Press Releases

State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces Launch of Statewide School Safety Anonymous Reporting System for 2019-20

Thursday, May 30, 2019

NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the state education agency has contracted with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to provide a statewide Say Something Anonymous Reporting System in the 2019-20 school year. The Say Something program, including an anonymous mobile tip app, is a school safety program designed to change and save lives by teaching students, educators, and administrators how to recognize the signs and signals of those who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others and to anonymously report this information through the mobile tip app, the website or the telephone crisis hotline.

Three NC Schools Win National Green Ribbon Honors

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Schools in the Wake and Cumberland county public school districts and a private school in Durham are among 35 schools nationwide named today as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools for their efforts to reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

N.C. Student Chefs Win Regional Competition

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A student culinary team from Apex High in Wake County won first place in the Southeast Jr. Chef Competition earlier this month for their grilled chicken street tacos with mango salsa, seasoned black beans and cilantro lime rice. The team of two students, Amanda Marrott and Alyssa Townsend, represented North Carolina in the second annual regional competition held May 9-10 at Sullivan University in Kentucky.

Edgecombe County School Leader Named 2019 NC Principal of the Year

Friday, May 10, 2019

Matthew Bristow-Smith, a past regional teacher of the year who has led Edgecombe Early College High School to high student performance for the last five years, was named Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year at an awards luncheon today in Cary.

Second-Grade Teacher in Moore County Schools Wins NC's Top Honors

Friday, April 12, 2019

Mariah Morris, a second-grade teacher at West Pine Elementary School in Pinehurst, was named the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today in Cary. Morris was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state's eight education districts and charter schools.

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.

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