MESSAGES 2015 :: JUNE 18, 2015


Web Highlights begins its monthly publication schedule this month. Our regular schedule resumes again in September.

Dr. Atkinson Discusses Success for NC’s Microsoft IT Academy in Blog Post
In her recent blog post, State Superintendent June Atkinson discusses the success of the Microsoft IT Academy and how business and education come together to support students. To read how this business partnership has provided more than 200,000 professional credentials to teachers and students since 2010, please visit

Biennium Budget Resources On the Web
New resources regarding the 2015-17 biennium budget for public schools have been added to the Budget Information website.

  • Comparison of the 2015-16 Proposed Budgets – a budget comparison between the Governor’s proposed budget and the House budget.
  • House Bill 97 – the House budget proposal.

To view the budget proposals, plus other resources related to the 2015-17 biennium budget, please visit:

Success Stories Highlight Give Five-Read Efforts Across the State
We’ve updated the Give Five-Read Five website with lots of great stories of how you’re collecting and giving the gift of reading this summer to North Carolina’s public school students. Check out what’s new under High Fives and Media at

Equitable Access to Excellent Educators Plan Now Online
The NCDPI Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators has been posted to Federal Program Monitoring and Support website at The U.S. Department of Education requires all state educational agencies (SEA) to submit a state educator equity plan in accordance with the requirements of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). In its plan, each SEA must describe the steps it will take to ensure that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers.”

2015 Governor School Participants’ Lists on the Web
A list of students attending the 2015 Governor’s School of North Carolina is available on the Governor’s School website at The lists include participants for the East and West campuses. The Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, is located on two campuses Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.

Durham Public School Scholars Publish Tribute to John Hope Franklin
Learn how a group of Durham Public Schools students recently published a novel that combines fact, fiction and illustration to pay tribute to Duke historian John Hope Franklin. Check out this story and others by visiting the Celebrate NC Schools website at