Education

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The number of teachers leaving North Carolina public schools declined in 2019, and that trend also played out in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville and Kannapolis school systems.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board agreed in November to create a position for a new, independent officer to monitor the superintendent and other top staff. But after almost three hours of discussion Tuesday  the board isn’t much closer to hiring that person. 

When North Carolina voters go to the polls on Super Tuesday, they will be faced with making a preliminary selection on who should be the next Superintendent of Public Instruction. It’s a position that directs an enormous amount of state and other funds. But it’s also a role that is poorly defined, and, currently, a source of contention.

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When Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools combined Dilworth and Sedgefield elementary schools in 2017, it was seen as part of a bold experiment to undo segregation, keep families in public schools and help more students thrive. But that’s only part of the story.

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In 2017, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board launched an experiment in reversing resegregation by merging pairs of elementary schools with very different demographics and needs. Those paired schools are halfway through their second year now, with data that highlights some triumphs and some troubling questions.

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Human evolution and prehistoric times would vanish from North Carolina’s social studies curriculum under new proposed standards. But some teachers are fighting to keep the Paleolithic Era alive in classrooms. 

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Families zoned for Elizabeth Lane Elementary School made their cases in front of the school board Tuesday for why their neighborhoods should not be split off to ease crowding. 

Up to 180 students could be reassigned from Elizabeth Lane Elementary School to Lansdowne Elementary. That’s according to a plan that’s up for a public hearing at Tuesday's school board meeting.

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Just over half of Mecklenburg County's 4-year-olds are now enrolled in free public prekindergarten, according to a report presented Wednesday at a joint meeting of the county commissioners and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board.

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How do you organize a 40-member committee with a charge so broad and daunting that it’s stumped experts for decades?

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina senators will return to the Statehouse this week with a long, complex debate in front of them.

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Room 201 at East Mecklenburg High School has a bed, a kitchenette, a washer and a dryer. It’s designed to feel like a studio apartment -- and to help a group of students prepare for life after high school. 

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A panic alarm system that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools had touted as a way to make schools safer doesn’t work, Superintendent Earnest Winston said Friday.

Leaders of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are looking at easing up a bit on a policy that demands automatic firing for drug and alcohol offenses. 

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CARY — North Carolina will receive up to $56 million toward improving early childhood education and health outcomes for at-risk children, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Thursday.

The State Board of Education and State School Superintendent are clashing again over a contract for a K-3 reading diagnostic tool.

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North Carolina’s charter schools are seeing troubling trends in academic performance, even as their popularity grows.

Bill To Cut University Of SC Trustees Spurs Diversity Debate

Jan 8, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The chairman of trustees for South Carolina's largest university defended his board Wednesday as three powerful state House members questioned the board's commitment to diversity and financial responsibility.

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Mecklenburg County's charter school enrollment grew to 21,028 this year, an even bigger increase than Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools budgeted for.

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Whenever the spotlight turns to struggling schools and failing students, there’s another question that bubbles up: How well are America’s teacher preparation programs doing their job? 

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