Greg Childress

Greg Childress

Greg covers K-12 education for Policy Watch. He joined the team in December 2018 after nearly 30 years at The Herald-Sun of Durham, where he spent his last five years covering the Durham Public Schools, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools. Greg also covered city and county governments in Durham and Orange counties, higher education and spent 10 years as an associate editorial page editor.

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Report: Decline in teachers with traditional education degrees linked to growth in charter schools

By: - November 2, 2022

As charter schools proliferate across America, there has been a corresponding decline in the number of new teachers earning bachelor’s degrees in education from traditional preparation programs, according to a new study from the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH). Researchers Doug Harris, the national director of REACH, and Mary Penn, […]

North Carolina A&T University student Jayden Seay speaks as First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona look on.

Experts: Better pay, student loan debt relief key to diversifying state’s teacher workforce

By: - September 29, 2022

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Jayden Seay, a sophomore education major at North Carolina A&T University, didn’t need any arm-twisting to decide to become a teacher. His dream of teaching started long ago while attending K-12 schools in Woodbridge, Virginia, Seay told an audience welcoming First Lady Jill Biden to the campus earlier this month. Biden […]

Panel of educators urges country not to forget ‘lost group’ from Class of 2020

By: - February 10, 2021

The large number of high school graduates who did not enroll in college last fall worries Tom Kane, a professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A study by the National Student Clearinghouse shows a 4% decline in enrollment in two-year and four-year public institutions. Approximately 70% of post-secondary students attend […]