Matt Hughes, Orange County Democratic Party Chair, congratulates James Barrett on his election to the Board of Education Tuesday evening at 411 West restaurant on West Franklin Street.

James Barrett, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education member, running for state superintendent

James Barrett he is focusing his superintendent campaign on increasing teacher pay and reforming standardized testing.

“Given that turnover is good for boards, and given that I want to take on the chance to serve students and teachers at a broader level, I won’t be standing for re-election this year as I commit myself to work across the state,” Board of Education member, Barrett posted on his campaign website on Jan. 11. 


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is one of two public schools systems in Orange County. The system is run by the CHCCS Board of Education, which is comprised of seven elected officials who hold four-year terms. Under the board is the superintendent. The current superintendent is Tom Forcella.

The district includes 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, a middle college with Durham Technical Community College and a school for children at UNC Hospitals. These schools serve more than 12,000 students across Orange County.

Learn more about the district's Board of Education here

Browse board meeting agendas and videos here

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Educators carry signs through Bicentennial Plaza during the rally for education on May 16 in Raleigh.

N.C. educators want you to know their protest was about more than just pay

Educators and supporters from across the state assembled in Raleigh on Wednesday for a March for Students and Rally for Respect.  Due to the massive expected teacher absences, dozens of school districts across the state closed on May 16, leaving about 68 percent of North Carolina’s public school students out of class for the day.  Their absence from work was certainly noted, but educators wanted their appeals to N.C. legislators to be just as affecting. A few shared their signs, their stories and their desired results of the rally with us.