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Education Cabinet To Meet Wednesday, Gov. McCrory To Attend PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Education leaders from all levels of classrooms will convene Wednesday in Raleigh for a meeting of Gov. Pat McCrory's Education Cabinet. According to the governor's public schedule, he will attend. 

The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Meredith College campus off of Wade Avenue. The meeting is open to the press.
The governor has previously laid out his goals for the group. They are:
-- Prosperity and Jobs for Graduates - The governor’s plan calls for more students earning associates and bachelor degrees from the state’s community colleges and universities. It also calls for an increase of students attaining more industry approved certificates and degrees. The governor also wants a commitment from businesses to hire more North Carolina graduates.
-- A Rewarding Career for Teachers and Principals – This goal calls for innovative ways to significantly increase teacher salaries as well as devise meaningful rewards for the most productive educators. On the assessment side, the plan envisions fewer, but more meaningful classroom assessments and tests. It also wants more comprehensive measures, beyond student performance, of teacher and principal effectiveness.
-- A Joy of Reading and Math for Every Child –Every student must be a proficient reader by the third grade and early education options are key in reaching that goal. This goal calls for meaningful and reliable measures of student literacy progress to be in place as well as teacher support. 
-- Excellent Innovative Learning Options for Families – This goal supports the expansion of high quality charter schools with a focus on academic excellence and diverse student populations. It also envisions a digital E-Learning agenda that can be accessed by students from early learning to adulthood.
-- Cost Effectiveness for Taxpayers – This goal envisions a shared budget for some or all education initiatives for the next legislative session. It also looks to reward and replicate effective education practices while eliminating those that are unproductive.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:45
New College Foundation Video Among DPI's Latest Web Highlights PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's Department of Public Instruction has released its latest group of web highlights, which includes a College Foundation video and data on suspensions and expulsion.

The highlights are:
1. State Superintendent Introduces New CFNC Resource 
Dr. Atkinson takes to the airwaves in a new video that highlights the College Foundation of North Carolina's latest online resource Let Me Tell You (LMTY). LMTY offers more than 3,000 videos for college-bound students, their parents and school counselors. To view the video and learn more about LMTY, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/statesuperintendent/news/multimedia/video/.
2. Webinars, Frequently Asked Questions New to Governor's Teacher Network
Webinars for teachers and principals that provide an overview of the Governor's Teachers Network are available on the Web at http://www.ncpublicschools.org//rttt/gtn/. The webinars highlight the structure of the program, why the initiative is important to educators and administrators, and important dates to remember. A question and answer session with participants at the end of the webinar also is included. If you don't find the answers to your questions in the webinars, check out the recently updated Frequently Asked Questions section at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/rttt/gtn/faq/.
3. Consolidated Data Report for 2012-13 on the Web
The Consolidated Data Report is an annual report that includes data for school crime and violence, suspensions and expulsions, use of corporal punishment, and dropout rates. To view the Consolidated Data Report for 2012-13, plus associated tables for crime and violence, and dropout counts for districts, schools, gender and race, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/research/dropout/reports.
 4. December 2013 Child Count Now Online
The Exceptional Children December 2013 Child Count report is available on the Exceptional Children website at http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/reports-data/child-count/reports. The Child Count report is an unduplicated count of all children with disabilities, and children identified as academically or intellectually gifted. The December report includes students, ages 3-21, who receive special education and related services according to an Individualized Education Plan or service plan. 
5. School District Personnel Support Now District Human Resources
The School Personnel Support Section recently changed its name to District Human Resources. A new website highlights the changes to the section as well as features familiar information for school district human resources personnel. Check out the new website at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/district-humanresources/. Don't forget to update your bookmark to reflect the new address.
6. Holocaust Council Website Redesign Features New Look, Navigation
The Holocaust Council website received a makeover recently featuring a fresh look with new navigation that makes it easier to find teacher and student resources and important dates. Take a look at what's new by visiting http://www.ncpublicschools.org/holocaust-council/. Don't forget to change your bookmark to reflect the new address. 
7. Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program Information on the Web
The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is a federal program created to encourage educators to enter and continue in the teaching profession in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families. To learn more about the loan forgiveness programs available for teachers in North Carolina, please visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/program-monitoring/loan-forgiveness/.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:42
Initiative To Close Skills Gap Gives Community Colleges Flexibility With Funds PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 April 2014 11:20

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Now that the state's community colleges have saved $16.8 million, Gov. Pat McCrory is recommending the colleges have the flexibility to put the funds to work for training in high-demand fields. The goal, the governor said on Thursday, is to close the gap between job openings and skills in the labor force.

