Halifax County Schools Hearing

Education leaders agree to fix NC school system

State and local educational leaders have agreed on an intensive training program to help Halifax County teachers and principals improve their failing schools.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning heard details Wednesday of a plan agreed to by both sides. Manning ordered action last month, saying the district operated so poorly that it was committing "academic genocide."

The plan would use about $1.8 million to hire 12 full-time education coaches and provide summer retraining courses for all 360 teachers and teaching assistants in the district.

More than 70 percent of elementary school students in Halifax County can't meet proficient reading standards on statewide tests.

About three out of four middle school students are not proficient readers.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Concerned Location: Rocky Mount on Apr 30, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    True, it's not always the parents fault, but they do have some responsiblity. In Halifax, many of the parents "CLAIM" to work with their children. If your friend is working with her kindergartners, they should know thier alphabets. More time is spent at HOME than in SCHOOL.
  • by Amy Location: Greenville on Apr 30, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    I have seen the Halifax county school system at work first hand. My friends boys are in Grade K and neither of them are going on to the 1st Grade. They don't know their alphabet, how to count or even read. The mom works at home with them but they do nothing in school but play, go to lunch, nap and go home. Sometimes its not the parents that fail its the school and in this case it is the school.
  • by P Location: Fayetteville on Apr 29, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    Where is the accountability of parents? Judge Manning needs to visit a school without all the dog and pony show and see what the kids are like that we are teaching. Teachers can only do so much with today's kids the parents need to be accountable too for them succeeding in life.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 29, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    To JANE, how is Beverly Perdue discriminating against the overweight people?
  • by JANE Location: 27889 on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    THE PAY CUTS FOR THE STATE'S TEACHERS ARE A REAL INCENTIVE FOR TEACHERS TO WANT TO TEACH AND TAKE INTEREST IN THEIR STUDENTS. WHAT WILL BEVERLY DUE NEXT, SHE'S ALREADY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST SMOKERS AND THOSE THAT HAVE WEIGHT PROBLEMS
  • by Mad Parent Location: Kinston on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:58 AM
    I guess the fact that our schools are overrun with children that can't even speak the English language has nothing to do with it, huh? Students not being able to read? Go figure. It's kinda difficult when they can't speak English. But hey! Let's let them continue coming in by the millions and just blame it all on the teachers. Let's keep pushing our own kids to the back of the classrooms so the children of those here in violation of our laws can be the #1 priority. It's not only the schools that are suffering; our health care system and social programs are as well. We take care of everyone else and ignore our own. Let's keep our heads and in the sand and pretend we don't know the root cause of this mess we're in.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    I say that Martin County needs to be split up into two different counties, with a borderline splitting right through Everetts. You have all the way from Hobgood to Plymouth two totally different breeds of people in the two end parts of the county that do not get along at all. The ones from Jamesville and the ones from Robersonville don't get along with each other at all, generally speaking.
  • by Concerned Location: NC on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    The state also needs to come to Bertie County. We need someone here to educate our children because we sure don't have teachers that can. It is a sheme that the school board is implementing all these new school ideas and they don't have teachers to teach the children.
  • by Anonymous Location: Martin County on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    The State educators need to make plans to visit Martin County soon if the Daily board consolidates the county schools. It may take a couple of years before they get worse but trust they will. Hope the State has a proposal to teach the Board and our Superintendent how to do a better job or at least what they promised to do when hired and/or elected.
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