Greg Childress

Greg Childress

Education Reporter Greg Childress covers all aspects of public education in North Carolina, including debates over school funding, curricula, privatization, and teacher pay and licensing.

State Board of Education denies one charter, revokes another

By: - December 7, 2023

The State Board of Education on Thursday upheld a recommendation by its three-member appeals panel to deny Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy-Wake County a charter. The state board also followed the appeals panel’s recommendation to not allow School of the Arts for Boys Academy (SABA) to continue to operate in Chatham County through the end of […]

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State Board of Education appeals panel recommends closing all-boys charter school

By: - December 5, 2023

A State Board of Education appeals panel will recommend against allowing School of the Arts for Boys Academy (SABA) to continue to operate in Chatham County. The state’s Charter Schools Review Board ordered the school to close Dec. 30, citing its low enrollment. SABA leaders appealed the review board’s decision to the state board. The […]

Southeast Raleigh residents answer pastors’ call to action to address youth violence

By: - December 4, 2023

On a windy, overcast day with rain threatening, residents of Southeast Raleigh gathered Sunday at Word of God Fellowship to answer local faith leaders’ “call to action” in response to last week’s deadly school stabbing in Wake County. More than 200 residents, clergy, elected officials, students and educators came together to pray and to lean […]

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Study: Parents trust librarians despite national push to ban books

By: - December 4, 2023

Parents have a high level of trust in librarians despite a national onslaught of book bans and censorship efforts by conservative groups, a recent survey by EveryLibrary Institute and Book Riot found. The authors of “Parent Perceptions of Librarianship 2023” found that despite concerted efforts to keep books about America’s racist past and LGBTQ issues […]

Raleigh community and faith leaders issue ‘call to action’ in response to stabbing death at high school

By: - December 1, 2023

Southeast Raleigh faith and community leaders have issued a call to “action, prayer and solution” in response to the deadly school stabbing that left one Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School student dead and another facing murder charges. On Sunday, faith leaders are urging community members to gather at Word of God Fellowship, at 3000 Rock […]

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School of the Arts for Boys Academy gets short reprieve to show financial viability

By: - December 1, 2023

An all-boys charter school ordered closed by the state’s Charter Schools Review Board due to low enrollment received a short reprieve Thursday while a State Board of Education panel weighs whether the school has “money in hand” to operate until the end of the year. School of the Arts for Boys Academy’s (SABA) leaders must […]

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Southeast Raleigh High School tragedy has district leaders searching for answers

By: - November 29, 2023

The Wake County school board’s Safety and Security Committee took on a somber tone Tuesday, one day after a student at Southeast Raleigh High School died after being stabbed during a school fight. A 14-year-old student has been charged with murder in connection with the death of 15-year-old Delvin Ferrell. Another student was hospitalized after […]

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Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy gets unfavorable ruling from State Board of Education panel

By: - November 27, 2023

A State Board of Education panel voted 3-0 on Monday to uphold a Charter Schools Review Board denial of a charter to Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy-Wake (HCLA-Wake). Charter applicant Kashi Bazemore immediately notified the panel that she will seek legal representation and appeal the panel’s decision to the NC Office of Administrative Hearings. HCLA-Wake leaders […]

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All-boys charter school in Chatham County seeks private donations to remain open

By: - November 22, 2023

An all-boys charter school in Chatham County ordered closed by the end of year due to low enrollment has taken the unusual step of asking for private donations so that it can remain open through the remainder of the academic year. In an email sent Tuesday, Valencia Toomer, founder and head of school for the […]

State Board of Education panel to hear appeal of Charter Schools Review Board decision

By: - November 20, 2023

The leaders of the proposed Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy-Wake are appealing a review board’s decision to deny it a charter, preventing the school from opening. A three-member State Board of Education panel will hear HCLA-Wake’s appeal Monday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m., in a virtual meeting. The panel will then make a recommendation to the […]

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Whiteville school board chairwoman gives up leadership role, but refuses to resign

By: - November 16, 2023

Kandle Rogers has stepped down as chairwoman of the Whiteville City Schools Board of Education, but said she will not leave the board. As NC Newsline previously reported, the embattled Rogers was found guilty of assaulting a government worker in late August. She also allegedly called the worker, who is Black, a racial slur. “I […]

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Allegation that charter school student used racial slur, flashed a gun on FaceTime raises concerns

By: - November 15, 2023

This story contains racist language that might upset some readers. A white seventh-grade boy who attends Discovery Charter School in Durham allegedly called a Black classmate a “monkey” and another racial slur, and then flashed a rifle to several students during a FaceTime chat, Arssante Malone, the father of the Black student, told NC Newsline. […]