January 25, 2015Education

WHEREAS, every student in the State of North Carolina should have the right to the highest-quality schools possible; and


WHEREAS, citizens across the State of North Carolina agree that improving the quality of education in the State of North Carolina and expanding access to highly effective schools is an issue of importance to our state’s leaders; and


WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina recognizes the critical role that an effective and accountable system of education plays in preparing all students in the State of North Carolina to be successful adults in a global economy; and


WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina has a multitude of high-quality public schools, magnet schools, public charter schools, home schools and nonpublic schools; and


WHEREAS, educational variety not only helps to diversify our economy, but also enhances the vibrancy of our state; and


WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina has many high-quality teaching professionals in public, private and charter schools across the State of North Carolina who are committed to educating children; and,


WHEREAS, the vital cause of education reform is one that transcends ideology and political party affiliation; and


WHEREAS, research in the State of North Carolina and across our nation demonstrates conclusively that providing children with multiple schooling options improves academic performance; and


WHEREAS, School Choice Week is a nationally celebrated event, and during this week we join with millions of parents, educators, schools and organizations around the country to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options that challenge and motivate all our students to succeed;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim January 25-31, 2015, as “SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this fourteenth day of January in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.        


                                                                                                                                                                        PAT McCRORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Governor

  • January 15, 2015 • Education, • Ethics and Accountability

    Raleigh, N.C. -  Governor Pat McCrory has invited all state employees and the public to the Annual State Employees Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance. The program, which will be held Friday, January 16, begins at 12 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street.


    The theme of this year’s program is “The Civil Rights Movement in Words and Music: From Slavery to Freedom.”


    “In honoring Dr. King, we wish to honor the heritage of music and words that has sustained generations and offered a powerful building block toward understanding,” Governor McCrory said.


    The Governor’s Office has partnered with the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the North Carolina Arts Council for the program. Bill Myers, a 2014 N.C. Heritage Award recipient and Dick Knight, both members of the group The Monitors, will perform My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord. Both musicians are part of the Arts Council’s African American Music Trails project.


    “I am honored to participate in the governor's observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday,” said Susan Kluttz, secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. “As we celebrate Dr. King's life, we are reminded that our state is made up of people of different races and cultures. Recognizing and honoring those differences help us fulfill Dr. King's dream of peace.”


    The event will also feature performances by the Bennett College Choir, Shaw University Choir and remarks from Governor McCrory, Secretary Kluttz and a keynote address by John W. Franklin of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


    The program is open to the public. The Martin Luther King Commission will host a bell ringing ceremony prior to the noon program at Bicentennial Plaza at 11 a.m.

  • Agreement would pave way for destination park in Raleigh

    January 12, 2015 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced today that state and municipal leaders have tentatively agreed to a deal that would sell the Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh.  


    “This agreement allows the creation of a destination park in our state capital,  protects state taxpayers and continues to honor the legacy of Dorothea Dix,” said Governor McCrory.


    Mayor McFarlane added that the purchase of Dorothea Dix Park “marks a significant moment for the City of Raleigh.”


    “A centrally located urban park in Downtown Raleigh will spur economic development and provide open space and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors but more importantly, this acquisition secures and preserves property that has historic significance not only for the city but the entire state of North Carolina,” said Mayor McFarlane.


    The 307-acre property, which contains the Dorothea Dix Hospital and dozens of administrative buildings now used by state agencies, is located near downtown Raleigh on the south side of Western Boulevard east of Centennial Boulevard. The site has primarily served as a mental health treatment facility since the first patient was admitted in 1856. However, the hospital was closed in 2012 after most services were transferred to the Central Regional Hospital in Butner. Under the terms of the proposed sale, the State will retain the use of the property that currently contains office buildings used by the Department of Health and Human Services. 


    The proposed purchase price for the property is $52 million. The City of Raleigh has until December 31, 2015 to identify a definitive source of funding. 


    The agreement is subject to final approval by the North Carolina Council of State and the Raleigh City Council.


    The terms of the proposed sale can be found here.

  • December 23, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC- Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Eric Davis of Mecklenburg County to the State Board of Education.

    "Eric Davis has a strong background in education oversight, having previously served as chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and on the CMS Superintendent's Standards Review Committee," said Governor McCrory. "We look forward to his work on the Board and the valuable insights he has gleaned from one of the state's largest school systems."

    Davis was elected to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education in 2009 representing District 5, serving as chair of the Board from 2009-11. He is a senior vice president with Wells Fargo Corporate Real Estate Group.

    Davis served as a combat engineer officer and Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

    He and his wife Adrienne have two children. Davis attended CMS schools growing up.

    Once seated, Davis will serve an unexpired term ending March 31, 2021.

  • December 8, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory congratulated students and teachers in Angier, Burlington, Coats and Dunn today upon receiving$20,000 Innovate Learning Grants from Verizon. The grants highlight the importance of STEM education and promote opportunities to study STEM subjects and achieve in these fields. Angier Elementary School in Angier, Hillcrest Elementary in Burlington, Coats Elementary School in Coats and Harnett Primary in Dunn are among 80 underserved public schools across the country who will receive the grant from Verizon.


