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NC may turn to low-performing virtual charters in response to demand for online education

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch   Last year, after four consecutive years of poor academic performance, state lawmakers rewarded North Carolina’s virtual charter school pilot program with an extension that allows its two schools to operate through the 2022-23 school year. The pilot program created in 2015 was supposed to end after the 2018-19 […]

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Isothermal Community College Receives $5,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy

Spindale – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Isothermal Community College a $5,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves. “The impact of adult literacy education extends beyond the […]

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Chase Teacher Jill Francis Wins National Award

Recently, the White House named Jill Francis, a teacher at Chase High School, a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science. With this award, Mrs. Francis will receive $10,000 from the National Science […]

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Majority of state’s 1.5 million students will start school with remote instruction

 By Greg Childress, NC POLICY WATCH Mark Johnson, State SuperintendentRoughly one million of the state’s K-12 students will attend school remotely to start the new school year, State Superintendent Mark Johnson said Tuesday. Johnson made the comment during a remote Council of State Meeting. “Right now, we’re on track for two out of every three students in our […]

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Controversy follows receipt of Paycheck Protection Program funds by public charter schools

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch At least 50 North Carolina charter schools received money from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, created to help small businesses and nonprofits stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because some charter schools also received COVID-19 relief money through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, critics have accused them […]

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Back to School Plans

Rutherford County Schools remains deeply committed both to the health and well-being of students, employees, and the broader community and to its mission to prepare all students for lifelong learning in partnership with families and communities. The Governor’s Office and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), in consultation with the State Board […]

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Deans’ List for Spring 2020 announced

  SPINDALE (July 13, 2020) – The Isothermal Community College deans of Business Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Applied Sciences and Engineering Technology, and Health and Public Services have announced the names of 344 area students who were named to the Deans’ List for Spring Semester 2020. To achieve this academic distinction, a student must be […]

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UNC System-wide petition urges a move online rather than return to campuses

 By Joe Killian, NC POLICY WATCH This week a new UNC System-wide petition is calling on the system’s leaders to reconsider a mass return to the 17 UNC campuses next month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in North Carolina.   As the state continues to post record days of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations the faculty, students […]

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Dalton will retire as Isothermal’s president

SPINDALE (June 29, 2020) — Walter Dalton, president of Isothermal Community College, will retire in February 2021, he announced Thursday. Dalton made his announcement to trustees, faculty and staff via email. The former North Carolina lieutenant governor, state senator and attorney has been president of the college since May 2013. This year, he has also […]