• July 17, 2014 • Education

    Northampton students spend summer with science

    by Richard Adkins

    July 16, 2014



    More than 50 students in Northampton County are spending their summer break in the classroom as part of a program designed to give them a greater chance at career success.


    The grant-funded program emphasizes STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math.




    Now in its third year, the STEM program has been so popular that Gov. Pat McCrory made a road trip Wednesday to see it for himself.


    “Your generation has to step up and make this society better,” McCrory told the students.


    “I really like school, and my favorite subjects are math and science, and I want to be an engineer,” student Katlyn Farrow said. “So, I thought this would help me a lot.”




    “You got to take advantage of every moment, and the best way to take advantage of every moment is to never stop learning,” McCrory said to the teens.


    Read it all here.

  • July 16, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement following the passage of Senate Bill 812:

    "I will sign this bill because it does not change any of North Carolina’s education standards. It does initiate a much-needed, comprehensive and thorough review of standards. No standards will change without the approval of the State Board of Education. I especially look forward to the recommendations that will address testing issues so we can measure what matters most for our teachers, parents and students."

  • July 15, 2014 • Education, • Healthcare, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement today on budget meetings with House and Senate leadership:


    "Earlier today we had positive dialogue with Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis during a meeting at the Executive Mansion. However, we continue to have objections concerning the elimination of thousands of teacher assistants as well as cuts to core state services, including programs for the elderly, disabled and Alzheimer's patients.


    "During our luncheon, we presented the option to allow local school districts flexibility to provide teacher raises and fund teacher assistants. We're encouraged that both Speaker Tillis and Senate Education Chairman Jerry Tillman publicly indicated their willingness to consider this proposal. We look forward to further dialogue with the House and Senate."

  • July 15, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory congratulated more than 80 state government interns today at a reception at the governor's mansion. The interns took part in a summer program that provided them with training in a wide range of state government workplaces.


    "I'm proud of these students for showing interest in public service, and I'm proud that our internship program was the first of its kind in the country," Governor McCrory said. "We are investing in our young people here in North Carolina, because we know that they are our next generation of leaders."



    Department of Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge, along with Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office Executive Director Stephanie Nantz, also addressed the crowd of interns and officials. Members of the Internship Council, Council of State members and others were among the state officials at the reception.


    This year more than 500 students applied for the internship program, representing 78 of the state’s 100 counties and numerous public and private colleges and universities, law schools and community colleges. Of these applicants, 83 interns were selected, representing 42 counties and 30 schools.


    The internship program, which is part of the Department of Administration's Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, began in May and included college, graduate and law students in more than 48 different fields of study ranging from accounting to zoology.


    Established in 1969, the program offers paid internships to North Carolina residents attending two or four-year colleges, universities, community colleges, graduate school or law school.

  • July 13, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

    Nashville, TN- Governor Pat McCrory was named to the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) for the 2014-15 year today.

    “We have much success and innovation to share with the rest of the country,” Governor McCrory said. “While gridlock prevails in Washington D.C., governors must act, rather than talk, and that’s what we’re doing in North Carolina to provide the economic and educational opportunities our state needs to prosper. I look forward to bipartisan discussions with my fellow governors about the results that come with making tough decisions, keeping a close eye on the taxpayers’ wallets, and looking beyond traditional ideas and approaches.”

    The Executive Committee will be chaired by Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado. Governor McCrory was nominated by Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, who will serve as vice-chairman.

    Also named to the executive committee along with Governor McCrory were Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut, Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

    During the 2013-14 year, Governor McCrory served on the NGA’s Economic and Development and Commerce Committee.

  • July 11, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC - The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments today:

    North Carolina Textbook Commission
    • Dawn Hester (Pitt County)
    • Tracy Arnold (Pitt County)
    • Tracey Lewis (Stokes County)
    • Lesa Widener (Catawba County)
    • Julie Felix (Cabarrus County)
    • Maria Bishop (Burke County)
    • Michelle Gray (Scotland County)
    • Charles Gaffigan (McDowell County)
    • Brian Creasman (Vance County)
    • Cassundra Morrison (Surry County)
    • Jessica Luby (Catawba County)
    • Glenn Locklear (New Hanover County)
    • Michelle Tiesi (Mecklenburg County)
    • Alison Mintz (Cleveland County)
    • Rodney Trice (Orange County)
    • Daniel Novey (Carteret County)
    • Kathleen Linker (Rowan County)
    • Lissa Harris (Guilford County)
    • Linda Mozell (Guilford County)
    • Brenda Winfrey-Knox (Cumberland County)
    • Kathy Crumpler (Pender County)
    • Stephen Gay (Wake County)

    The commission evaluates all textbooks offered for adoption. Each textbook shall be read by at least one expert certified in the discipline for which the book would be used. The term length is four years.

  • July 10, 2014 • Education, • Legislation

    Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the ongoing negotiations over providing much needed raises to North Carolina teachers:


    “This morning, I received a call from Speaker Tillis and they have moved to a 6 percent raise. In an effort to come to a resolution, but with some concerns, I have agreed to accept that position. I've moved from a 3 percent raise to a 6 percent raise for teachers.


