“Our students. Our state. Our future.” 

The journey of Halifax County Schools 
by Alex Granados 

In 1994, Halifax County Schools was one of the original districts in the Leandro lawsuit that resulted in the state Supreme Court saying that the state was not living up to its constitutional obligation to provide the “opportunity to receive… Continue reading →

A-B Tech president John Gossett wins 2020 IE Ready Distinguished Leader Award 
by Nation Hahn 

The I.E. Ready Distinguished Leader Award, which honors an N.C. State University graduate for exceptional leadership in the community college system, was presented to A-B Tech president John Gossett during the Dallas Herring Lecture on Nov. 10. The lecture is… Continue reading →

Perspective | Jill’s husband sends a signal: Public education a priority 
by Ferrel Guillory 

Barely two minutes into his victory speech Saturday, President-elect Joe Biden said, “I’m Jill’s husband” and described her as a mom and an educator. Dr. Jill Biden has said she plans to continue teaching English at Northern Virginia Community College.… Continue reading →

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Getting to know Superintendent-elect Catherine Truitt

Friday Institute Executive Director Hiller Spires had a conversation yesterday with Catherine Truitt who will take up the role of State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the new year. The two talked about Truitt’s plans for her first 100 days, the long-running Leandro court case, school choice, teacher pay, and more. Take a look over the weekend here.

Update on homeschools

EdNC continues to receive updates from the Division of Non-Public Education on the number of homeschools operating across the state. We do not have access to county by county data at this point. Here is the latest count:

Number of Notice of Intent to Operate a Home School Received by the NC Department of Administration’s Division of Non-Public Education from 7/1/2020 to 11/1/2020? 16,790

Number of Notice of Intent to Operate a Home School Received by the NC Department of Administration’s Division of Non-Public Education from 7/1/2019 to 11/1/2019? 6,220

Thank you to our school psychologists!

This week is National School Psychology Week, and the theme is ‘The POWER of POSSIBILITY.’ Learn more about the important role of school psychologists in this video and please share.

EdCorps update

If you are following the progress of NC’s EdCorps, the executive committee of the N.C. State Board of Education met, and they have added Wake and Durham counties to the inaugural cohort.

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Harnett County Schools Advanced Manufacturing, Health Sciences academies grow despite hurricane, pandemic

GoldenLEAF Foundation | November 12, 2020

Harnett County Schools, in partnership with Central Carolina Community College, is the home of an Advanced Manufacturing Academy and a Health Sciences Academy. Learn more... Continue reading →

New Hanover County students failing in record numbers, still unknown when schools will fully reopen

Port City Daily | November 12, 2020

As charters siphon off students, Granville County’s public schools are struggling to stay afloat

NC Policy Watch | November 12, 2020

The Mastery vs. Seat-Time Debate Takes Center Stage Under Remote Learning

Education Week | November 4, 2020

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