North Carolina State Board of Education en Common Core 'Inappropriate For Schools' - Lawmakers Seek To Replace Standards <div><p>State lawmakers are moving forward with a proposal to get rid of the Common Core standards in North Carolina classrooms. The House Education Committee voted on Tuesday in favor of a bill that would come up with new Math and English standards. Common Core was initially adopted by 45 states and set high goals for what students across the country should be able to do before they move on to the next grade. But opponents of the standards say they are not developmentally appropriate for children and that they take control away from the state.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:27:50 +0000 Reema Khrais 36647 at Common Core 'Inappropriate For Schools' - Lawmakers Seek To Replace Standards Moving Ahead With Teacher Contracts <p><a href=""><span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;</span>The State Board of Education</a> is expected to approve a model employment contract for teachers this week, as teacher tenures will end within the next few years.&nbsp;</p><p>The model is expected to give local school boards some guidance when drafting their own pacts with teachers.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Reema Khrais 26789 at Moving Ahead With Teacher Contracts Arapahoe, Other Charters, One Step Closer To Expansion <p>Arapahoe Charter School - and others across the state - will soon be able to grow by one grade per year without seeking approval from the State Board of Education.</p><p>Language was changed in&nbsp;<a href=";BillID=h250">HB 250</a> earlier this month that included the one-grade expansion provision without much warning. It cleared both the Senate and the House yesterday.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:05:03 +0000 Dave DeWitt 19111 at Arapahoe, Other Charters, One Step Closer To Expansion State Board Hears McCrory's Five Pathways Plan <p>Governor Pat McCrory is pushing a <a href="">Five Pathways plan</a> to improve education.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plan is broad and affects all levels of public education in North Carolina, from early childhood education to Universities.</span></p><p>Eric Guckian, the Governor’s Education Advisor, presented the plan to the State Board of Education today. He highlighted one of the five pathways: &nbsp;growing “innovative learning options” for families.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 18696 at State Board Hears McCrory's Five Pathways Plan New Charter Schools Approved <p>Nine new charter schools have been approved by the State Board of Education. They were fast-tracked after the legislature eliminated the cap on charter schools last summer.<br><br><strong>Dave DeWitt:</strong> All nine schools were eventually approved by the State Board of Education, after some discussion. Many of the questions raised came from State Treasurer Janet Cowell, who wondered, among other things, about the future bond ratings for school districts that lose students to charters.<br><br>But in the end, the separate votes on each school were mostly unanimous.<br> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 3169 at State School Board Slams GOP Budget <p></p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">&nbsp;The State Board of Education voted unanimously on a resolution that sharply criticizes the budget passed by the state senate today. They say it will lead to thousands of teachers and teacher assistants being laid off.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 20:40:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 8720 at