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News, analysis, and opinion about K-12 education in North Carolina
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Budget & Finance How to Build Voter Support for School Bonds: 5 Tips
A ‘steady drumbeat of communication’ with lots of detailed information go a long way, district leaders say.
Caitlynn Peetz, May 9, 2024
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Budget & Finance Passing School Bonds Is Hard. Advice From 3 Superintendents Who Did It
‘Educating instead of campaigning’ in an era when district leaders are under a political microscope.
Caitlynn Peetz, April 29, 2024
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North Carolina Wesleyan University professor Patricia Brewer gives education major Makaela Stokes a hug after a tutoring session at the school in Rocky Mount, N.C., on March 18, 2024.
North Carolina Wesleyan University professor Patricia Brewer gives education major Makaela Stokes a hug after a tutoring session at the school in Rocky Mount, N.C., on March 18, 2024. For the past nine years, Brewer has hosted an after-school program for local families of students with disabilities where students receive tutoring from special education teacher candidates while Brewer teaches their parents to advocate for their kids.
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Families & the Community Should Working With Families Be a Core Skill for Teachers?
Just half of educator preparation programs offer a course on parent and family engagement.
Libby Stanford, April 25, 2024
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UConn guard Hassan Diarra (10) scores past Purdue guard Myles Colvin (5) during the second half of the NCAA college Final Four championship basketball game on April 8, 2024, in Glendale, Ariz.
UConn guard Hassan Diarra scores past Purdue guard Myles Colvin during the second half of the NCAA college Final Four championship basketball game on April 8, 2024, in Glendale, Ariz. A 2nd grade class in North Carolina completed one of the best March Madness brackets in the nation for the annual tournament.
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Teaching & Learning This 2nd Grade Class Picked One of the Best March Madness Brackets in the Nation
The exercise was supposed to be just for fun. Then, this class' picks just kept winning.
Caitlynn Peetz, April 17, 2024
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The TikTok logo pictured on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen on Oct. 14, 2022, in Boston.
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School & District Management Principals Know A TikTok Ban Won’t Solve All Their Problems. But Many Still Want One
Principals say banning the app could help start addressing the mental health challenges that emerge online, and carry over to school.
Olina Banerji, April 3, 2024
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Federal Low-Performing Schools Are Left to Languish by Districts and States, Watchdog Finds
Fewer than half of district plans for improving struggling schools meet bare minimum requirements.
Alyson Klein, February 23, 2024
11 min read
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Education Funding A Court Ordered Billions for Education. Why Schools Might Not Get It Now
The North Carolina Supreme Court is considering arguments for overturning a statewide order for more school funding.
Mark Lieberman, February 22, 2024
6 min read
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School Climate & Safety A School Removed Bathroom Mirrors to Keep Students From Making TikToks. Will It Work?
The desperate strategy for keeping students in class illuminates the challenge schools face in competing with social media.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 1, 2024
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School Climate & Safety Researchers Analyzed Years of Reports to a School Safety Tipline. Here's What They Learned
More than a third of gun-related tips in one state outlined possible school attacks, a new analysis finds.
Evie Blad, January 31, 2024
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Classroom Technology State Outlines Guidance for Different Levels of AI Use in Classrooms
How to use AI in a variety of ways without encouraging cheating or plagiarism.
Alyson Klein, January 29, 2024
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College & Workforce Readiness This District Wants to Start CTE in Elementary School, in a New Twist on Career Prep
It's believed to be the nation's first gaming and robotics magnet school for elementary-age students.
Caitlynn Peetz, January 26, 2024
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People hold signs during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote Monday on legislation to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren, as opponents crowd the statehouse grounds with flags and banners, including some reading "My Child, My Choice."
People hold signs during a protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 13, 2020, opposing legislation to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren. In North Carolina, a bill passed to protect parents' rights in schools caused uncertainty that led two districts to pause a child sex abuse prevention program out of fear it would violate the new law.
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States How a Parents' Rights Law Halted a Child Abuse Prevention Program
State laws that have passed as part of the parents' rights movement have caused confusion and uncertainty over what schools can teach.
Libby Stanford & Caitlynn Peetz, December 21, 2023
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Peggy Carr, Commissioner of the National Center for Education, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press about the National Assessment of Education Process on Oct. 21, 2022, in Washington.
Peggy Carr, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press about the National Assessment of Education Process on Oct. 21, 2022, in Washington. Carr is facing scrutiny over allegations of improper spending by a North Carolina charter for which she serves as vice chair and landlord.
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School Choice & Charters Lead NAEP Official Faces Scrutiny Over Improper Spending Alleged at N.C. Charter School
Peggy Carr, the National Center for Education Statistics' head, is vice chair of the school's board and part-owner of school properties.
Mark Lieberman, December 15, 2023
7 min read
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Education Funding A Judge Just Ruled That Another State's School Funding System Is Unconstitutional
New Hampshire joins Pennsylvania on the list of states whose courts have ruled that it's underfunding poor school districts.
Mark Lieberman, November 27, 2023
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