Here are some updates on North Carolina Education from the last few weeks in March.
The General Assembly’s School Safety Committee met, the threats to schools continued, PTA treasurer charged with embezzlement, WCPSS Board learned nothing from Parkland and focuses on Elementary suspensions, and Superintendent Mark Johnson issued a ‘sweet challenge’.
1. 03-16-18 – Legislative Updates via the Department of Public Instruction
- Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform
- Birth-3rd Grade Interagency Council
- Select Committee on School Safety
- State Board of Education Vice Chair Buddy Collins Resigns
- HB 90 – Changes to Education and Election Laws – is now law.
2. 03-19-18 – Innovative School District Updates via Carolina Journal
Snippet from the press release:
The Innovative School District Recommends Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary
Today, at a special called meeting of the State Board of Education (SBE), held via conference call, Innovative School District (ISD) Superintendent, Dr. Eric Hall, recommended Achievement for All Children (AAC) as the operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. The State Board will consider and vote on this recommendation during their next regularly-scheduled meeting, which will take place on April 4-5.
3. 03-23-18 – Legislative Update via the Department of Public Instruction
Select Committee on School Safety met. Snippet from DPI:
Their initial focus was to review existing resources available and safety-related measures already under way in our public education system. They will use this information as a baseline to possibly begin devising legislation and appropriations that can help to improve security at schools across the state.
Materials presented during this meeting are HERE.
4. Superintendent Mark Johnson issues ‘sweet‘ challenge.
Snippet from the press release:
In a video message to teachers this morning, North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson issued a challenge intended to raise completion levels for the Teacher Working Conditions Survey. If educators reach a 95 percent rate of completion, Johnson said he will participate in next year’s Krispy Kreme Challenge, a footrace that involves running 2.5 miles, eating a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and running 2.5 miles back, all to raise money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
As of this morning, the statewide completion rate for the survey stands at 75 percent – meaning more than 90,000 school-based educators have taken the anonymous survey that is conducted every two years.
And the video:
5. Wake County School Board Learned Nothing From Parkland
Wake County schools Board members fret over suspensions in elementary grades
“I personally do not support suspension as a disciplinary tool, period,” said Jim Martin. “Suspensions take students out of a learning environment.”
Elementary school suspensions are disturbing and zero tolerance policies contribute to it, however, the Wake Board and county commissioners spent millions on the ‘suspension’ school. The Board’s solution now? More mental health workers in the district to the tune of $10 million.
6. Wake County PTA Treasurer arrested
PTA treasurer at Wake County school charged with embezzlement
The treasurer of the PTA at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina has been charged with embezzling $14,910 from the school.
Allison Leigh Lonberg, 42, of 1824 Devonridge Drive, Fuquay-Varina, was arrested Friday and held on a $10,000 unsecured bond, according to an email from town spokeswoman Susan Weis.
Weis said police suspect Lonberg, a stay-at-home mom, of writing 48 checks to herself and forging the signature of the PTA’s president because the checks required two signatures.
7. The new #MeToo Continues with more School Threats
- N.C. man arrested for threat of school shooting followed to Hillsville Elementary
- Sheriff: 13-year-old girl threatened teacher with Knife, Also Had Handgun in Bookbag
- Threats Lockdown 3 Wake Forest Schools
- School officials say 2 West Henderson students arrested, charged with communicating a threat
- Hickory Ridge student charged with making a bomb threat
Other NC Ed Updates:
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