• 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. 


  • October 27, 2014 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - Today, former Governor James G. Martin donated some of his personal and historical artifacts from his tenure as governor to the North Carolina Museum of History. Governor Pat McCrory joined in the ceremony and thanked Governor Martin for his donations and legacy of public service.


    “I would like to thank Governor Martin for donating these timeless artifacts to the North Carolina Museum of History and also thank him for the legacy he has left behind in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “These donations present a picture of an engaged, well-rounded statesman who led our state in such a positive direction and who has continued to shape it to this day."




    A Bible, a Rubik's Cube and more from Governor & First Lady Martin


    At the event, Governor Martin played a quick tune on the tuba and demonstrated how to use the Rubik’s Cube. 


    Governor Martin and his wife, Dottie, have donated more than 50 items to the North Carolina Museum of History. The artifacts will be featured in an exhibit on Governor James G. Martin. The exhibit will open Sunday, Nov. 9, and run through Sunday, Jan. 4. Admission is free. 


    "We are honored to receive artifacts from one of North Carolina’s truly great men, Governor James G. Martin,” said Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz. “A tuba, a Rubik’s cube, a Spanish coin —with items such as these, our Museum of History staff can capture the attention of future visitors and hold that attention while they remind them of how, over two terms, this governor bettered the state’s transportation network and strengthened its schools—all while building a more vibrant economy.” 


    “We are grateful to Governor Martin and his wife, Dottie, for this wonderful addition to the museum’s artifact collection,” said N.C. Museum of History Director Ken Howard. “The items will help us tell an important part of our state’s history.”  


    Some of the donated items included: 

    • Ring. Governor Martin received the gold and diamond ring, which is inscribed “Governor Jim Martin” and “North Carolina,” while in office. The ring was a gift to the state from the N.C. Jewelers Association in 1989. 
    • Spanish Coin. This 16th-century four reales (half-dollar) coin bears the legend “Plus Ultra,” which was the theme chosen for Governor Martin’s second inauguration in 1989. 
    • Rubik’s Cube. Governor Martin used this Rubik’s Cube on the campaign trail in 1984 and 1988.
    • Tuba. Governor Martin has played this Salvation Army tuba on various occasions since the mid-1990s, including a performance with members of the Charlotte Symphony at a 2010 Carolina Panthers football game. 
    • Academic Regalia, Princeton University. Governor Martin earned a doctorate in chemistry from Princeton University in 1960. He taught chemistry at Davidson College for more than a decade.
    • Bible. Governor Martin used this Bible when he was sworn into office on January 7, 1989. It has an inscription from the chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, James G. Exum Jr.  
    • Inaugural Suit. First Lady Dottie Martin wore this suit to her husband’s second inauguration in 1989. 
    • Clock. This clock sat atop Governor Martin’s desk when he served as governor, 1985-1993. 
    • Book. First Lady Dottie Martin was instrumental in publishing North Carolina’s Executive Mansion: The First Hundred Years in 1991. This copy is signed by the first lady and the governor.        
    • Golf Clubs and Hole-in-One Ball. Governor Martin used these clubs during his tenure. With the five iron, he achieved a hole-in-one on the No. 3 hole of the Oaks course at Raleigh’s North Ridge Country Club on December 23, 1992. 
    • Order of Knights Grand Cross Masonic Cap. Governor Martin is an active Mason. Fewer than 50 Masons in the country have achieved this 33rd-degree honor.  


    The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. 

  • 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:


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