• October 24, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - On Monday afternoon, Governor Pat McCrory will join former Governor James G. Martin as he donates personal and historical artifacts to the North Carolina Museum of History. Some of the objects being donated include a Rubik’s Cube from 1984, the former First Lady’s Mansion Book, the Bible used at the 1989 inauguration, a Spanish coin, and a tuba used by former Governor Martin.

    Wake County

    WHO: Governor Pat McCrory and former Governor James G. Martin

    WHAT: Donation to N.C. Museum of History

    WHEN: Monday, October 27, 2014
    2:00 p.m.

    WHERE: N.C. Museum of History
    Demonstration Gallery
    5 E. Edenton Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601

    PRESS: OPEN to credentialed press only.

  • October 23, 2014 • Education

    Asheboro, N.C. - North Carolina's expanded polar bear exhibit was unveiled today at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. Governor Pat McCrory was on hand to unveil the three-years-in-the-making, $8.5 million exhibit.



  • October 23, 2014 • Education

    Asheboro, N.C. - North Carolina's expanded polar bear exhibit was unveiled today at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. Governor Pat McCrory was on hand to unveil the three-years-in-the-making, $8.5 million exhibit. The governor was joined by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla and Zoo Director David Jones.


    "The new, extensive polar bear habitat is a testament to the N.C. Zoo's passion, not just for animal care and stewardship, but for educating the public and getting visitors excited about wildlife and conservation," Governor McCrory said. "We look forward to the positive economic impact the exhibit will make on the region and state." 


    The expansion triples the size of the zoo’s polar bear exhibit and provides increased land space that includes a stream flowing through its center. State-of-the-art educational graphics and interactive computers tell the story of polar bears and their endangered status in the wild due to the loss of ice packs that provide their hunting grounds. The exhibit also features an indoor gallery with more educational graphics and television screens as well as glass viewing panels overlooking the exhibit and an artificial ice cave. Behind the scenes, the expanded facilities include larger and improved holding facilities and a special den for a mother with cubs.


    The zoo celebrated its 40th anniversary on Aug. 2, 2014. The first animals for opening day 40 years ago were kangaroos, ostriches, boa constrictors, tortoises, a rhinoceros and a zebra. Today, the zoo maintains 2,200 acres, including 500 acres of extensive exhibits. 


  • October 22, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement:


    "The finding of academic fraud is a disturbing reminder of what can happen, even at our flagship university, when we misplace priorities and have a lack of oversight. It is imperative that we ensure there is accountability at all of our universities to make sure we are upholding a culture in which students, parents and taxpayers are getting a return on our most important investment: education.


    I'm again reminded of the words of former UNC system president Dr. William Friday, 'People do not want their lifetime measured by how much their football team won or lost. There is something valuable they want measured on their intellectual tombstone when the time comes, and it will come.' Dr. Friday words still ring true today.


    I look forward to working with Chancellor Folt and all the chancellors to maintain North Carolina's devotion to excellence in higher education."


  • October 20, 2014 • Education, • Public Safety

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory has asked North Carolina education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business leaders to work together with the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus the public’s attention on methods to ensure all state schools are safe as Safer Schools Week is observed this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014.


    “The N.C. Center for Safer Schools has recently updated me on the progress it has made over the past year in partnership with state and local agencies, schools and communities to ensure our children are kept safe while they are learning,” Governor McCrory said. “As we observe Safer Schools Week, I encourage all North Carolinians to become active in your children’s lives and in their schools, and learn how you can help keep our schools safe and secure.”


    Established by Governor McCrory in 2013, the N.C. Center for Safer Schools – based in the Department of Public Safety – is a customer-focused information center for research, training and technical assistance related to school safety, crisis prevention and response. Working with federal, state, local and community-based organizations over the past year, accomplishments of the Center and its partners include:

    • Development and training of a new critical incident response video to help standardize and educate school faculty and staff on how best to respond in a lockdown and other school emergencies.
    • Development by N.C. Emergency Management of a web-based portal to provide schools with a standardized method for identifying elements of their safe schools plan. Emergency Management is also developing a secure web-based portal to provide more rapid access to school-specific key elements needed by first responders in the event of a critical incident.
    • Facilitation of training by the Department of Health and Human Services that provided many new trainers of Mental Health First Aid for Youth to help parents, teachers and those in the juvenile and adult justice system become more aware of the role mental health challenges play in the behavior pattern of youth in our schools.
    • Development of online training for teachers and school support staff by the Department of Public Instruction to assist them in using school resource officers more effectively.

