Category: Education (PreK-12)

  • Cooper picks three for national education commission

    Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday appointed three of the state’s highest ranking education leaders to the national Education Commission of the States. Martez Hill, Margaret Spellings, and James Williamson were named to the organization, which brings together education leaders from around the country to address education policy issues.

  • UPDATE: Cooper signs bill providing class-size flexibility

    UPDATE, April 27, 6:45 p.m. Gov. Roy Cooper signed H.B. 13 into law. UPDATE, April 27. 4:25 p.m: The House agreed with the revised Senate version of the bill Thursday afternoon, passing it by a 112-3 margin.  After weeks of outrage from school administrators who worry that lower class sizes…

  • Are smartphones making teens dumb and dumber?

    Smartphones are teenagers’ constant companions. The last thing teens check at night before drifting off to sleep, phones occupy pride of place in the morning routine, too. Even pillow talk — the digital kind — is common:  Many teens sleep with their phones, maintaining 24/7 accessibility for Snapchats, texts, and…

  • Folwell pursuing fees from pension fund managers

    State Treasurer Dale Folwell wants to know if Wall Street investors charged the state fees on $9 billion of state pension plan money that never got invested. At the same time, unfunded liabilities in the retirement system grew to more than $13 billion. Folwell said some…

  • Foxx pushing feds to limit rules swamping local schools

    U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, wants federal bureaucrats to quit swamping states with education mandates that are left over from the Obama administration. In a recent interview, Foxx, the new chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, told McClatchy media that…

  • State superintendent responds to State Board of Education lawsuit

    RALEIGH — Conflict between the State Board of Education, the state superintendent of public instruction, and the General Assembly may not be resolved anytime soon. The rub started last year when lawmakers stripped the board of some of its powers, handing them over to newly elected Superintendent Mark Johnson,…

  • Bill gives North Carolina schools more options in recruiting teachers

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers are trying to give schools more options in hiring teachers. With rural and low-performing schools struggling to keep teachers, legislators are inventing new ways to recruit them. House Bill 634, Private Alternative Teacher Preparation, would let professionals begin teaching while meeting…

  • Richard Vinroot explains how competition can boost public education

    Former Charlotte mayor and N.C. charter school pioneer Richard Vinroot explains why the competition that has made Triangle college basketball teams the best in the country could also produce benefits for public education in North Carolina. Vinroot offered these comments during an interview for Carolina Journal Radio.