Kelly Hinchcliffe, WRAL NEWS in NC

Kelly Hinchcliffe


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Past articles by Kelly:

With $700,000 to spend, NC superintendent begins hiring new staff for his office

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson has begun hiring new staff for his office, using $700,000 in taxpayer money given to him by the General Assembly this year. → Read More

NC Supreme Court grants temporary stay in state board, superintendent lawsuit

The North Carolina Supreme Court on Monday granted the State Board of Education's motion for a temporary stay in its lawsuit against State Superintendent Mark Johnson. → Read More

State board member asks NC superintendent to address 'the elephant in the room'

Since becoming state superintendent in January, Mark Johnson has remained quiet at times about major issues facing the state Department of Public Instruction. But state board members said Thursday they would like him to speak out more publicly. → Read More

General Assembly, State Board of Education tackle principal pay

Both the House and the Senate voted in favor of a budget technical corrections report Thursday that includes a principal pay fix that will prevent some principals from losing pay this year. → Read More

Two schools, including Durham's Lakewood Elementary, no longer being considered for charter takeover

Durham County's Lakewood Elementary and Robeson County's R B Dean Elementary are no longer being considered for the state's new Innovative School District. → Read More

'Defend Durham Schools' meeting planned Tuesday to discuss potential charter takeover

Parents, teachers and local elected officials plan to gather Tuesday evening for a meeting to "Defend Durham Schools." They plan to discuss ways to prevent the state from possibly taking one of Durham's lowest-performing schools and handing it over to a charter school operator. → Read More

Durham school board prepared to 'fight,' won't let state 'take away our schools'

Durham Public Schools' leaders said Thursday they are prepared to "fight" if the state tries to take control of any of their schools and hand them over to charter school operators. → Read More

'Fighting the status quo': Inside the combative world of NC's new public schools chief

In the nine months Mark Johnson has been in Raleigh, differing narratives have emerged about the state's new superintendent of North Carolina's public schools. → Read More

Two Durham schools on shortlist for NC's Innovative School District despite asking to be excluded

Two Durham County schools are on the state's shortlist of low-performing schools being considered for North Carolina's new Innovative School District, despite Durham school leaders' requests to be excluded from the program. → Read More

Durham, Johnston schools ask to be excluded from NC's new Innovative School District

As state education leaders try to decide which low-performing public schools should be part of North Carolina's new Innovative School District, school leaders in Durham and Johnston counties have one message for them - don't pick us. → Read More

Judges delay law shifting schools control in NC

Control over about $10 billion a year in taxpayer spending and the jobs of some North Carolina education workers won't change after three judges agreed to delay a new state law. → Read More

State apologizes for mistakenly claiming six NC colleges failed to pass enough education students

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction apologized Monday for mistakenly reporting that six colleges failed to pass enough students in their teacher education programs last school year. → Read More

2016-17 school performance results: What grade did your school receive?

North Carolina public schools released their annual school performance grades and graduation rates at Thursday's State Board of Education meeting. → Read More

Nearly 2,500 students have left NC's online charter schools: Why did they leave? Where did they go?

Tracking how many students leave the state's two online charter schools - North Carolina Connections Academy and North Carolina Virtual Academy - has been a complex and controversial topic since lawmakers granted the schools four-year pilot programs in 2015. → Read More

Turnover 'seems higher than usual' as more top officials leave NC education agency

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is preparing to say goodbye to more senior staff members, the latest in a string of high-level departures at the agency this year. → Read More

Lawmakers select 18 people to serve on new education commissions

State lawmakers on Thursday appointed 18 members of the education community to serve on two commissions - the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission and Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission. → Read More

State Board of Education approves $2.5M in budget cuts

The State Board of Education on Tuesday approved $2.5 million in cuts to the state Department of Public Instruction. The board plans to make $737,000 in additional cuts in the coming weeks due to legislative budget reductions. → Read More

State education board to appeal court ruling in favor of NC superintendent

The power struggle between the State Board of Education and state schools superintendent continued Wednesday. After losing a court battle with the superintendent last week over control of North Carolina's public school system, the board announced Wednesday that it plans to appeal. → Read More

Judges rule for superintendent in battle with state education board

A three-judge panel ruled Friday in favor of state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson in his power struggle with the State Board of Education over control of North Carolina's public schools. → Read More

Power struggle between NC superintendent, school board heads to court

A power struggle that has been brewing for months between the state superintendent and State Board of Education was brought before the court Thursday. A three-judge panel will determine who should have the power to supervise the state's 1.5 million public school students and $10 billion-plus budget. → Read More