Justin Parmenter, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher and blogger, was honored Monday by the North Carolina Open Government Coalition for his use of public records in researching the state's controversial Istation contract.

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

A Wake County judge sided with state Superintendent Mark Johnson Monday in a legal battle over how to test North Carolina’s youngest readers.

A state hearing officer ruled Monday that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction violated the law and jeopardized the integrity of the state procurement process in selecting Istation software to test the reading skills of the state’s youngest students.

North Carolina school district officials are still not sure what program they will use long term in assessing kindergarten through third-grade students' reading skills. Jack Hoke, executive director of the North Carolina School Superintendents Association wants state education officials to make a decision soon, so teachers can be trained and data collected.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has a new deputy superintendent in charge of academics – basically the guy who makes sure 150,000 students learn to read when they’re young and eventually graduate as capable, well-rounded teens.

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A company that recently won an $8 million contract to test the progress of North Carolina’s youngest readers has now agreed to provide that program at no charge — at least for now.

North Carolina Superintendent of Education Mark Johnson speaking in Charlotte, February 8, 2018.

A controversial new computer reading program for K-3 students has been temporarily blocked from use in North Carolina public schools.