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ACT says college exam scores are stagnant

| August 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press, published on, August 26, 2015. U.S. high schools haven’t shown much improvement in the past four years when it comes to preparing college-ready graduates, according to the Iowa-based nonprofit group that administers the ACT college entrance exam. The group says only about 40 percent of graduating high school students […]

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Atkinson: Halifax School Board ‘dysfunctional’

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Julia Sims, WRAL, August 11, 2015. The State Board of Education had no choice but to take over financial management of Halifax County Schools, state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said Tuesday, calling the local school board “dysfunctional.” State Board Chairman Bill Cobey sent a letter Monday to the Halifax County Board of […]

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Plan for charter takeover of worst public schools crafted in secret

| August 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

BY ANN DOSS HELMS, The Charlotte Observer, August 8, 2015. N.C. Rep. Rob Bryan, a Mecklenburg Republican with a leadership role in education, has been working for weeks on a bill he hopes will eventually transform public schools. It would start small, with a pilot Achievement District plan that would force five of North Carolina’s […]

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Value of public schools: The great divide in North Carolina GOP?

| July 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer, July 30, 2015. About two years ago, the Republican-dominated southern suburbs of Mecklenburg County elected Paul Bailey to represent them on the school board. He was endorsed by a roster of GOP officials that included three state legislators. That made Bailey’s comments on the Republican-dominated General Assembly this week all the […]

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Sorting out the impact of proposed teacher aide cuts

| July 28, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Tyler Dukes, WRAL, July 27, 2015. Among the many points of contention between the state House’s and Senate’s competing budget proposals is a Senate plan that would cut millions from what the state doles out to school systems for teacher assistants. Although the House version funds teacher assistants at the same rate as 2014-15, […]

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N.C. Supreme Court says school vouchers are constitutional

| July 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker, WRAL, July 23, 2015. The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Thursday that the state’s voucher program that gives taxpayer support for low-income students to attend private schools is constitutional. “Our review is limited to a determination of whether plaintiffs have demonstrated that the program legislation plainly and clearly violates our constitution,” […]

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Senate bill proposes ending DPI control of charter schools

| July 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch, July 23, 2015. Administration and oversight for public charter schools has been handled by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for years — but Senator Jerry Tillman, a longtime supporter of charter schools, wants to change that. “DPI was never in love…with charter schools,” Sen. Tillman (R-Randolph) said […]

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Tough negotiations expected over teacher assistant funding

| July 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Gary Robertson, Associated Press, published by, July 7, 2015 Funds earmarked for school districts to hire teacher assistants are once again a sharp negotiation point between Senate and House leaders trying to hammer out a two-year state government budget. The conflict again adds worry to thousands of assistants whose jobs could be jeopardized […]

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Does driver’s ed work? Who should pay?

| July 7, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Mike Barrett, Asheville Citizen-Times, July 6, 2015. Teenagers are caught up in a legislative dispute over who should provide driver’s education classes, who should pay for them and whether the classes are worth the trouble in the first place. North Carolina students who find themselves bored in their driver’s education class have company — […]

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UNC put on 12 month probation

| June 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Arielle Clay, WRAL, June 11, 2015. The organization that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill put the school on 12-month probation Thursday. The university does not lose accreditation, according to Chancellor Carol Folt, but it has 12 months to demonstrate that recent academic reforms are working. University officials asked the Southern […]

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