    "I would like to thank Verizon for its generous grants. North Carolina has the talent and the work ethic to continue to produce nation's premier scientists and engineers," Governor McCrory said. "I'm confident in our students and their ability to excel in STEM subjects and look forward to the strides these schools will make as they champion STEM education. Closing the skills gap in our state between employers and our workforce depends greatly on fostering interest in STEM subjects and other areas at a young age." 


    According to Verizon, schools will use its Verizon Innovate Learning grants for teacher professional development or programs that leverage new technologies like 3D printing and robotics, as well as coding. 


    "We created this program to boost innovative STEM initiatives in underserved schools nationwide, and we salute the 80 schools chosen to receive these grants," Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon's vice president of global corporate citizenship and president of the Verizon Foundation said in a statement. "These schools' programs will expose more students in underserved schools to STEM fields, offering them hands-on, project-based learning opportunities to help increase their interest and achievement in STEM."


    To learn more about the grants, visit:

  • November 6, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory met with members of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education at its All-Member Meeting today at the Governor’s Mansion. During the meeting, Governor McCrory stressed initiatives like NCWorks, a program that creates a stronger alignment of services and resources to meet the workforce needs of businesses in order to get more people in jobs, the “1000 in 100” statewide listening tour, and unique partnerships between community colleges and businesses.


    “NCBCE members are crucial partners when it comes to connecting commerce and education, closing the skills gap, and growing our economy, and I thank them for their continued dedication and hard work,” said Governor McCrory.


    Governor McCrory specifically highlighted a partnership between Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and NCBCE members Gerber Collison and Nationwide Insurance. Dr. Larry Keen, president of FTCC, said he looked for input after learning from local body shops that there was of a labor shortage in the collision repair industry. Keen worked with Paul Gage, an industry veteran to develop curriculum and lead a new associate degree program in advanced collision repair at FTCC. According to the Fayetteville Observer, the inaugural class, which started in August of 2014, already has well-paying jobs waiting after graduation. Gage said graduates can expect to make a starting salary of about $45,000 and some can earn upward of $100,000. For more information on the program, please click here


    “It is so encouraging to see business and education leaders working together to identify skills gaps and then fill them by creating programs just like the one at Fayetteville Tech. With more and more programs like this throughout our state, we will continue to get people back to work,” continued Governor McCrory.


    Located in the Office of the Governor, the NCBCE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit comprised of North Carolina’s corporate experts. NCBCE is the leadership organization that connects businesses, educators, students and policy makers to support workforce development ensuring North Carolina has a vibrant economy. For more information on the NCBCE, visit

  • October 31, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after a slight drop in teacher turnover was reported in the Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession which is issued by the Department of Public Instruction. The overall turnover rate was 14.12 percent in 2013-14 out of a teacher workforce of 96,010 teachers. The turnover rate was 14.33 percent in 2012-13. 


    “I am proud of the progress we made to raise pay for North Carolina teachers. However, we still have a long way to go. Teaching is difficult work and we need to continue to respect and reward our teachers to keep them in the profession," Governor McCrory said. “The next step is to work with the General Assembly to create career opportunities and choices that help retain our excellent teachers and ensure there is a high-quality educator leading every North Carolina classroom.”


    Although the overall rate declined, the governor expressed concern over high turnover among specific populations of teachers:


    “We saw the highest turnover in our rural counties and among STEM and special education teachers. These are areas of critical need, and ones I will continue to focus on moving forward. We must strengthen incentives for teachers to work in our highest-need subjects and schools.”


    The Department of Public Instruction’s Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession will be submitted to the General Assembly and can be found here.

  • October 28, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory announced today that North Carolina will lead a National  Innovation Community, a coalition of 25 states and counting that will collaborate to bring innovative ideas and practices to government technology.  The Community was established as a resource for technology leaders who sought to replicate the success of North Carolina’s Innovation Center (iCenter). It will be led by State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes.


    “North Carolina is a national leader in using innovative technology to make government more efficient and customer-friendly,” said Governor McCrory. “We look forward to sharing our experiences and learning from other states as we all work to improve the service we offer our citizens.” 


    The Innovation Center is a “try before you buy” working lab where state employees, students and private industry evaluate technology before the state commits to buying it.  


    More than $6 million worth of technology has been tested at the iCenter at no cost to the state, allowing agencies make better-informed decisions about how to invest their technology dollars. The iCenter has also led to savings of approximately $1.4 million a year in storage costs and $7 million in renegotiated IT contracts.


    “In the year since the Innovation Center opened, we’ve tested more than twenty technology projects”, said State CIO Estes. “Imagine the impact we could have around the country with another 25 states joining that effort.” 


    For more information, visit and follow @ncicenter and @PatMcCroryNC on Twitter. 



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