Press Releases

State Education Leaders Thank Those Who Have Supported FAST NC, the Effort to Aid Schools Affected by Hurricane Florence

Thursday, April 4, 2019

This week marks the six-month anniversary of the creation of FAST NC, the bipartisan initiative led by current and former education leaders to combine efforts and raise funds in response to Hurricane Florence. Dubbed “Florence: Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina (FAST NC),” the unprecedented effort has helped schools return to normal following the devastating storm.

Students and Parents Team Up for Family Code Night

Monday, March 11, 2019

Elementary school students and their parents will team up to learn computer coding Tuesday evening at the Friday Institute for Education Innovation during an event to kick off North Carolina Family Code Nights, a program available to all elementary schools statewide to host their own “code night” this spring.

Schools Honored with Breakfast Challenge Awards

Friday, March 8, 2019

Nine schools across North Carolina were recently recognized at the N.C. Child Hunger Leaders Conference with N.C. School Breakfast Challenge Awards for using innovative strategies to increase participation in School Breakfast Programs and ensuring that their students start each day with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast Challenge Winners are the top three schools at each level - elementary, middle and high - that achieved the highest percentage increases in School Breakfast Program participation. The 2018 N.C. Breakfast Challenge winners achieved increases in School Breakfast Program participation in the range of 22 to 62 percent.

8 Teams Advance to Second N.C. Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off

Friday, March 1, 2019

High school students from across North Carolina are putting on their chef’s hats to cook up creative school lunch recipes for the second N.C. Jr. Chef Competition. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts courses will meet in a cook-off April 1 at the Piedmont Food & Agriculture Processing Center in Hillsborough. Based on a review of all applications and recipes submitted, the following teams were selected for the cook-off phase of the competition:

DPI Joins Businesses for Students@Work℠ Month

Friday, March 1, 2019

State Superintendent Mark Johnson joins Gov. Roy Cooper and North Carolina’s business community in recognizing March as Students@Work℠ Month. This statewide career-awareness effort offers students the chance to hear from guest speakers, take part in worksite visits or engage in virtual programs to begin exploring potential careers.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces the #NC2030 plan to make North Carolina the best place to learn and teach by 2030

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Surrounded by hundreds of teachers, school and district leaders, business and community leaders, and lawmakers, State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced his “#NC2030” plan Tuesday, a detailed strategy that will ensure North Carolina’s public schools are the best place to learn and teach by 2030. Tactics of the comprehensive strategy include continuing to increase teacher compensation, eliminating high-stakes standardized testing through personalized learning, recruiting our best and brightest to the teaching profession, providing more local flexibility to school districts, encouraging all viable career pathways for students, and investing in school construction, pre-K and kindergarten-readiness programs, and better support for beginning teachers.

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