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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: NOVEMBER 7, 2002


The North Carolina Association of Educators and the Public Schools of North Carolina awarded media outlets in North Carolina with the 2002 School Bell Award for increasing understanding of public schools.

The awards were presented by State Board of Education Chairman Phil Kirk, State Superintendent Mike Ward, NCAE President Carolyn McKinney, and NCAE Vice President Eddie Davis III during a banquet at the Sheraton Imperial, Research Triangle Park. Awards were presented to newspapers, radio and television stations for work produced during the 2001-02 school year. Approximately 100 entries were submitted, and judges selected 27 for School Bell Awards. Six entries received honorable mention recognition. The judges were from the education, business and government sectors.

The School Bell Award program was created to recognize the media for its efforts to increase public understanding of the public schools in this state. This is the fourth year for the awards program.

School Bell Award winners for 2002 are:

Newspapers, Over 30,000 Circulation:

  • The Durham Herald-Sun, Single Feature, "Teaching from the Heart"
  • Asheville Citizen-Times, Single Feature, "School makes Grade A comeback"
  • The Durham Herald-Sun, News Series, "State of the Union–School Merger: The 10th Year"
  • The Fayetteville Observer, News Series, "The Rookies"
  • Greensboro News and Record, Breaking News Story, "School Pride"
  • The Fayetteville Observer, Coverage of Minority Issues, "Student trouble reveals trend"

Newspapers, Under 30,000 Circulation:

  • Lincoln Times-News, News Series, "Schools Seek Competitive Pay/Tech Funds"
  • The Daily Southerner, Editorials, "Edgecombe needs a dedicated teacher recruiter"
  • Times-News of Burlington, Ongoing Education Coverage, "Times-News: An ABSS Partner in Education"


  • The Enterprise, Single Feature, "New alternative school offers one-on-one instruction"
  • The Farmville Enterprise, Single Feature, "Sea of creativity"
  • Carteret County News-Times, Single Feature, "Paying their own way"
  • The Farmville Enterprise, Single Feature, "Seniors make the grade"
  • Carteret County News-Times, Single Feature, "Bidding War"
  • The Clayton News-Star, Single Feature, "Guidance counselors support student success"
  • The Mooresville Tribune, Editorials, For Selected Editorials
  • The Clayton News-Star, Ongoing Education Coverage, "Occupational Course of Study/Exceptional Students"
  • The Mooresville Tribune, Single Column, "The SAT Myth"
  • The News Reporter, Single Column, "It's time to jump in the fire"
  • The News Reporter, Single Column, "On the arts and testing"
  • The Mooresville Tribune, Breaking News Story, "I-S to suspend Coleman"
  • Carteret County News-Times, Breaking News Story, "New law may hurt teacher's helpers"
  • The Clayton News-Star, Coverage of Minority Issues, "ESL enrollment grows at 25% a year in Johnston County"


  • UNC-TV, In-depth Program, "Budget Crisis: K-12 Education"
  • WLOS-TV, Ongoing Education Coverage, "Never Stop Learning"


  • WUNC Radio, Single Feature, "Military Schools"
  • WFDD Public Radio, News Series, "Magnet Schools"

Honorable Mention:

  • The Daily Advance, Single Feature, "Gideon Bibles are common at area schools"
  • Clay County Progress, Single Feature, "HHS students reach out"
  • The Enterprise, Editorial, "Martin County has reason to be proud"
  • The Mooresville Tribune, News Series, "Superintendent's Firing"
  • Clay County Progress, Breaking News Story, "Elementary outlines improvement plan"
  • Carteret County News-Times, Coverage of Minority Issues, "Catching Up"

For more information, please contact the Department of Public Instruction’s Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.