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Two elementary school students from North Carolina will compete Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles in the final round of the Braille Challenge, a series of events culminating in a national competition for students who are blind or visually impaired. 
N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs mascot, “Ray F. Sun,” and State Superintendent Mark Johnson visited the General Assembly today to share information about summer meals for students. The Department of Public Instruction’s School Nutrition Services section works with local schools and organizations to offer summer nutrition programs, providing children and teens with nutritious meals when school is out.
Nearly three-dozen school districts and charter schools across North Carolina will share $2.18 million in grant funding during the 2018-19 school year to advance digital-age teaching and learning through locally developed initiatives.
Nearly 110,000 educators across North Carolina shared their opinions in this year’s Teacher Working Conditions Survey, setting a record response rate of 91 percent for the state’s biennial comprehensive survey of educator perceptions that was first given in 2002.
North Carolina’s long-established Troops to Teachers program has secured a grant of more than $800,000 to continue its outreach efforts to assist service members in becoming teachers in the public schools.
A student culinary team from Clyde A. Erwin High School in Buncombe County won third place in the Southeast Jr. Chef Competition May 9-10 with their Hot Asheville Chicken with Farmers Market Salad paired with a Cool Carolina Strawberry Smoothie. The team of three students, who call themselves the Caliente Cowboys and Cowgirl, represented North Carolina in the first-ever regional competition held at Sullivan University in Kentucky.
Tabari Wallace, a Craven County school administrator who helped boost student performance at two middle schools in his district, was named Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year at an awards luncheon today in Cary. Now principal of West Craven High School, Wallace was chosen from a field of eight regional finalists named earlier this year.
A middle school teacher in Winston-Salem/Forsyth schools has won national recognition from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences as the organization’s national teacher of the year.
The State Board of Education today approved a report to the General Assembly on the results of an independent operational review of the Department of Public Instruction that includes 18 specific recommendations to help the department better support educators and students at North Carolina’s school districts and charter schools.
Thirteen North Carolina Summer Nutrition Program sponsors are among the 111 nationwide this year to receive Turnip the Beet awards, given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize outstanding providers who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing and nutritious.  This more than triples the number of awardees from the state in comparison to 2016, when the award was first given. 
Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, was named the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today in Cary. McKinney was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools.
The Caliente Cowboys and Cowgirl, a student culinary team from Clyde A. Erwin High School in Buncombe County, cooked their way to first place in the first-ever North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition, held Monday at Guilford Technical Community College.
North Carolina’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2017 largely mirrored nationwide results, with fourth and eighth graders generally performing at similar levels as 2015, when the last nationwide assessment was administered.
High school students from across North Carolina are throwing their chef’s hats into the ring to spice up school lunch. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts programs will compete in a cook-off April 9 at Guilford Technical Community College as part of the first-ever North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition.
Atkins “Trey” Michael, a 17-year veteran of the Department of Public Instruction, has been named director of Career and Technical Education for the agency.
A. L. "Buddy" Collins has resigned his seat as a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education, board Chairman Bill Cobey announced today.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced today that the Department of Public Instruction is making almost $5 million available to school districts and charter schools in North Carolina to be used for additional K-3 literacy support. Every district and charter school with early elementary grades will receive $200 for each K-3 reading teacher to purchase literacy materials.
North Carolina public schools reported fewer overall incidences of crime and violence during the 2016-17 school year from the previous year, continuing a long-term decline in numbers of offenses, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s 2016-17 Consolidated Data Report presented Wednesday the State Board of Education.
School bus drivers across North Carolina will bask in well-earned attention next week during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, as individual schools and districts recognize drivers’ key role with various events and celebrations. Nationally, February is Love the Bus month, aimed to raise awareness and appreciation for the safe experience of riding the bus to and from school.
Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year and will now compete for the state title of 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.