2020 NC superintendent candidates disagree on school choice


From left to right, Democrat Jen Mangrum is running against Republican Catherine Truitt in 2020 to become North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The two candidates competing to lead North Carolina’s public schools clashed Monday over the value of school choice and how they’d work with state lawmakers if Republicans retain control of the General Assembly.

Democrat Jen Mangrum and Republican Catherine Truitt are hoping to replace Mark Johnson, who did not run for re-election, as state superintendent of public instruction. At a virtual candidate forum Monday sponsored by the N.C. Association of School Administrators, Mangrum repeatedly attacked the General Assembly while Truitt said she’d work with lawmakers.

“Your party wants to starve public education and put money into private schools,” Mangrum said to Truitt. “That’s not what I’m about, and so if that means going toe to toe with the leadership in the General Assembly, I’m in it and

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It’s still not safe for students to return to school, Warwick superintendent says

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) ─ While the majority of Rhode Island’s schools are back in session, Superintendent Philip Thornton argues that it is still unsafe for students in Warwick to return to the classroom in person.

The Warwick School Committee, which opted to begin the school year virtually, was considering switching to a hybrid learning plan for all of its students, but Thornton said the district needs to address the ventilation concerns flagged by walkthrough teams in all of the city’s 20 school buildings.

“I don’t believe it is safe to bring students in and open a window and just put a fan in,” Thornton said. “To me, I think that’s inherently unsafe.”

The district has already said it plans to purchase 600 air purifiers using CARES Act funding and estimates that both the purchase and installation, as well as the electrical upgrades needed to support them, will take roughly two

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Hanseul Kang, D.C.?s state superintendent for education, to join The Broad Center

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) appointed Kang as superintendent in 2015, and she has served alongside three chancellors and two deputy mayors for education.

Bowser said she will launch a nationwide search for a replacement.

The state superintendent’s office is the District’s equivalent of a state education department. It is the liaison between the federal Education Department and the city, and has a range of responsibilities. Those include administering standardized exams, overseeing early-childhood education programs and providing transportation for special-education students.

Kang is credited with improving the reputation and credibility of a hard-to-define agency that residents often know little about. She boosted early-childhood education offerings and made some data about schools more accessible to families.

“There has been continued progress in student achievement and outcomes,” Kang said of her tenure. “We have seen that progress in student assessments.”

Kang was responsible for creating the DC School Report Card, a

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DeSoto gets taken over by state education agency; superintendent says he did not resign, plans to continue working

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a sign on the side of a building: DeSoto Independent School District headquarters sign in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

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DeSoto Independent School District headquarters sign in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

DeSoto ISD will be taken over by a state-appointed conservator.


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And D’Andre Weaver, the district’s superintendent who announced plans to resign on Sunday during an emergency meeting, told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday that he did not sign a board-approved voluntary resignation agreement and plans to continue as DeSoto’s superintendent.

The Texas Education Agency sent a certified letter to the DeSoto board of trustees Wednesday, informing the district that A.J. Crabill, a former TEA deputy commissioner of education for governance, would serve in that role.

Investigators published a final report last month highlighting financial mismanagement that took place from 2012 to 2018, where the district amassed a $21.6 million budget shortfall through lax management and lavish spending. The report recommended

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