This week, our very own Rupen Fofaria, is publishing the first pieces in his Learning Differences Series. So far, he has released a parent's guide to help families identify whether or not their child may have a learning difference and also provides some actionable steps to take after identification. There are more pieces to come in this series. Make sure to stay tuned!
This year, there have been several firings of school leadership in districts spanning the state. To date, there have been few to no explanations for these firing decisions. The recent news that the Innovative School District Superintendent has left has resurfaced this topic. Last week, Alex Granados gave his take on the situation, which you can read here. In the meantime, we would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Every morning, over 90,000 schools and institutions serve school breakfast. These breakfasts serve over 14 million students. For almost 12 million of those students, these breakfasts are completely free. Although students have the option for breakfast at school, it doesn't mean they are always taking it. In fact, recent research shows that nationally nearly 60% of high school students skip breakfast regularly.
A bill that could have dramatically decreased the number of standardized tests North Carolina students take faltered in the Senate. Senate Bill 621 already made its way through the Senate once but was changed in the House and came back before the Senate to see if state Senators agreed with the changes. The Senate voted unanimously to reject the House changes to the bill.
North Carolina has 133 Cooperative Innovative High Schools, 90 of which have early college in their name. Early college high schools allow students to earn college credits while working towards graduation and are paired with institutions of higher education in the area, most often community colleges. Early colleges are designed to serve students who are at risk of dropping out of school, first-generation college students, and students who can use the extra attention and accelerated atmosphere provided by the schools. Ninety-seven of the state’s 115 school districts have a Cooperative Innovative High School.
Created by the General Assembly in 2016 and envisioned as a partnership between local school districts and the UNC system, lab schools are designed to identify strategies to improve performance at struggling schools while creating opportunities to better prepare prospective teachers. There are 5 lab schools in operation, with 4 more opening in the coming year. UNC system institutions operate the traditional public schools with charter-like flexibility. Do you think this is a model North Carolina should continue? Weigh in on our question of the week.