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Governor:Bev Perdue
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:June Atkinson
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,490,605
Number of school districts:216
Number of public schools:2,567
Number of public school teachers:98,357
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,225
Percent minority students:46.8%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:50.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:12.4%
Percent of English-language learners:6.9%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:45.2%
8th grade math:36.3%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:35.2%
8th grade reading:32.6%

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Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career, with data showing that enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have been declining.
October 21, 2014 - Education Week
Collinswood Language Academy's experiences with two-way language learning illustrate why North Carolina state education officials are sold on the idea.
October 14, 2014 - Education Week
The new budget gives teachers an average increase of 7 percent in the coming year, but radically revamps the existing salary schedule in a way some veterans don’t like.
August 13, 2014 - Education Week
In return for abolishing tenure, lawmakers are making districts offer raises to a quarter of their teachers, a quota administrators' and teachers' associations are protesting.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
The new computer system for keeping track of student information has run into so many problems that the accuracy of transcripts and other records remains uncertain.
March 4, 2014 - Education Week
The number of charters may soon double in North Carolina, thanks to new laws lifting the state's charter cap and easing other restrictions on the schools.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week

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