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Hopewell High School principal John Dino Gisiano, who was suspended with pay in July, has resigned, according to CMS officials.

In a message sent to parents Tuesday night, Matt Hayes, the school’s Learning Community Superintendent said retired principal Michael Turner will serve as the Beatties Ford Road school’s interim principal.

Graduations rates are slowly rising in North Carolina's public universities, but disparities remain among each school and their racial demographics. 

About 72 percent of freshmen who started at a UNC System school in 2011 got their degrees within six years, but graduation rates are still significantly lower at institutions with more low-income students and people of color.

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Last month, North Carolina General Assembly members passed legislation that will allow Cherokees without degrees or certification to teach the tribe’s language and cultural practices to native students. Eastern Band Cherokee officials say they don’t have enough licensed teachers fluent in their language to reach all students, and they fear it will die out.

North Carolina has a new law to give a school district more flexibility if it has a lot of struggling schools - and the law applies only to Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

The Art Institute of Charlotte  (pictured here) is expected to close soon, along with its campus in Durham.
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Declining enrollment is one reason why the owners of the Art Institute of Charlotte say they are closing the school. The Los Angeles-based, non-profit Dream Center Education Holdings announced the closure this week, along with Art Institutes in Durham and Charleston, SC. South University in High Point, which Dream Center also owns, will close as well. About 3,000 students will be affected.

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The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold President Trump's travel ban from seven mostly Muslim countries has college enrollment officials at UNC Charlotte concerned about the message it sends.

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Johnson C. Smith University has received a $100,000 federal grant to expand a space used to create products and collaborate with others on technological and entrepreneurial ideas. The grant is administered by the State Library of North Carolina.

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The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld an earlier three-judge panel decision that state legislators can shift some of the controls of the public school system from the state board of education to the superintendent. The court issued the ruling Friday with both sides declaring victory.

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By a vote of 64 to 53, the controversial bill that would allow Cornelius, Mint Hill, Matthews and Huntersville to operate a charter school passed in the House Wednesday. 

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The controversial bill that would allow Cornelius, Mint Hill, Matthews and Huntersville to operate a charter school passed in the House today.

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Former and current Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members and some local clergy gathered Tuesday to voice their opposition to House Bill 514 - and threaten a lawsuit.

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There's been a lot of attention lately on low-income students on campus — mostly on how to recruit them and how to make them feel welcome.

For good reason: Pell Grant recipients make up about a third of the undergraduate student population in the U.S., according to the College Board. And often, their experiences in college are very different than their wealthy classmates.

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The Mecklenburg county manager’s budget included a lot of what Charlotte school officials asked for, but two requests targeting the needs of mainly students of color were left out. CMS officials want $1.5 million to hire more English as a Second Language teachers and a half million dollars for cultural training for educators.

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Republican state lawmakers have released their proposed adjustments to the current two-year North Carolina budget.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he has concerns about proposed legislation that would allow the towns of Mint Hill and Matthews to operate their own charter schools.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper criticized Republican state legislators for proposing a budget that will not fund teacher salaries and school security at the levels he feels are needed. Cooper addressed the budget during a visit to a Huntersville school Thursday.

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Mecklenburg County homeowners could be hit with their first property tax increase in five years if the $1.7 billion budget that County Manager Dena Diorio presented to county commissioners Tuesday is approved. 

Marchers on Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh Wednesday headed toward the state legislature.
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Thousands of educators from across North Carolina gathered Wednesday at the state capitol in Raleigh to join the March for Students and Rally for Respect. Their message about the need for better pay and increased school funding was loud and clear. The response from Republican legislative leaders was a promise of more raises - but also a campaign to correct what they call misinformation about their efforts.

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It was a sea of red Wednesday as teachers and school workers flooded the streets of downtown Raleigh, calling for more support and funding of the public school system. 

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A typical image for a college graduation ceremony involves proud parents taking pictures of their kids in cap and gown. Of course, many graduates are also parents themselves, like Amanda Ruiz. She says a scholarship program geared to mothers helped her graduate within three years.

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