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Wake Schools Look At Developing Skills In Fields With Worker Shortages PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 13:08
Wake County encourage high school students to pursue careers in law enforcement, teaching and other fields that will need additional local workers in the near future, according to a report by the Raleigh News and Observer. 
Wake school administrators have identified design, education, engineering, food industry, senior-citizen care and public safety as areas that could be supported by more high school courses. 
Figures presented to the Wake School Board show Wake County will need 27,863 more food-industry workers, 5,653 more teachers, 2,549 more construction workers, 1,731 more home health aides and 421 more landscape and building architects.
Wake County already offers some of the six themes at the Vernon Malone College and Career Academy in Raleigh and at career academies in high schools around the district.
Some board members said they could support offering the six models as programs within existing schools but not as standalone schools. Board member Jim Martin said Wake should focus more on strengthening comprehensive schools than on creating specialty schools.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 13:21
Governor McCrory Applauds Confirmation of State Board of Education Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 July 2016 15:03
Raleigh - The North Carolina General Assembly confirmed Governor Pat McCrory’s appointments to the State Board of Education today, Todd Chasteen and Amy Bannister White.
Chasteen currently serves as Corporate Counsel for Samaritan's Purse in Boone, North Carolina. He has also served in various roles of executive management with Samaritan's Purse including as Vice President of Administration, Human Resources and General Counsel. Prior to serving with Samaritan's Purse, Chasteen worked as a Senior Attorney Advisor for the Honorable Lawrence Wright at the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C. drafting tax court memorandum opinions and responses to motions.
White served on the Wake County School Board of Education from 2001-2005. She also worked in economic development and membership recruitment for the Garner Chamber of Commerce from 2006-2010. In 2013, White was appointed by the governor to the NC Commission of Volunteerism and Community Service.
Their terms on the board run through March 2023.
Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 15:09
National Charter School Group Opposes Bill Loosening State Board Oversight PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:44
The National Association of Charter Authorizers said in a letter to House leaders it opposes key sections of a bill changing charter laws, saying they will gut school oversight and leave the State Board of Education with little authority to close failing schools.
The change would give the state charter school office time to focus on schools in need of the most help. But the association of charter authorizers objected. “This makes it possible for low-performing schools to escape or delay accountability for years,” the letter said.
Additionally, the change would make the state ineligible for a federal charter school grants program that helps expand high-quality charters. The program requires reviews at least once every five years, the letter said.
The association also objected to proposed restrictions on closing low performing charter schools. Low-performing charters could not be closed if they meet growth or implement an improvement plan. The change would prohibit the State Board of Education from closing charters it thinks have deteriorated to the point they cannot improve. 
Elizabeth City State University Gets Warning From Accreditation Agency PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 June 2016 05:05


Elizabeth City State University has been placed on warning this week by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A warning is a lighter sanction than probation from the agency.
Audits of admissions and financial aid practices at ECSU by the UNC System uncovered problems that included improperly awarded financial aid and the admission of unqualified students. 
ECSU officials said they are committed to resolving issues and implementing recommendations from UNC General Administration by Dec. 15.
“The issues identified in the UNC system internal audit are legitimate accreditation body concerns because these bodies have a role in verifying institutions’ adherence to a prescribed set of standards,” ECSU Chancellor Thomas Conway said in a news release. 

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