While the legislature may have taken a brief summer break, electoral politics have not. With the 2024 primary election taking place March 5th, several members of the NC General Assembly have already announced bids for statewide office. These include:
Rachel Hunt (D-Mecklenburg) Lieutenant Governor
Jeffrey Elmore (R-Wilkes) Lieutenant Governor
Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) Commissioner of Labor
Wesley Harris (D-Mecklenburg) State Treasurer
John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg) State Treasurer
One of North Carolina’s top political scientists Dr. Michael Bitzer of Catawba College keeps a running list of all these candidates and potential candidacies. To view the full list, click here.
The following is the Consortium of State School Boards Association’s (COSSBA) most recent federal education report.
DPI Superintendent Truitt Testifies Before Congress On Pandemic Learning Loss: On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing titled, “Generational Learning Loss – How Pandemic School Closures Hurt Students.” DPI Superintendent Catherine Truitt appeared before the subcommittee and spoke to DPI’s efforts to stay ahead of the curve in mitigating learning loss.
In prepared testimony Superintendent Truitt said, “When the massive influx of federal funding did come pouring into North Carolina, we were ready. My agency was able to provide local education leaders with an office dedicated to recovery and rooted in research and data. This was vital because many of our 115 school districts and more than 200 charter schools did not have the central office bandwidth or support to take on the massive exercise in planning and compliance that would be required with ESSER III.”
To view the entirety of Superintendent Truitt’s testimony, click here.
The following are recent news articles, reports, and press releases on state and national education-related issues.