Piedmont Charter students collect nearly 6,000 cans for needy

From their annual canned food and blood drives to special projects like the Hurricane Disaster Relief for Lumberton, Piedmont Community Charter School students learn first hand the importance of doing for others.   The elementary campus has just wrapped up its annual canned food drive for Salvation Army's Catherine Booth location in Gastonia.   “I [...]

Studies: Charter school parents satisfied with children’s education

RALEIGH — Public charter school parents are more satisfied with their children’s education than are traditional public district-school parents, according to two new studies from Education Next, a journal from Stanford University and the Harvard Kennedy School.   Private school parents outrank both other categories as the most satisfied of all test groups, the studies [...]

Trump picks charter school advocate Betsy DeVos for education secretary

President-elect Donald Trump selected a charter school advocate and GOP donor from Michigan on Wednesday to be education secretary.   Betsy DeVos becomes the second woman chosen to fill a spot in Trump's Cabinet. Earlier Wednesday, Trump named South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations earlier in the day. Both [...]

Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many

LAS VEGAS - In a blow to the Obama administration's labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.   As a result of Tuesday's ruling, overtime changes set to take effect [...]

Mark Johnson is a new leader for NC schools

Mark Johnson is a smart, savvy 32-year-old with lots of ideas about how North Carolina’s educational system ought to operate. Now he’ll be challenged to put those ideas into practice as he replaces three-term state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Johnson, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board, defeated Atkinson on Nov. 8 [...]

Next NC superintendent’s Teach for America work was foundation for education views

Republican Mark Johnson comes to the job of the state’s education chief promising to shake off the status quo, and is himself a nontraditional choice for state superintendent of public instruction.   Johnson is a lawyer for a technology firm in Winston-Salem who has been on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board for about two years. [...]

Newly Elected Leaders Could Show More Support for School Choice

CHARLOTTE -- The results of this week's election could impact public education, not just on a federal level, but also here in North Carolina.   Voters here elected a Republican state superintendent for the first time in recent history.   Education advocates say these leadership changes in North Carolina and the White House could bring [...]

GOP's Mark Johnson beats incumbent June Atkinson in race for state Superintendent

With more than 99 percent of North Carolina’s precincts reporting, it appears as if Forsyth County Republican Mark Johnson has upset Democratic incumbent June Atkinson in the race for state superintendent of public instruction.   Johnson, a relative political newcomer, appeared to squeak out a win with 50.6 percent of the vote, but a handful [...]

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