Department of Public Instruction en School Leaders Say Possible Cuts To DPI Could Hurt Classrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School leaders across the state say proposed cuts to the Department of Public Instruction would hurt North Carolina classrooms.</span></p><p>The Senate’s spending plan would slash DPI’s budget by 30-percent. Several school administrators say they rely on the department to help run their schools. It helps out with recruiting and evaluating teachers, and offering professional development.</p><p>Mike Dunsmore, superintendent of Tyrell County, says his district is the smallest in the state. It serves about 550 students.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 02:04:39 +0000 Reema Khrais 36724 at School Leaders Say Possible Cuts To DPI Could Hurt Classrooms Residential Schools To Stay Open <p>The State Department of Public Instruction has unveiled a plan to consolidate the three residential schools that serve deaf and blind students. The two schools in Wilson and Morganton will remain open, while the Governor Morehead School or the Blind in Raleigh will become a satellite school.</p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:10:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7192 at Speaking Out For Deaf/Blind Schools <p>The future of the state's residential schools for the deaf and blind will be the subject of a series of public hearings this month.</p><p>Families and other interested people will gather tonight in Morganton, the site of one of North Carolina's three residential schools for the deaf and blind. Until this summer, those schools were managed by the state department of health and human services. The legislature transferred oversight to the Department of Public Instruction over the summer, cut the budget, and told DPI to recommend the closing of one of the schools.</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:40:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7434 at Cameras to Record Drivers Who Pass School Buses <p>The Department of Public Instruction will put cameras on school buses to identify drivers who don't stop when children are getting on or off the bus. State law requires drivers to stop when a school bus has its "stop arm" out. The pilot program will help identify the license plates and drivers of vehicles that fail to stop. DPI Transportation Services chief Derek Graham says the cameras will help law enforcement catch "stop arm" violators.</p> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 22:00:00 +0000 WUNC News 9028 at