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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - October 7, 2021

    The NC State Board of Education held its monthly meeting in Raleigh on October 6-7, featuring a presentation from Dr. Shirley Prince, Executive Director of the NC Principals and Assistant Principals Association.

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  • NCDHHS Releases Disease Control Measures for Schools (updated Sept. 20, 2021)

    Control measures are proven, long-standing, and well-established public health practices to prevent the spread of serious communicable diseases, such as measles, pandemic influenza, Ebola, varicella, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and COVID-19. In North Carolina, all persons are required by law to follow specific communicable disease control measures. In the administrative rules implementing this law, the Commission for Public Health prescribes the specific control measures for communicable diseases.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - August 4-5, 2021

    Due to the release of the NC House’s state education budget proposal last week, this month’s State Board of Education monthly summary was postponed until this week. The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting on August 4-5. The pages that follow summarize highlights from the meeting and the Board’s actions for this month.

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  • House Committee Unveils, Approves Amended Education Budget Proposal

    The House Committee on Education Appropriations this morning rolled out, and then later today approved, its amended proposal for funding and policy changes affecting K-12 schools, community colleges and universities for the biennium that began July 1. This is the first step in the delayed House budget process, and the chamber’s entire state budget proposal is expected to be unveiled Monday, undergo the full Appropriations Committee amendment process on Tuesday, and then face votes on the House floor Wednesday and Thursday.

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  • Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent Selected As 2021 NCSSA Brad Sneeden Leadership Award Winner

    The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) has announced the selection of Dr. Valerie H. Bridges, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, as the recipient of the Dr. Brad Sneeden Leadership Award. The award is presented in honor and recognition of a superintendent who has demonstrated a strong commitment to life-long learning, unwavering integrity in leadership and transformation of vision into action.

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  • State Updates School Guidance, Shifts Mask Decisions To Local Boards

    Governor Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen on Wednesday released the updated StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (Toolkit) taking effect July 30th to help schools set COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - July 8, 2021

    Due to the July 4th holiday, the July meeting of the NC State Board of Education (SBE) was condensed and held virtually on Thursday, July 8. Members approved “unpacking documents” for grades 6-12 social studies courses, recommendations not to advance certain charter school applicants, and updates to the 2021 Middle/Junior High School Athletic Manual. Click READ MORE to access the full July SBE summary.

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  • Gates County Schools Superintendent Receives 2021 NCSSA Dr. Dwayne Stallings Leadership (NERESA) Award

    The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) has announced the selection of Dr. Barry Williams, Superintendent of Gates County Schools, as the recipient of the Dr. Dwayne Stalling Leadership Award. The award is presented in honor and recognition of a superintendent who has demonstrated a strong dedication to public education, commitment to academic excellence, and a continual focus on professional growth and student learning. This inaugural award is presented to a superintendent serving a school district in northeast North Carolina who is a member of the Northeast Regional Education Service Alliance (NERESA). NERESA is a professional alliance that supports and enhances educational services and resources for the member districts.

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  • Senate Unveils & Advances Initial State Budget Proposal

    Senate leadership, Monday, June 21, released a 400+-page state budget package in Senate Bill 105, which includes at least $12 billion for specific K-12 education needs. This initial budget proposes a total of $25.7 billion in FY 2021-2022 (3.45% state spending increase plus federal relief funds) and $26.6 billion in FY 2022-2023 (3.65% increase). This article includes: Senate Proposal for Use of ESSER III Funds; Summary of Senate Budget Proposal; and NC BoE/NCDPI FY 2021-22 Budget Comparison

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - June 3, 2021

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting in Raleigh and virtually via livestream on June 2-3. Much of the meeting focused on continued debate over the social studies content studies, and more specifically, on language used in the “Glossary” and other accompanying documents. As a result, members voted to postpone voting on these documents until a future meeting, “no later than June 18."

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  • Senate Education Committee Approves Education Omnibus Bill, Charter School Payment Process Changes

    Members of the Senate Education/Higher Education Committee approved on Wednesday several House bills, including an education omnibus bill that sparked lengthy debate regarding proposed changes to school nutrition programs.

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  • Richardson Takes The Lead, Slutsky Of NCTIES Elected To NCASA Officer Role For 2021-22; Lenker Honored For Service As President For 2020-21

    The NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) Board of Directors held its final meeting of 2020-2021 on June 14 and elected a new slate of officers to lead the organization for the new year that begins July 1. Mr. Brad Richardson, a Principal in Rutherford County Schools, will take the helm as President for 2021-22. Two additional officers for NCASA were confirmed, including Dr. Aaron Slutsky, Chief Technology Officer of Gaston County Schools, who was named President-Elect for 2021-2022. In this role, Dr. Slutsky is in line to become NCASA’s President for 2022-2023 to follow Mr. Richardson. Immediate Past-President Dr. Ethan Lenker, Superintendent of Pitt County Schools, rounds out the officer slate. He was recognized at the June 14th NCASA Board meeting for his tenure as President for 2020-2021.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - May 13, 2021

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting in Raleigh on May 13th.

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  • NCSSA & NCASLD: Recipients of Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award Announced

    The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD) have announced the selection of the recipients of the Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award:

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - April 7-8, 2021

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting in Raleigh on April 7-8. NCASA was recognized by the Board on Thursday to further congratulate Drs. David Stegall and Beverly Emory, as well as Mr. Tabari Wallace, for being recently granted educational leadership awards by NCASA. Members can access NCASA’s monthly SBE summary by clicking READ MORE.

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  • New Bill From Senate Education Leaders Proposes Accountability Waivers, School Calendar Changes

    A bi-partisan bill introduced this week by Senate education leaders holds a comprehensive set of COVID-19 relief provisions for K-12 schools, including some important and time-sensitive waivers for school performance grades and other accountability measures for the current year and adjustments to school calendar requirements for 2021-22.

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  • NCDHHS And State Board Of Education Update Operational Guidance For Schools

    The State Board of Education met in an emergency called session this afternoon to provide additional clarity and guidance on changes made Tuesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). The updated state guidance from both agencies comes in response to NC's COVID metrics continuing to improve and the CDC releasing updated guidance that further clarifies best practices for operating public schools during the pandemic.

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  • House K-12 Education Committee Advances Voucher Expansion, Student Discipline Changes

    The House Committee on K-12 Education approved on Tuesday several highly-debated bills, including one expanding the private school voucher program and another reshaping the process for establishing student discipline policies.

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  • Governor Cooper Throws ‘First Pitch’ In State Budget Process

    Governor Roy Cooper revealed his state budget proposal on Wednesday, which would provide over $2.4 billion for public education over the next two years. The budget specifically devotes $485 million to teacher and administrator compensation, $200 million to expand equitable resources per the state’s ongoing Leandro case, and more than $78 million in early education and child development, among other key investments.

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  • State Senate Fails To Override Veto Of SB37 But May Try Again Soon

    Members of the NC Senate failed on Monday night to override the Governor’s veto of a bill that would have required school districts to offer some type of in-person learning for students. Senate Bill 37 (S37), however, was revived through a parliamentary procedure and vote by the Senate Wednesday afternoon and then was re-referred to the Senate Rules Committee, where it remains viable.

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