Schools

Former teacher union lobbyist comes out in support of school choice

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) President Darrell Allison announced today that the organization is teaming up with former North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Chief Lobbyist Brian Lewis to ensure all children have the opportunity to learn in an environment that works for them. “Darrell and I have participated in many public forums and media interviews in which we’ve stood on opposing sides of parental school choice,” Lewis said. “But we’ve also had – over the past many years –honest, candid conversations about how we can improve the quality of education our children receive. I have also had real personal experience around this as well, and all of this has led me to believe that if we continue to take a ‘public schools only’ approach to education, we will continue to fail our children.”

Chatham County Schools wants to hear from you

Heard about Chatham County Schools’ annual budget survey? Want to help shape the district’s funding priorities and the future of our schools? Now’s your chance to make a difference! We’re asking all our parents, employees and community members to share their views on our district and school-based programs and services in our Budget Priorities Survey. We expect we will once again be asked to do more with less, so your input is critical as we make tough decisions that will impact every student. All responses will be confidential.

School performance grades released for Chatham County Schools

North Carolina’s first School Performance Grades were released at the State Board of Education meeting today. According to the release, 65.4 percent of elementary and middle schools across the state earned a grade of C or better. For high schools, which have additional indicators of career and college readiness included in their grade, 88.8 percent earned a grade of C or better. In Chatham County Schools, over 80 percent of the 16 schools eligible for a School Performance Grade received a designation of C or better. 100 percent of Chatham County high schools earned a grade of C or better and 76 percent of middle and elementary schools earned a C or better. SAGE Academy falls under the Alternative Accountability Model.

Students attend CCCC Laser & Photonics workshop

Eighteen students recently participated in the 2014 Laser & Photonics Workshop on Central Carolina Community College’s Harnett County Campus. The students, from Coats-Erwin, Dunn, Fuquay-Varina, Harnett Central, Overhills, and SanLee middle schools, and Lafayette Elementary School, joined CCCC Laser & Photonics Lead Instructor Gary Beasley for the Fun with Lasers workshop on Saturday, Nov. 22.