Education Matters – State Board Chair Bill Cobey + Focus on Charter School Policy

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey discusses proposed cuts at DPI and the ongoing power struggle with the State Superintendent and General Assembly. In the second segment, NC Charter School Advisory Board Chairman Alex Quigley and Research Triangle High School Chief School Officer Eric Grunden weigh in on recent charter school policy proposals   [...]

Charter school advisory board wrap-up

The Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) met Monday in their second-to-last convening of the year-long cycle. The board heard from multiple charter schools — some showcased innovative programs and others defended their competency.   From college prep to arts integration Leaders of Lincoln Charter School, a K-12 charter in Denver, shared their Dream Big program, [...]

Durham County commissioners want DPS, charters to collaborate

“Persistence pays off. The Durham Collaborative charter leaders have worked together to improve our own school programs, to help one another, and to identify best practices that have proven effective to help our kids; academically and socially. We will continue to reach out to our County Commissioners to build relationships and find additional opportunities to [...]

Bill Would Make It Easier For NC Charter Schools To Fund Transportation

A bi-partisan bill would make it easier for charter schools in North Carolina to get disadvantaged students to class.   House Bill 644 would establish a grant program to funnel state transportation funds to charter schools where at least half the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs.   Read More  

Break up Wake County schools? Bill looks at how to divide NC school districts

RALEIGH - Some state legislators want to look at how to split North Carolina school systems into smaller districts, a preliminary step that could make it possible to break up large systems such as Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg. House Bill 704 filed this week would create a joint legislative study committee to look into whether [...]

State revising proposed mental health policy after outcry from schools

RALEIGH, N.C. — State education leaders are revising a proposed mental health policy for public schools after charter schools and school boards objected to the guidelines, calling them well-meaning but too burdensome and expensive to implement.   The State Board of Education was expected to vote on the policy in March, but the vote has [...]

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 [...]

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