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  • Lenoir County Superintendent Named NC's 2021 A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year

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  • NC Coronavirus Task Force Unveils COVID-19 County Alert System

    Governor Cooper and members of the NC Coronavirus Task Force unveiled on Tuesday the COVID-19 County Alert System, a statewide data sharing tool aimed at helping community leaders make informed decisions based on local virus transmission metrics. According to Rebecca Planchard, Senior Early Childhood Policy Advisor at the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the Alert System “pinpoints counties with the highest levels of viral spread and offers specific recommendations for individuals, businesses, community organizations, and public officials to bring numbers down.”

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  • AASA Shares Preview Of Biden’s Education Agenda, Expectations For Next Steps In U.S. Congress

    With the elections (mostly) behind us, Washington is watching closely as the Biden Administration and 117th Congress takes shape. At the moment, former Vice President Joe Biden is on a pathway to becoming the 46th President of the United States, although the process could drag on for some time as the Trump Administration is challenging the results in key states. Chris Rogers, Policy Analyst for AASA – The School Superintendents’ Association, updated executives of school administrator organizations from across the country last week on some key impacts from the recent elections. The update included expectations for the President-Elect’s education agenda, his potential nominees for Secretary of Education, and possible next steps on COVID-19 relief and federal appropriations that could come from the current lame duck Congress before the end of the year.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - November 5, 2020

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting remotely on November 4-5. The pages that follow summarize highlights from the meeting and the Board’s actions for this month.

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  • Election Still Too Close To Call In Race For U.S. President; NC Re-Elects Governor Cooper, Gives GOP Other Big Wins

    North Carolina’s 7,359,935 eligible voters followed those nationwide in unprecedented numbers casting ballots before Election Day, with 3,620,532 one-stop early votes cast by the 10/31 deadline and 977,186 mail-in ballots tallied by 5 a.m. November 4th. But as voting ended Tuesday night, 117,000 absentee ballots were outstanding, leaving many election outcomes unclear. The state’s 15 electoral votes are still up for grabs in the race for President, and U.S. Senator Thom Tillis holds a thin margin over Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham to help determine if the U.S. Senate will remain under Republican control. In races for state offices, voters re-elected Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and made history in choosing Republican Mark Robinson as the state’s first black Lieutenant Governor.

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  • DRIVE Task Force Discusses Challenges To Educator Recruitment & Retention

    Members of the DRIVE Task Force, a group formed by Governor Cooper in 2019 to “develop a representative and inclusive vision for education” met on Tuesday to discuss issues and solutions surrounding educator support and retention, especially for educators of color. The meeting was hosted by DRIVE Task Force Chair and Winston-Salem State University Provost Dr. Anthony Graham, and featured personal stories from NC educators, as well as updates on innovative programs led by education leaders across the country.

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

    The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD) has announced the selection of the following as the recipients of the Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award; Dr. Frank Creech, Chief Academic Officer, Greene County Schools; Dr. Michael Myrick, Assistant Superintendent, Granville County Schools; Dr. Theresa Perry, Director of Professional Development, Cumberland County Schools; and Dr. La'Ronda Whiteside, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Hickory City Schools. This annual award is presented to graduates of the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association and the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development's Aspiring Superintendent Program, a program which is designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina’s public schools.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review - October 6, 2020

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its annual planning and work session, as well as its monthly meeting remotely on October 6-8. The pages that follow summarize highlights from the meeting and the Board’s actions for this month.

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  • 2020 NCASA Election Guide

    With only two weeks until the start of early voting and 33 days left until Election Day, the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) wants to make sure you have a plan in place to make your voice heard in the 2020 elections! NCASA encourages each member to register to vote and/or check your current voter registration, as well as research candidates on your ballot to see where they stand on critical education issues. Members should pay extra attention to the race for State Superintendent of Public Education and your local board of education races.

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  • Dr. Patrick Miller Awarded 2020 Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership Award

    Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Miller was awarded the 2020 Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership Award on Monday during the NC Association of School Administrators’ (NCASA) 2020 School Law & Policy Symposium, a virtual event. The Sarbaugh Leadership Award, named after NCASA’s first full-time Executive Director, is given annually to an NCASA member who serves as a leader amongst school leaders. Dr. Miller was presented the award in recognition of his leadership in numerous statewide efforts focused on ensuring quality learning experiences throughout North Carolina public schools.

