School briefs, June 27

From staff reportsJune 27, 2014 

Wright named data manager of year

Jill Wright of Ephesus Elementary has been named Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Data Manager of the Year.

Wright started just before the start of the 2013-14 school year. With the switch from NCWISE to PowerSchool, Wright was quick to take advantage of the self-directed training, and was inquisitive. She used both state and district resources, along with her fellow data managers, to quickly learn the new state student repository software.

Wright embraced the district’s mission by insuring the data in PowerSchool protected the students by having the software being able to report where the students are during the school day, what they are doing at a given time, and who is supervising them.

Charter schools subject to public records law

Charter schools have to comply with the state’s public records and open meeting law, according to a bill that passed out of the Senate education committee.

Because the schools receive public education money, they’ve always been subject to the law, but some charters weren’t following it.

The rules pertaining to charter schools came under scrutiny in March, when a Charlotte Observer reporter asked charter schools to submit salary information and was told by a state spokeswoman that the schools were not subject to the laws.

State education officials later said she was wrong. The language clarifying that they must comply was then added to a charter school bill already before the legislature.

The proposed bill also allows a charter school whose mission is single-gender education to limit admission on the basis of gender. Generally, charter schools are not allowed to discriminate among applicants. The bill is expected to be heard by the full Senate this week.

NC House approves replacing Common Core standards

Republican lawmakers pushed forward Tuesday to repeal the Common Core education standards despite differences between the House and Senate about how to replace them.

The House voted 74-40 to put its version of the legislation into a Senate repeal bill and send it back to the chamber, a move that will force lawmakers on either side to craft a compromise version in the final weeks of session. The tally fell largely along party lines with the majority Republicans controlling the outcome.

The House version would prohibit the commission from using the current Common Core standards; the Senate bill would allow the panel to keep the parts it supports.

North Carolina was one of the first states to embrace Common Core, now in place in more than 40 states.

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