North Carolina education non-profit shutting down

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina New Schools, an education non-profit, that has helped educators at schools in eastern North Carolina is shutting down.

The non-profit cited cash flow challenges in a release sent out on Thursday. It said NC New Schools would cease operations on Friday.

The non-profit said in the past it received funds from federal grants.

WNCT learned that some districts paid a fee for certain services offered. Services the non-profit provided included coaching and professional development.

A Beaufort County Schools spokeswoman told 9 On Your Side that the district learned of the closing on Thursday.

On Friday, the district released more details. Beaufort County Schools said in a release that it had only one grant relationship with the organization that was scheduled to end in June.

The non-profit listed on its website that it had assisted Beaufort County Early College High School and Washington High School, along with other early colleges including Lenoir County Early College High School and Pitt County Schools Early College High School.

A Lenoir County Schools spokesman said the professional development the county’s early college received was early on.

Duplin County Schools spokeswoman Dawn Craft told WNCT they were shocked and have had a strong relationship for a number of years. Craft said the non-profit helped translate what worked at the early college high school and scale that to pre-K through 13 grades.

All districts WNCT spoke with said they will be assessing the impact the closing will have.

NC New Schools lists its network to include more than 150 schools and more than 2,700 educators.

The non-profit said in its release that 70 full-time and 2 part-time employees were notified on Thursday of the closing and will be paid through the end of the week.

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