Press Releases

Statement from State Superintendent Mark Johnson

Thursday, August 20, 2020

NC DPI has been made aware of concerns and press reports regarding a State Board of Education member’s recent Twitter comments equating swing voters and white moderates to white supremacists.  Plea

Volkswagen Settlement Helps NC Efforts to Modernize School Bus Fleet

Thursday, July 30, 2020

More than 50 school districts across North Carolina will be replacing older school buses with new, more environmentally friendly models under the state’s initial share of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s settlement with Volkswagen for unlawfully cheating on vehicle emissions.

Cumberland County Early College Science Teacher Wins NC’s Top Honors

Friday, July 10, 2020

Maureen M. Stover, a science teacher at Cumberland International Early College High School, was named the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today held outside a Cary hotel with a small group of attendees. Stover was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools.

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.

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