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NEWS RELEASES 2004-05 :: NOVEMBER 16, 2004


he North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the Public Schools of North Carolina today awarded 11 media outlets in North Carolina with the 2004 School Bell Award for their efforts to increase the community's awareness and understanding of issues affecting North Carolina's public schools.

NCAE Vice President Carolyn McKinney and State Superintendent Patricia Willoughby presented the awards during a banquet held at the NCAE headquarters in Raleigh.

State Superintendent Willoughby said she was honored to be able to recognize the state's media for their stories on public schools. "There are many important issues capturing the state's media attention. However, people continue to be very interested in and concerned about North Carolina public schools and the education of the state's children."

Awards were presented to newspapers, radio and television stations for work produced during the 2003-04 school year. Over 70 entries were submitted, and judges selected 14 for School Bell Awards. Four entries received honorable mention recognition. The judges were from the education, business and government sectors. This is the fifth year for the awards program.

The list of award recipients follows.

2004 School Bell Award recipients:

Single Feature The Fayetteville Observer, "Program champions freshmen"
Spot News News & Record, "Northeast working to fix race relations"
News Series News & Record, "High Point High School Reassignment Series"
Single Feature The Mountaineer, "Haywood's alternative school"
Spot News The Daily Reflector, "School system eyeing orders"
News Series News@Norman, "2004 Lincoln County School Bond Series"
Ongoing Education Coverage Goldsboro News-Argus, "Communities Vie for High School Series"
Single Feature Carteret County News-Times, "State cuts hurting teaching assistants"
Spot News Carteret County News-Times, "School board: delay bond issue"
News Series The Enterprise, "No Child Left Behind brings educational challenges"
Editorials The Enterprise, "Don't play games with our children"
Ongoing Education Coverage The Clayton News Star, "CMS students learn German side of WWII"
Ongoing Education Coverage WLNC-AM, "Spotlight on Education and Daily News Coverage"
Single Feature WUNC-TV, "National Board Certification"

2004 School Bell Honorable Mention recipients:

Spot News News & Record, "Her final goodbye. Last day of class still busy for retiring principal."
News Series The Fayetteville Observer, "Mold worries shut down school; Same teachers, new environment; Mold testing finds spores"
Single Feature The Daily Reflector, "In pinch for school dollars, teachers pull from pockets"
Single Feature Goldsboro News-Argus, "Goldsboro High health educator makes lives of students her mission"

For more information, please contact Vanessa Jeter, NC DPI Communications, 919.807.3450, or Jackie Vaugh, NCAE Communications, 919.832.3000.

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.