Press Releases

School Bus Driver Appreciation Week is Feb. 11-15

Friday, February 8, 2019

North Carolina school bus drivers will get extra attention next week during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, as schools and districts honor drivers for their important role with various events and celebrations. Nationally, February is Love the Bus month, intended to raise awareness and appreciation for the safe experience of riding the bus to and from school.

State Superintendent and NC Community College System President Proclaim February "Career Pathways Month" in North Carolina

Monday, February 4, 2019

State Superintendent Mark Johnson and North Carolina Community College System President Peter Hans have joined to proclaim the month of February "Career Pathways Month" in North Carolina. The proclamation acknowledges the many great career paths that are available to North Carolina's public school students. Superintendent Johnson and President Hans made the announcement at the North Wake College and Career Academy in Wake Forest.

Sponsors Needed to Help Ensure Students Don’t Go Hungry this Summer

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Nearly 1 million North Carolina public school students last year were eligible to receive free or reduced-priced school meals through the National School Lunch Program. But only a little more than 100,000 of them received meals during the summer months through the state’s Summer Nutrition Programs.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces Steps to Reduce Testing for Students in North Carolina

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Making good on the promise he made when he entered office, State Superintendent Mark Johnson today announced initiatives to reduce the testing currently required for students in North Carolina’s public schools. The steps come after getting feedback from parents and teachers. Recent surveys showed a high percentage feel that students are taking too many tests. These steps are in addition to changes that have already been taken over the last two years by Johnson.

NC Charter Schools Invited To Apply For Grant Funds Under New Initiative

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Under the five-year program, Advancing Charter Collaboration and Excellence for Student Success, or NC ACCESS, the Department of Public Instruction expects to award five-year grants of up to $600,000 to 10 schools this year and 40 additional schools during the next four years.

Google.org Donates $500,000 to FAST NC

Friday, December 21, 2018

State Superintendent Mark Johnson visited one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Florence today to announce major new corporate support for Florence Aid for Students and Teachers in NC (FAST NC).  FAST NC is a bi-partisan initiative created last fall after so many North Carolina Schools were affected by the storm.

Schools Win Attention for Student Gains

Friday, December 21, 2018

The academic gains North Carolina schools achieved last year are in the spotlight as communities across the state commend their schools and educators with presentations of award certificates from State Superintendent Mark Johnson.

NC Leads in National Certified Teachers

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

With 557 North Carolina teachers earning their national certification this month, North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most teachers holding the credential from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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