Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools outlines a $9 million plan to add security cameras, classroom monitoring, fences and panic alarms in response to school shootings. Mecklenburg commissioners voted Tuesday to release the money.
UNC-Chapel Hill will announce a new $20 million scholarship fund that will help cover costs for middle income undergraduates from North Carolina. The Blue Sky Scholars program got a $5 million gift from former UNC President Erskine Bowles.
In response to a News & Observer and Charlotte Observer investigative series, a new state law requires high-scoring North Carolina students to get into advanced math classes. But Wake County school leaders say the law is hard to implement.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he’s directing $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Fund be used to help fix schools that were damaged by Hurricane Florence. Priority will go to schools that are still closed.
With 67 driver vacancies and thousands of kids late to school every day, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will boost starting pay to $15 an hour in hopes of keeping bus drivers. Raises for all drivers will cost $2.7 million.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appointed three people to fill vacant seats on the State Board of Education. J.B. Buxton joins the board after his nomination for a different seat on the group was rejected by Republican legislators.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools announced the Oct. 1 retirement of Vance Principal Kit Rea that day, without explanation. Rea says her staff and CMS administration knew for months, and her timing makes sense.
Writer Nikole Hannah-Jones tells 600 North Carolina education advocates at Duke University that they’re responsible for tolerating schools that kill black children’s hopes. It’s the start of a long focus on race in public education.
North Carolina has received applications from 35 charter schools that want to open in 2020, including eight in Wake County and five in Mecklenburg County. There could be 200 charter schools open statewide in 2019, double the total in 2011.