    “We have a plan that doesn't raise taxes, provides meaningful raises for teachers without cutting thousands of teacher assistants and avoids ending critical services to the blind, elderly, disabled and those with Alzheimer's disease.


    “This is a long-term, sustainable and affordable plan in which I stand with our teachers, our students, our principals, our superintendents, business leaders, House Democrats and House Republicans. The Senate is currently standing by themselves with no visible support outside of the Beltline of our state capital.


    “I will veto the latest Senate plan or any plan that resembles it because I know of no financial way we can go beyond the House proposal without eliminating thousands of teacher assistants, cutting Medicaid recipients and putting at risk future core state services.


    "I’m committed to clearing my calendar next week to meet with any Senate or House member – both Republicans and Democrats - to personally communicate my resolve and to communicate to teachers who are waiting in limbo as the school year approaches."



    Governor McCrory was joined by Speaker Tillis, members of the North Carolina House of Representatives, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson, Board of Education Chairman Bill Cobey, school superintendents, teachers and students at a press conference on June, 25, signaling broad support for an education budget that does not cut teacher assistants or needed Medicaid services.

  • July 2, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. –  Governor Pat McCrory's senior education adviser, Eric Guckian, has sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler urging the FCC to act now to expand E-Learning opportunities for North Carolina students. 


    In June, Governor McCrory joined with governors from Oregon, Virginia, Mississippi and Maryland in calling for federal action on Wi-Fi access for all students. The bipartisan group of governors called for the modernization of the FCC's E-Rate program.  


    "As you know, in today's global economy, it is crucial that our students are prepared for success in a competitive workforce," Guckian wrote. "The best way to do this is to promote personalized education systems and supports that enable learning to take place anytime, anywhere."


    Guckian described the chairman's proposal as addressing a "pressing need," one that should be resolved in the coming school year.


    Seventy-eight percent of North Carolina’s schools do not have the internal Wi-Fi connections that are now required to support digital learning. The national rate is approximately 60 percent. The E-Rate program has not kept pace with technology and provides no funding for Wi-Fi access.


    State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes and Governor McCrory met with the Federal Communications Commission in June to ask that North Carolina share in funding that would help the state extend Wi-Fi access to every K – 12 classroom.


    Governor McCrory has made support for innovative learning a hallmark of his administration, whether it be through rewarding forward-thinking teachers, as in the Governor's Teacher Network, or by signing legislation that brings technology into the classroom and promotes sharing resources among educators.


    Read a copy of the senior education adviser's letter here.


  • July 1, 2014 • Education

    Durham, N.C. –  Today, in front of a packed crowd of educators and education leaders from across North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory formally launched the Governor’s Teacher Network. Under this program, the state has reallocated approximately $6 million of Race to the Top funding to support 450 teachers. 



    Educators will earn an additional $10,000 each for the creation of professional development resources, lesson plans and classroom materials that will benefit other teachers and, most importantly, students.


    “As Governor’s Teacher Network members, you will help develop your colleagues to ensure that students have access to high-quality education,” Governor McCrory said. “Your commitment will increase our educational effectiveness and ultimately improve our ability to provide an excellent education to all North Carolina students. No great teacher works in isolation. Collaboration and teamwork are crucial to ensuring every classroom is led by a highly effective educator." 


    Governor McCrory thanked State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson for her leadership on this issue and praised the collaboration between the Department of Public Instruction and the Governor’s Office. The governor also acknowledged the U.S. Department of Education, which understood the critical role this network would play in the success of North Carolina’s Race to the Top efforts.


    The Governor’s Teacher Network is one part of the governor’s overall plan to boost teacher pay and improve education in North Carolina. Governor McCrory discussed this overall vision and his administration's bold new career proposal for educators. 


    Over the next three years, the governor's proposed "Career Pathways for Teachers" will allow new opportunities for teachers by making available the chance to earn more for continuous education, serving in high-needs fields and schools and taking on additional leadership duties.

  • June 19, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory joined the governors of Maryland, Mississippi, Oregon and Virginia today in a bipartisan call for federal support of E-Learning opportunities. The governors are encouraging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to accelerate classroom Wi-Fi access to millions of students by modernizing its E-Rate program.

    North Carolina’s significant investment in extending broadband access to schools, along with E-Rate funding from the FCC, has allowed the state to provide high-speed Internet access to the door of every K – 12 public school. Yet 78 percent of North Carolina’s schools – and nearly 60 percent nationwide – do not have the internal Wi-Fi connections that are now required to support digital learning. The E-Rate program has not kept pace with technology and provides no funding for Wi-Fi access.

    "It’s our duty to create an atmosphere that’s conducive to providing North Carolina's students with the best education possible," Governor McCrory said. "This task becomes more difficult when teachers do not have access to 21st-century tools. Wi-Fi should no longer be considered an amenity when it comes to preparing students to compete in a global economy.”

    Governor McCrory, along with Governors Martin O’Malley of Maryland, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, John Kitzhaber of Oregon and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia urged the FCC to move quickly to fund Wi-Fi access for learners across the country during the coming school year.

    Read a copy of the letter here.


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