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NC General Assembly committee releases recommendations for improving education

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A committee in the North Carolina General Assembly has released its draft recommendations for improving education.

The House Select Committee on an Education System for North Carolina's Future has been meeting all year. On Monday, they released their recommendations.

One is to raise teacher pay and provide teachers with opportunities to advance their careers. Another is for the General Assembly to consider changing state-mandated testing to reduce the reliance on a -quote- "single high-stakes final exam."

Both of those recommendations are related to work state education officials have recently undertaken to study those topics and give lawmakers guidance.

The House committee also wants to let school boards have more control over their school calendars. And they want to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would let voters decide whether the elected state superintendent should have more authority than the appointed state board of education.