Press Releases

State Board Approves Operational Strategies to Help Public Schools Reopen for 2020-21

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Today, the State Board of Education approved the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina's Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools and a summary with navigation links to the full document. The operational strategies were developed by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, teachers, support staff, local education leaders, and others, to assist the state’s public schools and communities as they develop reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year.

State Board Approves Allocation of $70 million from CARES Act Funds for Remediation and Summer Bridge Programs

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The State Board of Education approved the allocation of $70 million today from federal CARES Act funds for school districts and charter schools to provide summer programs aimed at helping elementary students who were in kindergarten through fourth grades during the 2019-20 school year needing extra instruction in reading or math because of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Board Calls for Action to Eliminate Inequities and Racism

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Meeting while demonstrations nationwide continue over the death of George Floyd, members of the N.C. State Board of Education today issued an urgent call to action to eliminate inequities and racism from the state’s public schools. Board Chairman Eric Davis opened the board’s regular monthly meeting by invoking Floyd’s name as an alarming wake-up call that exposes the “systemic practices which continue to plague our nation and result in the physical and mental deaths many black and brown citizens experience every day.”

State Board Approves Requirements for 2020-21 Remote Instruction Plans

Thursday, May 21, 2020

With at least some amount of remote instruction a likely part of the 2020-21 school year, the State Board of Education today approved a set of requirements all school districts and other public schools, including charters, must meet in drafting remote instruction plans due this summer.

DPI Phone Numbers Have Changed

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Department of Public Instruction and all agency staff have new phone numbers, and starting today, previous phone numbers for individual staff members are being deactivated

Charlotte Motor Speedway to Host In-car Graduations for the Cabarrus County Class of 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Some North Carolina high school seniors are going to have an unforgettable graduation this spring. State and Cabarrus County school officials, along with the Charlotte Motor Speedway, have announced plans to hold several graduation ceremonies for the Cabarrus County Class of 2020 at the speedway.  The events will allow students to participate in an in-car graduation ceremony.  Students will receive their diplomas at the start /finish line on the track.  State Superintendent Mark Johnson made the announcement today. 

NC Public Schools Ask North Carolinians to Shine a Light for Teacher Appreciation Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tuesday May 5, 2020 is Teacher and School Staff Appreciation Day, and NC Public Schools are asking people to show their appreciation statewide in a special way.  Among many other options, families can display lights in windows, on porches or in their yards to acknowledge their appreciation for teachers and staff.  Beginning at 8:20 pm on Tuesday, families are asked to shine the light for 20 minutes.

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