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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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Catherine Truitt participates in John Locke Foundation “Shaftesbury in Place” conversation

April 6, 2020

On April 6, Catherine participated in the John Locke Foundation‘s “Shaftesbury in Place” Facebook Live discussion on virtual learning with Lauren Acome of North Carolina Virtual Academy. Click HERE the link to watch the conversation.

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Early Voting

February 26, 2020

Today I participated in early voting at the Cary Senior Center! Joining me was my 18 year-old daughter, Susie, a first-time voter!  Thank you to all the polling station volunteers who make early voting possible!

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