Mooresville Graded Schools

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Just over 200 of North Carolina's 2,500 public schools earned A's from the state this year, and about half as many received an F.

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A rebellion against North Carolina’s school calendar law has gotten the attention of state lawmakers. About a dozen districts have started earlier than the law allows. One key legislator says the state can’t keep looking the other way, but it’s unclear whether officials will ease up or crack down. 

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Mooresville Graded Schools has some big shoes to fill. Its superintendent Mark Edwards announced last week he'll be leaving the district in August for a job at Discovery Education. Edwards has led the district for the past nine years. During that time, Mooresville Graded Schools rose to be one of the top-performing districts in the state, even though it's near the bottom for funding and nearly 40 percent of kids are low-income. Edwards championed a push to digital which earned the district national attention. 

Lisa Miller

Third graders in North Carolina are on a deadline. They have just a few weeks to prove to the state their reading is up to snuff. Otherwise, they’ll be headed to summer reading camps. There’s a lot to do: lessons to learn, passages to read, and tests to take. It’s all part of the new third-grade reading law.