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Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee Focuses On SparkNC

The Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (JLEOC) held its second meeting of the year on Tuesday, March 26, with most of the meeting focused on SparkNC, a new state-supported pilot program that exposes high school students to high-tech learning experiences and careers. The NC General Assembly previously provided $3 million for the program in the 2023 state budget to help 17 initial school districts create “SparkLabs” in which students can explore growing fields like artificial intelligence, software development, cybersecurity, and robotics.

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Education Reform Committee Calls For Study On Principal Pay

The House Select Committee on Education Reform acknowledged on Monday the need for changes to the state’s current principal pay plan and recommended a study be conducted on “the impact that a new salary schedule may have on principal recruitment and retention.” The draft findings and recommendations were approved by committee members and ultimately included in the interim committee’s final report to the General Assembly for consideration and potential legislative action during the 2024 short session beginning next month.

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