Second Annual school choice expo announced for Moore County

Second Annual school choice expo announced for Moore County

RALEIGH — The Moore County School Choice Expo and Education Summit has announced the date for an upcoming free school options event which will take place during National School Choice Week. The Second Annual Moore County School Choice Expo will be held on Saturday, January 28, from 1-5 pm in the Dempsey Student Center on the campus of Sandhills Community College.  The event, which is the second annual offering by the Moore County School Choice Expo, will feature exhibits and informational sessions from public, charter, online, and private schools, as well as home education groups.  Additionally, education service and resource…
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N.C. Treasurer delivers over half a million in found funds to state education officials

N.C. Treasurer delivers over half a million in found funds to state education officials

RALEIGH — Last week, N.C. State Treasurer Dale Folwell delivered a check for over half a million dollars to State Superintendent Catherine Truitt and N.C. State Board of Education chairman Eric Davis. “At a time when so many schools are in need of money and resources, especially in rural and inner-city districts, every penny found to further North Carolina’s educational mission is a blessing,” Folwell said in a press release. “I see that need not only as a member of SBE, but as chairman of the Local Government Commission, which reviews and approves financing for school projects throughout North Carolina.”…
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Group files lawsuit against Governor’s School following controversial firing

Group files lawsuit against Governor’s School following controversial firing

RALEIGH — A lawsuit has been filed in Wake County against the state’s prestigious Governor’s School by the Alliance for Defending Freedom on behalf of English professor Dr. David Phillips following his “mid-session” termination in 2021. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a non-profit based in Arizona. ADF describes itself as the “world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, the sanctity of life, marriage and family, and parental rights.” The North Carolina Governor’s School is a summer residential program lasting four weeks for “gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique…
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Moore County’s new school board brings back valedictorians

Moore County’s new school board brings back valedictorians

RALEIGH — Moore County’s newly elected school board elected a new chair and voted to bring back honoring valedictorians at its meeting on Dec. 12. Even though Moore Schools’ board is nonpartisan, the majority of the new board is Republican. At the swearing-in of new members earlier this month, Robert Levy was installed as the new chair and David Hensley as vice chair. There was ample discussion over restoring the honoring of salutatorians and valedictorians during the meeting.  During the debate, Hensley noted that the members of the previous school board had ended the practice of allowing students to compete…
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Under new management: Moore County Schools swears in new board members

Under new management: Moore County Schools swears in new board members

SEAGROVE — Moore County Public Schools installed three new school board members at a ceremony held at Westmoore Elementary held on Dec. 5. The full event can be viewed on the district’s YouTube channel. The new additions were touted on the district’s holiday parade float, which carried a banner that read “under new management.” A total of 83 school boards had elections this year in the state, with 41 of them being partisan races. Republicans swept all seats in 21 of those 41 races, while Democrats only swept three. Moore’s school board races were nonpartisan; however, the new members are all Republicans…
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Former teacher claims hostile work environment under Moore middle principal

Former teacher claims hostile work environment under Moore middle principal

RALEIGH — A former Moore County Public Schools teacher claims the principal of Crain’s Creek Middle School is responsible for creating a hostile work environment, particularly when it comes to student discipline issues.  The claim comes on the heels of over a dozen student fights caught on video, threats of mass violence by students attending the school, and complaints by families of students who were injured during an assault by another student. Crain’s Creek Middle School’s principal is Melonie Jones. She took over as principal of the school in July 2018. Jones is currently making $8,490 a month, or around…
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Parent says her middle school student was ‘choked out’ in lunchroom

Parent says her middle school student was ‘choked out’ in lunchroom

RALEIGH — A parent with multiple children attending schools in Moore County says one of her children was bullied by another student.  Brittney Jackson told North State Journal the bullying got so bad the student attempted to “choke out” her son in the lunchroom at Elise Middle School. “He literally won’t even wear a string in his sweatshirt anymore because he’s tired of this kid choking and with it,” Jackson said. She also said the student was now threatening “to kill him and bring a gun on school property.” According to Jackson, she’s gotten the runaround from the school’s principal,…
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NC Treasurer announces largest one-time supplemental bonus for state retirees

NC Treasurer announces largest one-time supplemental bonus for state retirees

RALEIGH — N.C. State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced the largest one-time supplemental bonus for state retirees of an additional four percent in this month’s payment. The bonus will go to benefit recipients of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSRS), Consolidated Judicial Retirement System (CJRS), Legislative Retirement System (LRS) and the Local and Governmental Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS).  “The TSERS, CJRS and LRS payments were appropriated by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Roy Cooper. The LGERS payment will come from retirement funds,” said Folwell in a press release dated Oct. 25. “The LGERS one-time supplement was approved…
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Altercations in Moore County middle school caught on video

Altercations in Moore County middle school caught on video

RALEIGH — Multiple videos posted by the Instagram account “Cantfinddisacc” show nearly a dozen fights recorded by students at Crain’s Creek Middle School in Moore County. The videos surfaced in September and early October and the account now appears to have been deleted. North State Journal staff downloaded and reviewed the videos which show both spontaneous fighting inside and outside classrooms on the middle school campus as well as seemingly planned fights on school property. 13-year-old Noah Ashburn displays his bruises after being assaulted by a classmate at Crains Creek Elementary in Moore County on Oct. 7, 2022. Image courtesy…
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Leandro case: Motion to dismiss appeal by intervenors cites Assoc. Justice Earls’ own recusal order

Leandro case: Motion to dismiss appeal by intervenors cites Assoc. Justice Earls’ own recusal order

RALEIGH — On Aug. 23, legislative leaders filed a motion to dismiss certain plaintiffs from the decades-old Leandro education funding case that has made its way to the N.C. Supreme Court. The motion, filed by attorney Matthew Tilley of Womble Bond Dickson LLP on behalf of lawmakers, argues that the claims of the Plaintiff-Intervenors, also called the Penn-Intervenors, are “not at issue in this appeal.” Furthermore, the motion asserts the plaintiffs can’t be considered “a party aggrieved” and that their appeal should be dismissed for “lack of appellate jurisdiction” because the only claim they have made “was severed from the…
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