Press Releases

State Superintendent Mark Johnson Declares September School Safety Month in North Carolina

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Joined by state legislators, school administrators, law enforcement officials and members of the mental health professionals, State Superintendent Mark Johnson proclaimed September as School Safety Month in North Carolina, pointing to the importance of school safety and highlighting efforts to ensure all North Carolina students have a safe and productive school year.

N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction announces additions to leadership team

Thursday, August 30, 2018

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced three new additions to the leadership team at the Department of Public Instruction today. Kathryn Johnston will serve as the newly created deputy superintendent of operations, Michael Wells will be the director of federal programs, and Barbara Roper will be the new chief financial officer.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces changes to help reduce testing for North Carolina's youngest students

Monday, August 27, 2018

As many students in North Carolina public schools begin school this week, State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced that he has taken steps to reduce the time spent testing for many of the state’s youngest scholars. The move follows a survey (pdf, 101kb) Johnson sent to teachers last school year that showed that 76 percent of North Carolina teachers think their students are tested too much.

N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute Helps Improve School Meals Statewide

Friday, August 17, 2018

School nutrition managers from across North Carolina have had the opportunity this summer to participate in regional K-12 Culinary Institute workshops. The School Nutrition Services Section of the Department of Public Instruction designed the institute to increase the availability of appealing, nutritious meals at school.

Eligibility Requirements Announced for National School Lunch Program

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction today announced the 2018-19 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy for free and reduced-price meals for children enrolled in North Carolina’s schools. The federally assisted school nutrition programs help ensure all students have access to wholesome, nutritious, appealing meals at school.

All NC K-3 Classrooms Get iPads to Support Literacy Instruction

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

As part of the state’s Read to Achieve program, State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has provided new Apple iPads for every public school K-3 reading teacher in the state to support K-3 literacy. The iPads, which were purchased in June and delivered in time for school districts and charter schools to distribute to early-grades reading teachers before the start of the school year, will help teachers monitor students’ reading growth and identify where students need help. Each classroom will also receive a new set of books for students.

16 Districts Share $800,000 in Coding and Mobile App Grants

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Monday that 16 districts have been awarded grants totaling $800,000 under the second round of the Coding and Mobile App Development Grant Program that was launched last year with funding from the General Assembly.

NC Students Shine at Leadership and Skills Conference

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

More than 460 North Carolina students from 41 high schools and 17 community colleges traveled to Louisville, Ky., earlier this summer as the third-largest delegation to attend the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which drew more than 17,000 participants in all from every state and U.S. territory.

Hertford Driver, Pitt Technician Win NC Bus Competition

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Hertford County school bus driver and Pitt County bus technician won top honors at North Carolina’s annual School Bus ROADeo and Technician Inspection Competition held earlier this summer as part of the 2018 NC Pupil Transportation Summer Transposium in Charlotte.

Governor's School Enlivens Learning for Students from Across North Carolina

Thursday, June 28, 2018

This summer, 670 of North Carolina’s most academically gifted and creative rising high school juniors and seniors are exploring cutting-edge ideas and concepts in academics and the arts as part of the 2018 session of the North Carolina Governor’s School. The 2018 session started June 17 and continues until July 25.

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