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  • Governor Allows Full In-Person Instruction For Elementary Students

    Governor Roy Cooper announced today school districts will be given the option to bring Kindergarten — Grade 5 students back for full in-person instruction under school reopening Plan A, effective October 5th. Most school districts chose to begin the school year under Plan C, or virtual instruction, but many districts had begun transitioning into Plan B, which requires moderate social distancing. The Governor stated in a press release that Plan A will now be available to districts due to improvements in safety and prevention measures, as well as more promising COVID-19 trends and data.

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  • Governor Announces $40 Million In Funding To Expand Student Internet Connectivity

    Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday nearly $40 million in funding will be provided to expand internet connectivity options for students participating in remote learning. The new funding will be given to NC Student Connect, a new partnership formed across various areas of state government, such as the Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), to close remote learning barriers for NC students.

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  • NC State Board of Education Monthly Review - Sept. 3, 2020

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting in-person and remotely on September 2-3. The pages that follow summarize highlights from the meeting and the Board’s actions for this month.

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  • NCGA Passes “Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0” Providing Additional COVID-19 Funding and Policy Relief For K-12 Schools

    This afternoon, state legislators gave final approval to House Bill 1105: Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, a $1.1 billon relief package that spends approximately $900 million in federal funding left over from the $4 billion previously provided to the State by the federal CARES Act. House Bill 1105 invests $115.9 million in education projects statewide, with $50.9 million allocated specifically for K-12 coronavirus relief items. Based on feedback from members, NCASA worked with lawmakers to use some of these remaining funds for critical investments in areas such as internet connectivity and personal protective equipment (PPE).

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  • House Select COVID-19 Education Committee Discusses Challenges For 2020-21 School Year

    Education Working Group members of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 met on Tuesday to discuss ongoing needs and challenges for public schools during the 2020-2021 school year, as well as the availability of remaining federal coronavirus relief funds. Representatives from the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) shared their legislative requests and priorities in response to COVID-19, which mirrors many of the recommendations proposed by the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA). Both groups have urged lawmakers to use a portion of the estimated $552.4M remaining in non-contingent federal coronavirus relief funds to make critical investments in statewide internet access, transportation needs, and personal protective equipment.

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  • NCASA Shares 9/2 Session Priorities With General Assembly’s Education Leaders

    In preparation for next Wednesday’s legislative session, the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) has compiled a list of legislative requests for ongoing public school support during COVID-19, based on feedback received from our members across the State. The NCASA Advocacy team has been sharing these legislative requests with key education leaders in the General Assembly over the past few days and working with legislative staff to draft legislative proposals addressing these specific concerns. While the General Assembly is currently limited with the topics they may address on September 2, NCASA remains hopeful that legislative leadership will alter session rules, as they have done in the past, to address greatly-needed policy changes, such as holding districts harmless to their allotted average daily membership (ADM) for the 2020-2021 school year.

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  • Legislative Requests for Ongoing Public School Support During COVID-19

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  • State Facing ‘Significant Economic Uncertainty’ As General Assembly Prepares To Reconvene

    The State is still facing “significant economic uncertainty” as legislators prepare to return for a limited session on September 2, according to a legislative email obtained and published by The Insider Government News Service in Raleigh. The email, sent by directors of the General Assembly’s non-partisan Fiscal Research Division, notes fiscal staff now expects to issue a revised line-item economic forecast in late September, after receiving the latest state and federal data.

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  • State Board of Education Monthly Review -August 6, 2020

    The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting in-person and remotely on August 5-6. The pages that follow summarize highlights from the meeting and the Board’s actions for this month. For complete SBE information, visit their website: http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/.

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  • USDA Unlikely To Approve NC’s Child Nutrition Waiver

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is unlikely to approve NC’s request to continue to provide students with free meals regardless of meal eligibility status in the new school year, according to information shared by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Dr. Lynn Harvey, Director of School Nutrition Services at DPI, shared the disappointing news she received from the USDA Southeast Regional Director with superintendents on Wednesday.

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