome to “Need to know.” Each morning, we will be posting what you need to know if you’ve only have a few minutes but don’t want to miss anything in the world of education news, policy, and politics.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed today, January 24 as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

The State Board of Education will meet Friday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. via conference call from the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. After convening in open session, the board will meet in closed session and immediately adjourn following closed session. The meeting agenda is available online.

Heads up! January 26-February 1 is National School Choice Week. “NSCW recognizes all K-12 options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling.”

Education Week is holding a free, online event on “Getting Reading Right” on January 28 from 1-3pm.  Here is more information.

The Public School Forum of NC is looking for an executive director. Apply today and spread the word! 

From our colleagues at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund: The Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) is now accepting proposals. SSEP awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years for the creation and implementation of after-school, weekend, or summer STEM programs. The program is open to any North Carolina nonprofit, but we strongly encourage partnerships and collaboration among organizations targeting underserved and underrepresented communities. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2020.  To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit

The N.C. General Assembly will convene on April 28, 2020 at noon.


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