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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How will our schools recover from COVID-19?

April 17, 2020

How will our schools recover from COVID-19?    This week marked my three children’s official foray into distance education.  Wake County Public Schools’ remote learning plan came to fruition on April 13 as 162,000 kids “returned” to school.  Most students used their own devices to begin phase 2 of WCPSS’s remote leaning plan. However, Wake County School Board Chair, Keith Sutton, told me today that the county continues to distribute 28,000 devices to students in need as well as provide mobile hotspots to 10,000 households without Internet access at home.             Wake County, the richest county in North Carolina, has a median income of $77,000.  Yet 17% of its students under 18 do not have what they need at home to be successful during this crisis or when school reopens.  So what about other counties?  Greene County, for example, has a median income of $36,989—considerably less than Wake County.  How…

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