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Person County Schools Await Test Results On Massive Student/Teacher Sickness PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 September 2015 05:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Person County Schools officials are hoping to receive test results Friday that will give them an indication of the cause of a massive outbreak of illness that left roughly 14 percent of students out of class Thursday.

The state's public health officials are testing samples from some of the sick to determine the cause of the problem, which also affected teachers.

Symptoms included fever and vomiting.

School officials went to work with a bleach solution to clean the system's schools, all of which were impacted. They're also telling students and teachers to wash their hands frequently and to avoid sharing food and drinks.

Gov. McCrory Notes Reading, Math and Science Gains For N.C. Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 September 2015 05:33

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state's new school performance data has generated praise from Gov. Pat McCrory. In a statement, the governor congratulated teachers for a three point average gain in fourth grade reading scores, and upticks in science and math scores for elementary and middle schools.

The state's graduation rate, which increased to 85.4 percent, also got the governor's attention and praise.

 “The graduation rate is a critical education measure because it has real world consequences for every student,” McCrory said in the statement. “Without a high school diploma, it becomes incredibly difficult for a person to further their education or get a decent job. I am very grateful to the teachers of North Carolina for collaboratively making higher education and a career possible for the overwhelming majority of students in our state.”

The governor has committed to raising entry level teacher pay from the state to $35,000 in order to recruit the best and brightest to the profession.

High School Graduation Rate Hits 85.4% PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 September 2015 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - For the tenth year in a row, North Carolina's high school graduation rate has risen, now sitting at 85.4 percent. The data is among the numbers released Wednesday as part of the school performance grades now required by the General Assembly.

The report also showed that just more than seven out of 10 traditional public schools -- 72.2percent -- received a school grade of "C" or better. Public charter schools scored slightly lower, with 70.4 percent received "Cs" or higher.

As required by state legislation, the School Performance Grades are based 80 percent on the school's achievement score and 20 percent on students' academic growth.

In a statement, State Superintendent Atkinson expressed concern that schools with high percentages of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds were most likely to receive "Ds" or "Fs."

Full data and charts can be found at ncpublicschools.org.

Highlights of August 2015 UNC System Board Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 05:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Nine new members were welcomed to the UNC Board of Governors meeting in August. The appointments are among the highlights of the meeting, which are summarized on the system's website.

Highlighted areas include:

-- new board members

-- employer focus group results

-- Duke Energy grant announcement

-- UNC research opportunity initiatives

-- degree program proposals

The full highlights can be found at http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=news/2015/08/august-2015-board-meeting-highlights


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