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School Bus Driver Appreciation Week Is Feb. 12-16

School bus drivers across North Carolina will bask in well-earned attention next week during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, as individual schools and districts recognize drivers’ key role with various events and celebrations. Nationally, February is Love the Bus month, aimed to raise awareness and appreciation for the safe experience of riding the bus to and from school.

Dozens of events are planned for next week across the state to honor drivers, from sit-down breakfasts to offerings of student-made valentines. Loyd E. Auman Elementary School in Cumberland County is organizing an ’80s flashback dance party at Seventy-First High School on Feb. 16 for all bus drivers in the school district. South Greenville Elementary School in Pitt County has scheduled an entire lineup of daily events starting Monday, when each bus driver will receive a bag of M&M’s with a note saying, “Thanks for Driving Miles & Miles.” In Craven County, Oaks Road Elementary School will be highlighting drivers on social media with shoutouts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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February 12th, 2018|News|

Charter Schools: Fact vs. Fiction

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — When it comes to charter schools, there are those who love them, hate them or simply don’t know much about them.

So 9 On Your Side took a look at Bear Grass Charter School in Martin County to get a better idea of how they work.

“A charter school in North Carolina is a public school, but it’s a public school that has some latitude,” said Charlotte Griffin, who is on the Bear Grass Charter School Board of Directors.

How charter schools function and how they are funded is not always clear.

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February 12th, 2018|News, Other Charter News|

Innovative School Superintendent needs more time to find turnaround operator for low-performing school

North Carolina’s controversial Innovative School District needs more time to tap a private operator that’s expected to take over a struggling Robeson County elementary this year.

ISD Superintendent Eric Hall asked and received permission from the State Board of Education for an additional 60 days Thursday, after an independent consultant’s review cited numerous concerns with the only two applicants, a new nonprofit from Charlotte and a for-profit company from Michigan.

“I still have several questions that need to be answered before I could pick either of the organizations,” Hall told Policy Watch. “It’s about setting a high standard. I want to make sure that, for the county and the town of Rowland, we want to get this right.”

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February 5th, 2018|Legislative & Regulatory, News|
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