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Three Teachers Earn NCBCE Development Awards PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 10:12

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) announced the first recipients of the Governor’s Educator Discovery Award. Seth Hardison, Amanda Hoke and Emily Warnke will each receive a $1,000 award to help them pursue professional development opportunities.

“Teaching is a challenging, inspiring career, and North Carolina’s hardworking educators deserve the opportunity to pursue specialized training and professional development,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. “This award will serve both our educators and students by connecting them to future career opportunities and exhilarating enrichment activities.”

The Governor’s Educator Discovery Award was created to support North Carolina educators in their professional development at all phases of their careers. The award provides a stipend of up to $1,000 for preK-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers to pursue a professional development experience of their choosing.

The Governor’s Educator Discovery Award was granted to the following recipients:

Seth Hardison, visual design in career and technical education (CTE) teacher at Green Hope High School in Cary. Hardison will use his Educators Discovery Award to attend Adobe MAX—The Creativity Conference in Los Angeles, where he will learn more about the software in his curriculum and collaborate with developers, designers and other educators from around the county.

Amanda Hoke, music teacher at Forest Hills Global Elementary School in Wilmington. Hoke will participate in the Carolina Kodály Institute at Lenoir Rhyne University. This opportunity will support Forest Hill’s commitment to music literacy and intercultural engagement.

Emily Warnke, teacher at Winget Park Elementary School in Charlotte. She will attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2019 Conference to learn how to revolutionize technology in the classroom.

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) is a business-led, education non-profit (501-c3) that operates out of the Office of the Governor. Since 1983, NCBCE has provided a critical link between North Carolina business leaders and the state’s education decision makers, helping to create connections between the education curriculum and the overall work readiness of people across the state.

“The NCBCE Board members were impressed with the submissions of the finalists,” said Caroline Sullivan, Executive Director of NCBCE. “North Carolina is fortunate to have such talented and innovative teachers who are eager to continually improve their teaching practices to expand their students’ horizons.”

To be eligible for the Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards, teachers submit a proposal that includes details about their teaching experience and the professional development activity they wish to pursue. Applicants also need to describe how their participation in the professional development experience will enhance their efforts to create a work-based learning activity for their students.

The next round of applications will be available February 1, 2019 with selections announced April 30, 2019.  Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of business leaders and educators. Awardees will be notified of their selection via email at the address provided in their application.

The Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards are funded by NCBCE member companies. NCBCE hopes to raise additional funds to expand the program in future years.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2019 10:24
Senators Announce $2 Billion School Construction And Maintenance Funding Plan PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:45
Senators Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), Harry Brown (R-Onslow), and Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston) today announced a $2.03 billion funding plan for school construction and maintenance over the next nine years. 
The proposal, called the Building N.C.'s Future Act, would provide dedicated resources from the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund (SCIF) to meet the growing need for construction of new schools and maintenance of existing schools. 
The legislature created the SCIF in 2017 to finance interest payments on existing bonds and to fund capital improvements to state-owned buildings (i.e., state agencies and UNC). Under current law, the SCIF has approximately $237 million available this year, but the annual availability is projected to grow significantly in the coming years as the state pays down its debt. By 2028, the SCIF will have close to $1 billion available each year.
The Building N.C.'s Future Act will allocate an additional 0.5% to the SCIF from the General Fund tax revenue each year, and dedicate one-third of the SCIF to K-12 schools capital. The remaining 2/3 of the SCIF will be divided equally between the UNC system/community colleges and state agencies. 
This change will result in $2.03 billion in dedicated funding for K-12 schools capital over the next nine years, with zero interest payments. 
By comparison, a $1.9 billion school bond would dedicate $1.9 billion to K-12 schools capital over 10 years but cost $3.1 billion over 30 years because of interest payments, according to the non-partisan Fiscal Research Division based on the latest recommendations from the Debt Affordability Advisory Committee.
Senator Harry Brown (R-Onslow), a bill sponsor, said, "The Building N.C.'s Future Act provides more money faster and at a lower cost than any alternatives." 
Senator Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston), another bill sponsor, said, "It's not often that we can unveil a plan that provides more investments in schools at a lower cost than the alternative, but we've put a lot of thought into this idea and we think it's the best option." 
Senator Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), the third bill sponsor, said, "We look forward to working with our colleagues in the House and the executive branch to make this proposal a reality." 
The bill also allows districts to use capital funding to come into compliance with the decreasing teacher-student ratio for K-3 classes. The data shows that smaller class sizes help students learn better, which is why legislators have decreased the maximum teacher-student ratio over the past several years.
Bottom Line: This bill provides more funding to K-12 schools faster and at a lower cost.
UNC System Interim President Names Transition Team PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 January 2019 11:11

University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper has engaged eight individuals with a wide range of expertise to serve as members of his transition team.

The UNC System office is in the process of executing contracts, totaling a combined $70,000 per month, with five of these individuals on a monthly basis. These include:

·        Chris McClure, government relations advisor, Brooks Pierce Law Firm (transition team co-chair)

·        Sen. Pete Brunstetter, former state senator and general counsel for Novant Health Systems (transition team co-chair)

·        Jim Blaine, principal, The Differentiator Group

·        Bernadette Gray-Little, 17th chancellor of the University of Kansas and former provost at UNC-Chapel Hill

·        Charles Leffler, former vice chancellor for finance and administration at NC State University

Three persons will serve in an executive capacity, on loan from their respective agencies:

·        Carol Lewis, executive director, UNC Center for Health Innovation

·        Andy Willis, chief of staff, UNC Health Care

·        Dan Gerlach, executive director, Golden LEAF Foundation

Each of these contractual arrangements is structured on a month-to-month basis. The team will serve Interim President Roper for an interim period while he transitions to a new role.  

“I am extremely grateful to these well-qualified professionals who have agreed to temporarily step in and assist me during the transition period,” said Interim President Roper. “I am hopeful and optimistic that this transition period will be a smooth process and am proud to have their knowledge and experience while I have the opportunity.”


Last Updated on Monday, 21 January 2019 11:13
UNC Chancellor Folt Told To Leave By January 31 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:38

The UNC Board of Governors voted to accept UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt’s resignation effective January 31, 2019. The Board authorized UNC System Interim President Roper to appoint an interim chancellor at such time as he deems appropriate.


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