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Two New Appointees To Western Carolina University Board of Trustees PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -- The Western Carolina University Board of Trustees is welcoming two new members.

On Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced the appointments of:

-- Grace Battle (Georgia) - Battle is the Marketing Director for Old Cashier's Realty with offices in Cashiers, N.C. and Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she has experience in management of a department store including in the corporate office. Her community involvement includes Swift School for Dyslexia, Boy Scouts, and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church.
-- J. Bryant Kinney (Mecklenburg County) - Kinney has been the Principal of Kinney Public Strategies in Charlotte for five years. In this role, he works with private, public, and non-profit groups by providing strategic external relations, public affairs and employee communication consultation. Additionally he serves as a Senior Counselor to The Hawthorn Group in Alexandria, V.A. Prior to beginning in the two roles, he worked at Duke Energy for 16 years. 

DPI Lays Out Plan Framework To Address Leandro Court Case PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 July 2015 05:18

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The Department of Public Instruction has posted its plan to address the long-running Leandro education legal case that was back in a North Carolina courtroom recently.

The department's post is below.


Level I (Current Constitutional mandate) – includes initiatives and programs that the Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction currently provide so that students receive a sound basic education. This current level of support covers the following areas of work: competent, well-trained teachers and principals; curriculum and Standard Course of Study; testing and accountability; enhancing student achievement; federal programs; healthy schools; and school funding.

Level II – includes initiatives recommended for expansion to improve educational opportunities beyond the basic level. These include more pre-kindergarten education opportunities for at-risk children; school calendar flexibility; teacher recruitment, retention and compensation; professional development; support to schools regarding district and school transformation; implementation of effective models for improving low-performing schools and districts; access to digital tools, resources and courses; and expanding healthy school initiatives.

Level III – outlines additional initiatives intended to more fully address the non-academic needs of children who need assistance in taking full advantage of the sound basic education provided by the public school system. These initiatives include: family resource and youth service centers; birth to kindergarten services for at-risk children; statewide interagency cooperation to optimize services to children; and the establishment of an interagency advisory committee on public education that would be report to the State Board of Education.

“The State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction recognize that many students and schools in North Carolina would benefit from additional levels of support and assistance,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “That is why our 54-page plan for expanding services includes new support opportunities and the creation of an Interagency Advisory Committee on Public Education which will meet regularly to find ways to overcome the hurdles that some of our students face.”

The State Board of Education’s most recent expansion budget request also includes items that would support initiatives in the Level II and Level III portions of this plan, especially in the areas of services to lowest achieving schools, professional development, digital learning resources and technology.

N.C. Supreme Court Upholds Opportunity Scholarship Program PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 July 2015 06:21

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - In a 4 to 3 ruling, the North Carolina Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling and has held that North Carolina's educational voucher program for low-income families is constitutional.

The court reversed a ruling by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood.

Opportunity Scholarship program was passed by the General Assembly in 2013. Through it, low-income families can receive up to $4,200 per year to send their children to private school.

Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam (R-Wake), the program's champion, praised the decision, as did Gov. Pat McCrory, and Darrell Allison of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.

Rodney Ellis of the North Carolina Association of Educators expressed regret over the decision, saying it will "continue the damage being done to our public schools and students by allowing private vouchers to drain money from our already underfunded schools."

Macon and New Hanover Counties To Pilot Online PE PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 05:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - High school students in Macon and New Hanover counties will have the chance to be part of a cutting-edge approach to physical education when North Carolina's Virtual Public School pilots PE in the fall.

Instructors will demonstrate via video and then students will follow suit, creating video portfolios to show their work and master the activities.

Students will have the option to either enroll in a nine-week course for a half credit, or enroll in the PE and health course for one full credit.

Education officials say the program could expand statewide next year.


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