Two Raleigh schools win national honor

Posted September 15, 2011

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— Two Raleigh schools are among eight in North Carolina that the U.S. Department of Education named Thursday as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Nationally, the Department of Education cited 305 elementary and secondary schools for their overall academic excellence or for success in closing achievement gaps.

The Franciscan School, a private kindergarten through eighth-grade school, and Quest Academy, a charter school that caters to high-level gymnasts and other athletes, will be honored with the other Blue Ribbon Schools in Washington, D.C., in November.

“America’s long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.”


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  • tarheel_2014 Sep 16, 2011

    "Teacher unions have killed public education in america."

    NC is a right to work state. NCAE, historically, has had much less influence in the south than up north.

  • Tawny Sep 15, 2011

    Your guess is incorrect.

    The Blue Ribbon program is a US Dept of Education program which honors those schools (public and private)for utilizing "best practices/evidence based practices", to achieve high performance or improved student achievement (focusing disadvantaged students). Other schools, public and private, in NC were honored also.

    Teacher unions have not "killed public education" in America. There are many other factors that have contributed to the "so-called demise" of public education, i.e., lack of parental involvement" - just to name one example. Lack of parental involvment from all socio-economic levels.

  • Amusedone Sep 15, 2011

    My guess is very few standard public schools, many charter schools, and a whole lot of private schools. Teacher unions have killed public education in america.

  • LuvLivingInCary Sep 15, 2011

    i bet you won't find any garner public schools in this list.

  • azharr Sep 15, 2011

    Mr Burns! How many public and how many parochial schools are in this mix of 305 schools nationwide?