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State board votes to close Durham charter school after diploma problems

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

by, March 2, 2017 The State Board of Education voted Thursday to close Durham’s Kestrel Heights charter high school after problems over an eight-year period in which students were given diplomas despite not completing required classes. Many students left campus wondering what comes next. Junior Quynh Ngein says she had to leave to class […]

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Classes cancelled at Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools due to ‘women’s strike’

| March 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Ken Smith, WRAL, March 2, 2017 Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools have announced that classes will be canceled for students on March 8 because of an expected high rate of teacher absences due to a planned national demonstration. The strike, dubbed “A Day Without a Woman” by organizers, coincides with International Women’s Day. According to the Women’s […]

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Board of Education to challenge law shifting power to Superintendent

| December 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, December 2 8, 2016. The State Board of Education said Wednesday that it will challenge a law passed two weeks ago that shifts some power from the board to the state superintendent of public instruction. The board met behind closed doors for about a half-hour to discuss its legal options before […]

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State Board sets 5 pm Monday deadline for Durham recount

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, December 2, 2016. The State Board of Elections has set a deadline of 7 p.m. Monday for a machine recount of more than 90,000 disputed ballots that were not tabulated by voting machines on election night. The state board issued its order late Thursday after meeting much of the day with Durham election officials. […]

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Judge Howard Manning steps away from Leandro

| October 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Melissa Broughton, NC Policy Watch, October 20, 2016. Judge Howard Manning will no longer oversee Leandro v. State, the landmark education lawsuit that he has presided over for nearly 20 years. Manning made a request to be removed from the case, and Chief Justice Mark Martin reassigned it on Oct. 7 to Emergency Superior Court […]

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NC’s graduation rate, school grades improve

| September 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Kelly Hinchcliffe,, September 1, 2016. North Carolina released its latest public school performance data Thursday, showing the state’s graduation rate and school grades improved last year. image:×90.jpg Find your school: 2015-16 school performance grades The state’s graduation rate increased slightly, from 85.6 percent in 2014-15 to 85.8 percent last school year. This marks is […]

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Bill allows students to choose math curricula

| June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Bob Luebke, Civitas Institute, June 8, 2016. A bill that allows students to choose between the current or traditional math curricula passed the Senate Education Committee today.  Senator Jerry Tillman (R- Moore) and Senator Chad Barefoot (R-Wake) the proposals main advocates said the plan is an attempt to forge a compromise between those opposed to last […]

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Sponsor says he will pull HBCUs controversial tuition provision

| June 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Mark Binker and Cullen Browder, WRAL, June 2, 2016. Faced with backlash from students and alumni of historically black colleges and universities, Sen.Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, said Wednesday he would pull three HBCUs out of a controversial tuition experiment when the state Senate debates its proposed budget on Thursday. Apodaca is the primary author of […]

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NC Teacher survey: Principals are the key to job satisfaction

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Kelly Hinchcliffe, WRAL, June 1, 2016. North Carolina public schools released the results of its latest Teacher Working Conditions Survey on Wednesday.  The survey is given every two years and asks teachers, principals and other school staff to share their thoughts on various topics, including school leadership, student conduct and facilities and resources.  Nearly 102,000 North […]

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House approves limited charter takeover of public schools

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, June 2, 2016. The state would call on charter school operators to take over low-performing schools under a bill that cleared the state House on a 60-49 vote Thursday. House Bill 1080 creates an “achievement school district,” which would identify five of the state’s lowest-performing elementary schools. Those schools would be run […]

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