“This is all about putting North Carolinians in good-paying jobs as soon as possible,” the governor said. “More importantly, the decisions on how to invest the funds will be made at the local level to directly connect the training to the area economy.”
The governor made the announcement at Catawba Valley Community College near Hickory. He was joined by Dr. Scott Ralls, North Carolina Community College System president and Catawba Valley president Dr. Garrett Hinshaw. 
According to a statement from the governor's office, under the governor’s “Closing the Skills Gap” initiative, each community college will decide how it will invest the money, such as updating equipment or providing salary supplements to faculty. The decision will be based on the needs of the communities and the employers they serve.  
The occupations targeted by the community colleges provide local employment opportunities and are in growing industries that pay higher wages. Local employment and skills demand input collected by the community colleges was correlated with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
Another distinction of the “Closing the Skills” program is it will focus on jobs that do not necessarily require graduate or undergraduate degrees. Recent research by the Brookings Institution found that half of the occupations in high-demand STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) don’t require a four-year degree and pay an average $53,000 annual wage. This wage is higher than the average wage in nearly every county served by the state’s 58 community colleges. 
Targeted Occupations Covered Under “Closing the Skills Gap” Initiative:
Health Sciences
• Nurses
• Dental Hygienists
• Dental Assistants
• Dental Laboratory Technicians
• Occupational Therapy Assistant
• Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant
• Radiation Therapists
• Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
• Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
• Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology/Technician
• Nuclear Medicine Technologists
• Radiologic Technologists
•Surgical Technologists
Biological, Chemical, and Biotechnology
• Biological Technicians
• Chemical Technicians
• Chemical Plant and System Operators
• Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
Manufacturing, Production, and Installation
• Machinists and Precision Metal Workers
• Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technician
• Medical Equipment Repairers
• Industrial Machine Mechanics
• Machine Maintenance Workers
• Electrical Power-Line Transmission Installers
• Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
•Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
•Civil Engineering Technicians
•Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
•Electro-Mechanical Technicians
•Industrial Engineering Technicians
•Mechanical Engineering Technicians
•Nuclear and Industrial Radiologic Technicians
•Architectural and Civil Drafters
•Electrical and Electronics Drafters
•Mechanical Drafters
•Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection
•Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
•Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technicians
•Construction Equipment Operators and Operating Engineers 
• Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
• Air Transportation
• Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
• Automotive Body and Related Repairers
• Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
• Avionics Technicians
• Bus and Truck Mechanics
• Diesel Engine Specialists
• Boat Mechanics and Service Technicians
• Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:21
North Carolina Receives National Accolades For School Bus Clean Air Program PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 19:10


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina's Clean School Bus Program has received accolades from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 18-year program aims to improve air quality at the state's public schools.
The program has used a combination of policy, technology, outreach and transportation efforts to reduce students’ exposure to harmful air pollution from cars and school buses since the mid-1990s. 
A key goal of the program, according to the state, was to reduce air emissions from older school buses, which often are powered by diesel engines that can produce harmful emissions. Nearly 800,000 students travel on buses in 115 school systems across the state. State and local agencies have used nearly $3.6 million in grants to install pollution controls on older buses or replace them with new, cleaner models. 
State and local agencies used grants to help retrofit 1,854 buses with exhaust controls for removing harmful emissions at school systems across the state. The grants also helped replace or repower an additional 37 buses with cleaner-burning alternatives, such as hybrid gas-electric buses. DAQ estimates that these technological improvements have reduced annual bus emissions by 3.4 tons for nitrogen oxides and 9.1 tons for particle pollution.
State efforts to reduce unnecessary idling help to conserve fuel in addition to reducing air pollution. New and retrofitted buses often achieve better gas mileage in addition to cleaner emissions. DPI estimates that new school buses average about10 percent better fuel economy based on a comparison of 1,024 school buses meeting 2010 emissions standards compared with 1,756 similar buses/engines meeting 2007 emissions standards.  

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