North Carolina

Claire Engelhardt tutors students at Northeast High School in McLeansville, N.C., on Oct. 21, 2021.
Claire Engelhardt tutors students at Northeast High School in McLeansville, N.C., last October.
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Student Achievement With Millions of Kids on the Line, Can Schools Make Tutoring Work?
It should be a long-term investment in student learning, not a quick fix, experts say.
Catherine Gewertz, April 18, 2022
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Kara Klever holds a sign in protest in the hall outside of the Blue Room as Governor Kevin Stitt signs a bill into law that prevents transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams at the Capitol Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Oka. The bill, which easily passed the Republican-led House and Senate mostly along party lines, took effect immediately with the governor's signature. It applies to female sports teams in both high school and college.
Kara Klever holds a sign in protest as Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signs a bill into law that prevents transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams.
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States Beyond 'Don't Say Gay': Other States Seek to Limit LGBTQ Youth, Teaching
Legislators want to ban lessons on LGBTQ communities and require teachers to tell parents when students want their pronouns changed.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 6, 2022
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IT Management How to Tackle Big Tech Problems in Schools: 3 Case Studies
See the strategies three districts are using to improve digital equity, upgrade cybersecurity, and solve staffing problems.
Kevin Bushweller, March 8, 2022
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Daniel Kelvin Bullock, Durham Public Schools Executive Director for Equity Affairs, and Jermaine Porter, Equity Leadership and Strategy Coordinator, talk over Zoom at the beginning of an online equity training course on Jan. 19, 2022. The Durham Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs provides the course which is co-hosted by Bullock, Porter and Iwinosa Idahor, Student Engagement and Opportunity Coordinator with the Durham Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs.
Daniel Kelvin Bullock, Durham Public Schools Executive Director for Equity Affairs, and Jermaine Porter, Equity Leadership and Strategy Coordinator, talk over Zoom at the beginning of an online equity training course on Jan. 19, 2022. The Durham Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs provides the course which is co-hosted by Bullock, Porter and Iwinosa Idahor, Student Engagement and Opportunity Coordinator with the Durham Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs.
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Equity & Diversity K-12 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trainings: Are They Divisive or Effective?
Education Week attended one district's training to see what it entails.
Ileana Najarro, March 4, 2022
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States N.C. Adjusts Student Information System to Protect Transgender Students
The change is drawing complaints from some conservative groups.
T. Keung Hui, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), February 25, 2022
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Austin Obasohan, the superintendent in Duplin County, N.C., is a member of the inaugural class of Leaders To Learn From. He was lauded for ramping up the district's college-readiness program, which he's expanded in the last decade.
Austin Obasohan, the superintendent in Duplin County, N.C., was a member of the inaugural class of Leaders To Learn From. He has since expanded the college-readiness program he was lauded for.
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School & District Management Leader Reflection How an Award-Winning School Leader Is Making College Readiness a Reality
Austin Obasohan, a superintendent in North Carolina, shares lessons learned in the decade since he was honored in the inaugural class of Leaders To Learn From.
Austin Obasohan, February 16, 2022
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Casey Rimmer, left, is the director of innovation and ed-tech for the Union County School District in North Carolina. She's helped both staff and students navigate the glut of tech tools and applications that became a part of daily life during the pandemic. Andrew Houlihan, right, is the superintendent in Union County and developed a high-dosage tutoring strategy to combat student learning loss. Pictured here on Dec. 16, 2021.
Casey Rimmer, left, and Andrew G. Houlihan have kept Union County, N.C., steps ahead of the pandemic's disruption. Rimmer, an innovation and ed-tech leader, helped staff and students navigate the glut of tech tools that became a part of daily life, while Houlihan, the superintendent, developed a tutoring model to bolster academics.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From Their N.C. School District Was Pandemic-Ready. Here’s Why
The Union County district went big on technology training, tutoring, and mental health supports before the pandemic.
Alyson Klein, February 16, 2022
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Ben Thigpen, the superintendent of the Jones County school district in rural North Carolina, started a telemedicine program in partnership with East Carolina University to provide acute minor medical care and mental health and nutrition counseling to students and staff.
Ben Thigpen, the superintendent of the Jones County school district in rural North Carolina, partnered with East Carolina University to bring a telehealth program that provides acute minor medical care and mental health and nutrition counseling to the district's students and staff.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From Health Care Was Hard to Come By. So This Superintendent Stepped Up
Ben Thigpen, the superintendent in rural Jones County, N.C., launched a telehealth program to improve medical care for students and staff.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 16, 2022
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Leslie Alexander, right, talks with North Forsyth High School Assistant Principal of Instruction La Quisha Linder about what to expect while interviewing for the Winson-Salem/Forsyth County School District principal talent pool. Alexander is the Area Superintendent of Leadership Development and is working to develop a principal workforce that is representative of the district's demographics.
Leslie Alexander, right, talks with North Forsyth High School Assistant Principal of Instruction La Quisha Linder about what to expect while interviewing for the Winson-Salem/Forsyth County School District principal talent pool. Alexander is the Area Superintendent of Leadership Development and is working to develop a principal workforce that is representative of the district's demographics.
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School & District Management Principals of Color Are Scarce. Here's What Districts Are Doing About It
More than three-quarters of principals are white, though more than half of students are nonwhite. Here are some approaches to change that.
Denisa R. Superville, December 7, 2021
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Education Funding State K-12 Spending Is Inequitable and Inadequate. See Where Yours Ranks
There's a $17,000 per student difference between the highest- and lowest-spending states. High-poverty schools suffer especially.
Mark Lieberman, October 28, 2021
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Brenda Stephens, a school board member with Orange County Public Schools in Hillsborough, N.C. has purchased a weapon and taken a concealed carry class over concerns for her personal safety.
Brenda Stephens, a school board member in Hillsborough, N.C., says board members face threats and bullying, an atmosphere far different from what she's encountered in years of board service.
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Federal School Boards, 'Domestic Terrorism,' and Free Speech: Inside the Debate
From critical race theory to COVID policy, the heat on schools has raised issues involving free speech and the safety of public officials.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 20, 2021
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Founded 55 years ago, Foust Elementary received its latest update 12-25 years ago for their HVAC units. If the school receives funds from the Guilford County Schools bond allocation, they will expand classrooms from the back of the building.
Community members in Guilford, N.C. last week protested the lack of new funding to improve the district's crumbling school facilities.
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Education Funding Why Dems' $82 Billion Proposal for School Buildings Still Isn't Enough
Two new reports highlight the severe disrepair the nation's school infrastructure is in and the crushing district debt the lack of federal and state investment has caused.
Mark Lieberman, September 9, 2021
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States From Our Research Center Map: A-F Grades, Rankings for States on School Quality
Here’s a map showing grades for all the states on this year’s Quality Counts summative report card, on which the nation gets a C overall.
EdWeek Research Center, September 1, 2021
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States From Our Research Center Nation Gets a 'C' on Latest School Quality Report Card, While N.J. Again Boasts Top Grade
A slight increase in this year's Quality Counts score isn't enough to boost the nation's school system above last year's middling grade.
Sterling C. Lloyd & Alex Harwin, September 1, 2021
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