Month: February 2013

Increase Access to Career/Technical Education Bill Passes General Assembly

North Carolina General Assembly members voted in support of  SB 14  Increase Access to Career/Technical Education.  The bill directs the State Board of Education to issue diplomas beginning in the 2014-15 school year to carry new seals endorsing graduates as career ready, college ready or both.  The bill is now on its way to the Governor for signature.

North Carolina Celebrates School Bus Driver Appreciation Week

February 11-15, 2013, has been proclaimed “School Bus Driver Appreciation Week” by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. School communities and citizens are urged to support the American School Bus Council’s Love the Bus program. According to the proclamation, more than 13,000 school buses carry more than 790,000 students to and from school every day across North Carolina. State Superintendent June Atkinson will ride the bus to Ellenboro Elementary School (813 Piney Mountain Church Road, Ellenboro) with students on February 14, 2013, and take part in a morning program to thank school bus drivers. Read the Proclamation. Learn about NC Bus …

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Helpful NC Education Budget Summary

This morning, the North Carolina General Assembly staff presented a helpful education budget summary for legislators to review.  This summary highlights where education funding comes from and how it is spent.

Increase Access to Career Technical Education Bill Passes Senate

Senate Bill 14 Increase Access to Career and Technical Education passed the Senate on Thursday and will now move to the House for consideration.  The bill directs schools to develop curriculums that focus more on career and technical education and would provide an endorsement with a high school diploma as “college ready,” “career ready,” or both.

Night with the Canes Benefits NCPTA Family Involvement Programs

The North Carolina PTA has teamed up again with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring you a special opportunity! Purchase deeply discounted tickets while also helping NCPTA support family involvement programs. Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers March 2, 2013 7 p.m. PNC Arena Raleigh, NC Hurry! Deadline for discounted tickets is Monday, Feb. 25. Learn more.

Advocacy Webinar – Policy Updates and Advocacy Tools

Join us for a brief webinar on Feb. 22, 2013 at 1 PM EST. Register Now! Ashley Perkinson, North Carolina PTA lobbyist, will share news from the North Carolina General Assembly’s long session and also give tips on effective ways to advocate. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

State Superintendent Highlights Curriculum Changes

A message from June Atkinson, State Superintendent, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction In our workplaces and in technology, we all adapt to change on a regular basis. In education, this means that we are constantly looking ahead to make sure that what we teach and how we teach are aligned to help students prepare and thrive. In your children’s schools this year, teachers and principals have been making some big changes to help us make sure we are preparing students with the skills they will need when they graduate. That’s why our curriculum is different this year. The new …

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PTAs Win Gold Key Membership Award from NCPTA

The North Carolina PTA annually recognizes PTAs across the state for building strong teams of parent and teacher volunteers. The Gold Key Award acknowledges teams who received the Blue Key Award for 2012-2013 and added 25 new members by January 15. Read the full list of recipients for the 2012-2013 Gold Key Award.

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