    During Safer Schools Week, the Center’s executive director, Kym Martin, and School Safety Specialist Mike Anderson will participate in the 20th National Symposium on Juvenile Services in Greensboro, hosted by the Department of Public Safety. Martin and Anderson will be joined on Wednesday by William Lassiter, DPS deputy commissioner for Juvenile Justice, for a presentation on the prevention, intervention and crisis response techniques involved in creating safer schools.


    Safer Schools Week also occurs in conjunction with Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month in North Carolina, proclaimed by the governor on October 1, 2014.


    For additional information on the Center for Safer Schools, including its latest progress report, please visit


    Click here to download a copy of the proclamation. 

  • October 17, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory congratulated the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina A&T University and Appalachian State University after they received the People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) award for the 2014-2015 school year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


    “I would like to congratulate these universities on being awarded this grant,” said Governor McCrory. “Innovation and cutting edge projects like these are the best of what North Carolina is about and will undoubtedly impact our environment and future in a positive way.”


    Students at Appalachian State University in Boone are developing biomass greenhouse-heating systems to extend growing seasons for resource- limited farmers.


    Students at UNC Charlotte are integrating next generation nanoscale solar skin in order to reduce the solar heat gain and glare while producing electricity.


    Students at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro are working to reduce runoff from roofs and providing biological diversity in urban areas.


    Since 2004, the P3 Program has provided funding to student teams in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, committing over $10 million to cutting-edge, sustainable projects designed by university students. Nationally the grants were awarded to 42 teams of college and university students.


    For more information on the P3 Program:


October 19, 2014Education, • Public Safety

WHEREAS, our schools make substantial contributions to the future of North Carolina and to the development of our state and nation's young people as knowledgeable, responsible and productive citizens; and


WHEREAS, excellence in education is dependent on safe, secure, healthy and peaceful school settings; and


WHEREAS, the safety and well-being of many students, teachers and school staff are unnecessarily jeopardized by crime and violence, and distractions such as substance abuse, gangs, bullying, poor discipline, vandalism and absenteeism in our schools; and


WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of all citizens to enhance the learning experiences of young people by helping to ensure fair and effective discipline, recognize behavioral and developmental challenges, promote good citizenship, and generally make school safe and secure; and


WHEREAS, all leaders, especially those in education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business should eagerly collaborate with each other and the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus public attention on school safety and identify, develop and promote both innovative and evidence-based answers to these critical issues; and


WHEREAS, numerous schools and local education agencies throughout the state, along with national programs, are among those innovative answers; and


WHEREAS, the observance of America's Safe Schools Week will substantially promote efforts to provide our state’s schools with positive and safe learning climates;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim

October 19-25, 2014, as “SAFER SCHOOLS 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 ninth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.









October 1, 2014Education, • Public Safety

WHEREAS, bullying is physical, verbal or emotional harm or intimidation directed at a person or group of people; and


WHEREAS, each year,approximately thirty percent of United States youth may be impacted by bullying, either as culprits or as a victims; and


WHEREAS, an estimated one hundred sixty thousand students in kindergarten through twelfth grade miss school every day due to a fear of being bullied; and


WHEREAS, bullying can take many forms, including verbal, physical, and most recently in cyberspace; and


WHEREAS, bullying occurs on neighborhood playgrounds, in schools, and through technology such as social media; and


WHEREAS, targets of bullying are more likely to acquire physical, emotional and learning problems and students who are repeatedly bullied often fear such activities as riding the bus, going to school and attending community activities; and


WHEREAS, various researchers have concluded that bullying is the most common form of violence, affecting millions of youth in the United States each year, either as a bully or a victim; and


WHEREAS, children who bully are at greater risk of engaging in serious violent behavior; and


WHEREAS, a large percentage of children who are bullied believe that adult help is infrequent and ineffective; and


WHEREAS, it is important for North Carolina parents, students, teachers and school administrators to be aware of bullying, and to encourage discussion of the problem as a school community;


NOW, THERFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 2014, as “BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend this 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 thirtieth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.





  • September 23, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory was named as a member of the National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee by NGA Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and NGA Vice Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.


    The Education and Workforce Committee has jurisdiction over issues in the area of education (including early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary) as well as in the areas of workforce development. Members of the committee ensure that the governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy. 


    “North Carolinians deserve the very best in education, and I look forward to engaging committee members from other states as we strive to reach that goal,” Governor McCrory said. “Since taking office, my administration has made it a priority to enhance our state’s already successful education areas and shrink the divide between commerce and education. I’m hopeful this group will push our state further ahead in these areas, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”


    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will serve as chair, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will serve as vice chair of the committee.


    Founded in 1908, NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism. For more information, visit

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