Surprising news from WRAL today about a theoretically well-funded education nonprofit that is shutting its doors.
The news station reports that North Carolina New Schools, a group that helps to train teachers and administrators across the state, will be closing, although no reason was provided.
A spokeswoman for the group said it is a “difficult day” and that more information would be released this afternoon after conversations with staff.
On Thursday morning, NC New Schools’ President Tony Habit sent an email announcing that he resigned Wednesday after nearly 13 years as the organization’s founding president. WRAL News reached out to Habit, as well as other employees with the organization, but they have not responded.
NC New Schools is based in Research Triangle Park and has received millions of dollars in donations and federal grants since it began in 2003, including nearly $26 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a $20 million grant in 2014 and a $15 million grant in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Education.
Policy Watch has reached out to some supporters of the program, which is generally well thought of in the state. We’ll let you know when we learn more.