The N.C. Association of Educators is urging teachers to take a personal day on May 1 to march on state lawmakers in Raleigh. Last year’s protest drew more than 19,000 people and caused many school districts to close for the day.
A new bill sponsored by some North Carolina Republican lawmakers would eliminate and/or replace some state-mandated exams and require school districts to reduce the number of tests they give. Complaints about overtesting have been rising.
The North Carolina House Education Committee backed legislation that prohibits the state’s public schools from using corporal punishment. The bill comes after the state’s last two school districts that paddled students stopped the practice.
North Carolina children and teens are killing themselves nearly twice as often as they did just a decade ago. Suicidal thoughts most commonly occur in children with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues.
N.C. State University’s Wolpack WORKS program gets $12.3 million state grant to train beginning K-2 teachers in literacy instruction in 16 high-needs school districts, The grant comes amid concerns that state reading scores aren’t improving.
North Carolina’s House called for a state referendum on a school construction bond issue that earmarks $61.8 million for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. That’s less money than CMS says it needs to meet a class-size mandate.
The Charlotte-based Duke Endowment announced a $24 million grant to Davidson College that will expand a scholarship program that recruits students with “exceptional abilities” to the liberal arts school.
The NC Board of Education rejects a proposal to automatically grant teaching licenses to fully licensed teachers from other states. They instead want recommendations on how out-of-state teachers can show after a year they’re meeting standards.
N.C. Connections Academy wants state permission to no longer be managed by Pearson Online and Blended Learning. Both sides blame each other for the state labeling the online charter school as a continually low-performing school.
North Carolina House Education Committee backed a pair of bills that would provide flexibility to at least some school districts to get around the school calendar law. Tourism supporters and a parents group warn there will be a backlash.
The National Education Association projects that North Carolina is now 29th in the nation in teacher pay, with an average salary of $53,975. The state had fallen to 47th in 2013 but has seen a series of state pay raises since then.
UNC Charlotte’s student population has been steadily growing, and the university has been building on campus to keep up. Over $250 million in projects are underway, from an admissions building to a recreation center.
North Carolina superintendents and principals want to make it easier to recruit licensed out-of-state teachers without making them go through hurdles to teach in this state. The State Board of Education is worried about making it too easy.