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N.C. Independent Colleges & Universities Group Names Thomas West As VP For Government Relations PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Thomas R. "Tom" West, a partner in the Raleigh office of law firm Poyner Spruill LLP, has been named vice president for government relations and general counsel at North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), the statewide office for North Carolina's 36 independent, nonprofit institutions of higher education.

West begins the assignment November 1. He succeeds Timothy H. McDowell, who retired after 20 years of service to the organization. 
"Tom has worked with the General Assembly, and has focused his more than 34 years of legal experience on North Carolina regulatory matters," says A. Hope Williams, NCICU president in a statement. "He will play a key role in NCICU's continuing partnership with state government on critical issues affecting higher education."
West, who received his law degree at Duke, previously served for 11 years as an administrative law judge with the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings. 
West has served as vice chair of the board of trustees at Pfeiffer University and on the advisory board for the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. He chaired the Administrative Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and serves on the North Carolina Courts Commission. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:23
North Carolina Supreme Court to Decide on Opportunity Scholarship Appeal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 October 2014 14:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The fate of North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship program is in the hands of the state Supreme Court. On Friday the court issued an order taking the case, which had been in the hands of the Court of Appeals.

The scholarship program provides public money to low-income families who seek to educate their children outside of the traditional public school system. 
Critics have challenged the voucher program, saying it takes money from the traditional system and is unconstitutional.
North Carolina House Speaker Pro Tem Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, issued a news release in reaction to the court's decision to take the case. Stam is a champion of the Opportunity Scholarship program.
In his release, Stam stated:
"All parties should be delighted with this development because the case was ultimately headed for the NC Supreme regardless of the decision by the NC Court of Appeals.  This will expedite the decision regarding this appeal case."
Nearly 2,000 applicants -- 1,878 -- have received funds. Those who applied for scholarships for Spring 2015 have their requests on hold.
"We are grateful for the decision," Stam said in the release. "We thank the nearly 300 schools that continue to work with parents to allow students to attend the school of their choice while waiting for the distribution of scholarship money.  We remain confident the Opportunity Scholarship program will be permitted to expand, allowing more parents to send their children to the school of their choice."
Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 14:44
DPI: N.C. SAT Scores Show Improvement In 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 04:41


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina students have improved their performance on the test taken by millions each year as they eye entry into college.
The state Department of Public Instruction says 2014 seniors posted an average SAT college admission score of 1483, up four points overall from the Class of 2013’s average score.
The data comes from The College Board. 
The national average is 1497 on the Critical Reading, Math and Writing tests that comprise the SAT.
North Carolina’s critical reading score (499) surpassed the nation’s reading score (497). The math score in North Carolina was 507 while the nation’s math average was 513. On the writing test, North Carolina’s average was 477 versus the national average of 487.
The number of seniors taking the SAT in 2014 (57,997) dropped slightly from 2013. A total of 64 percent of seniors took the exam statewide. 
State Board Of Education’s Summative Assessment Task Force Schedules First Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 04:54

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The task force set to explore options for the administration of state summative standardized tests will hold its first meeting Friday, Oct. 10.

Buddy Collins, state board vice chairman, is chairing the task force, which consists of nearly two dozen people. 
The State Board is to report its decision to the North Carolina General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by July 15, 2015. The General Assembly will ultimately approve the summative assessments, which are to be nationally normed, aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and field tested, according to the Department of Public Instruction.
Task Force members include State Superintendent June Atkinson as well as local superintendents, administrators, teachers, and testing and accountability directors. 
The meeting will be audio streamed at http://stateboard.ncpublicschools.gov/. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 04:54

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