Truitt: Governor’s one-size-fits-none dictate puts school systems in a bind

July 14, 2020

Catherine Truitt, Republican nominee for Superintendent of Public Instruction and Chancellor of Western Governors University NC, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Cooper’s announcement regarding returning to school this fall: “I am glad that with only 35 days left before school starts the Governor has finally decided to dictate to our local schools how they can reopen. Unfortunately, he’s left them with little time to prepare and more questions than answers. What will parents do for childcare? How can we afford this? What will transportation options be? Where do we find the space and the supplies needed to make this work? How do we keep teachers and staff safe?  And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Sadly, all of these questions could have either been answered or avoided if the Governor had done the right thing weeks ago and let local officials decide what is best…

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Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Catherine Truitt calls for local control of the re-opening of North Carolina’s schools

June 30, 2020

“One Size Fits All” = “One Size Fits NONE” CARY, N.C. — Catherine Truitt, a former classroom teacher and the Republican nominee for N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, outlined her approach to re-opening North Carolina’s schools today. Truitt currently serves as Chancellor of non-profit Western Governors University North Carolina (WGU NC) and has three children in Wake County Public Schools. “Tomorrow, Governor Roy Cooper and state officials will likely roll out a ‘one-size-fits-all’ plan from Raleigh that will tell all 115 of North Carolina’s public school systems and hundreds of public charter schools how they can re-open this Fall,” said Truitt. “Unfortunately, it will turn out to be a ‘one-size-fits-none’ dictate that just won’t work for our schools and our students. There is a better way.” “I’ve heard it said that ‘if you’ve been to one county, you’ve been to one county,’” Truitt continued. “North Carolina is a large, diverse…

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Catherine Truitt has virtual chairman’s chat with NC Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley

May 27, 2020

Catherine joined NC Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley for a virtual chairman’s chat on May 26. Click here to watch the full video on Facebook.

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Struggling with online learning? Here are some helpful tips.

May 13, 2020

This week I set down for an interview with Claudine Chalfant of Spectrum news to talk about online learning. We discussed helpful tips for students, teachers, and professors, and I thought some of you might find this helpful as we all finish out the school year online!

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Updates about our schools and COVID-19

May 5, 2020

As we start week eight of sheltering in place, I wanted to reach out and let you all know that I continue to talk with our state’s education leaders about these extraordinary circumstances and offer help and guidance when possible.  Innovation in education is needed more than ever and I have no shortage of ideas to us get through this crisis and out the other side better than we were before. By now you know that on May 2 the General Assembly voted unanimously to pass legislation that addresses the COVID-19 crisis.  The two bills–HB 1043 and SB 704–will now be sent to the Governor where he is expected to sign both bills into law.   North Carolina’s share of the federal government’s CARE Act is $3.5 billion and the legislature appropriated $1.5 billion of that on May 2.  District and charter schools will receive $231.6 million of this money.  Here are the highlights: $60 million for…

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