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Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman worked with Tim Burrell to develop a voluntary survey to poll Macon County teachers about the possibility of implementing the Lindamood-Bell Learning Process (LBLP) through the district.

A link to the survey was sent in an email from Brigman to all Macon County School and central office employees as well as posted to Brigman’s blog on the school system’s webpage. According to Burrell, the survey was posted on Aug. 31 and remained open until Sept. 6.

Of the 105 participants of the survey, 75 were teachers from each school in the district and 30 were either central office or support staff.

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North Carolina students maintained a 21.9 average ACT score in 2011, marking the fourth year that the state's average ACT score was higher than the nation's, according to the 2011 ACT results released today. ACT test scores are among the factors that colleges and universities use in their admissions process.

In 2011, the national average ACT score was 21.1.

“I congratulate the students in the Class of 2011 for continuing a strong showing on the ACT,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “I know that students are setting high goals and standards for their academic work and for their future careers. Today’s results are positive news for our state.”

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recently released a report detailing the impacts of state budget cuts on public schools since the 2008-09 school year. The report conveys an eye opening message about the health of public education in North Carolina. According to the report, North Carolina’s public school system has lost over 16,000 positions and laid off over 6,000 employees since the 2008-09 school year; accruing to an 8 percent total reduction in the workforce.

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More than 6,300 education jobs have been eliminated to date in North Carolina schools, according to new data released Wednesday, Aug. 31, by the state Department of Public Instruction.

“This is shameful,” Rep. Haire said. “Our children only have one chance at an education and we are diminishing their opportunities when we take away their teachers and their teacher assistants. I voted against this awful plan because I worried it would devastate our schools. This report shows the harm that it has already caused.”

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