Education

This section collects Education stories from WUNC News & other sources.

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The U.S. Department of Education is awarding nearly $15 million to four Wake County magnet schools. This is the largest single competitive grant Wake County Schools has ever received.

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The state Department of Public Instruction released a shortlist of six low-performing public schools last week that are candidates for its Innovative School District. The new program will turn over control of schools to charter school operators. 

Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

A team of EMS students works to resuscitate a full-size dummy that is going into cardiac arrest in a high school gym. The first responders are 16 year-old juniors at North Wake College & Career Academy, and this is just the beginning of their careers.

My Teacher: Drama In Our Lives

Sep 27, 2017
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

My Teacher: Textbook Teaching

Sep 25, 2017
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

The entrance to the Wake County Public Schools administration office.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Schools in Wake County are among hundreds across the state preparing to meet a legislative mandate to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third grade. The Wake County school district is faced with making that reduction while expecting the same steady student growth it has seen in the past decade.

Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo - 2017

This week the Trump administration hosted an annual summit at the White House for leaders of historically black colleges and universities. The meeting follows an executive order signed in February that moved a federal initiative supporting HBCUs from the Department of Education into the White House. 

A pencil and a form on a table inside a public school in Durham.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

School officials in Johnston and Durham counties say they want to retain local control over their underperforming schools. That’s after four elementary schools in Durham and a middle school in Johnston were named to a list of schools being considered for the Innovative School District.

ECU

East Carolina University is starting a multi-disciplinary program to address social, health and economic disparities between rural and urban parts of the state.

My Teacher: Art That's Everywhere

Sep 18, 2017
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

A Wake County Public Schools building.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Wake County school officials say they need $1 billion to build new schools and renovate older ones. Homeowners may be asked this spring if they want to fund the projects.

That depends on whether or not Wake County commissioners and school board members agree to put a school bond referendum on the May 2018 ballot. If passed, the county’s property taxes would go up.

a high school sopohmore at a locker
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

The bell rings at Granville Central High School to signal lunch time on a recent afternoon. Hundreds of students pour into the hallways carrying bright-colored backpacks, lunches and laptops. But not one student is holding a book – or stopping at a locker.

Supporters of the UNC Center for Civil Rights protest outside of a committee meeting of the UNC Board of Governors meeting on August 1, 2017.
Dave Dewitt / WUNC

Updated at 10:56 a.m., September 8, 2017

The UNC Board of Governors has passed a resolution that bans university-based centers from filing lawsuits. The resolution means the Center for Civil Rights, based at the UNC Chapel Hill Law School, can no longer sue on behalf of low-income and minority clients. 

My Teacher: What Do You See in Me?

Sep 7, 2017
Thornhill & Avianna
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

My Teacher: Setting Up The Stage

Sep 5, 2017
Haley, Domack, and Erin
Courtesy of Tim Domack

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

A pencil and a form on a table inside a public school in Durham.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The State Board of Education will take a final vote on Thursday on its plan for evaluating North Carolina public schools, a requirement of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The document must include grading formulas that tell parents and the federal government how well each school is educating its students.

mold
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Two Granville County Schools are closed because of problems with mold. Butner-Stem Elementary and Creedmoor Elementary are both closed, according to Spokesman Stan Winborne.

Wake County bus driver Auh Murel Wright greets a student before the afternoon trip home. Wright is among many school-based employees who struggle to make ends meet on their current salaries.
Jess Clark / WUNC

Thousands of school buses will hit the roads this week for the first day of classes at many schools across the state. Whether you're a parent of a school-age child or a motorist sharing the road with buses, here are several things to keep in mind: 

An image of Duke Campus
Duke University

Duke University is planning to raise its minimum wage for eligible employees and full-time contract workers to $15 an hour by July 2019. That's more than twice the federal and state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

A North Carolina public school system has revised its dress code to prohibit the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan symbols and swastikas.

Teacher in classroom with students.
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From 2010-2015, North Carolina’s public university teacher training programs experienced a 30 percent decrease in enrollment. Meanwhile the state also saw a high rate of teacher turnover. 

ECU

The Greenville contingent of the University of North Carolina System is re-branding itself. East Carolina University will henceforth be known simply as ECU.

NC State University
NC State University

A five year decline in North Carolina students enrolling in teaching programs appears to be turning around. The University of North Carolina system saw a 6 percent uptick in education degree-seekers last year.  One college of education is seeing gains in enrollment as students return this fall.

Charlotte School of Law is closed after eight months of fighting to stay open.  The North Carolina Attorney General's Office said Tuesday the for-profit school can no longer operate and, if it tries to, the department will force it to shut down. That's because the school's license has expired. 

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt at a BOT meeting in September 2016
Emily Kristina Gabbard / WUNC

Administrators and coaches from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are in Nashville Wednesday. They are there to face questions from the NCAA over an academic scandal that is entering its seventh year.

Photo of a ball and chain with "student loans" written on it
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A breakdown of education statistics shows racial disparities in student loan debt.

The left-leaning North Carolina Justice Center compiled the report from federal education data, as well as studies from the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute. 

It says black students are more likely to have student debt, and more likely to have higher balances when they graduate. 

NC Justice Center policy advocate Marion Johnson says financial support for assistance like need-based scholarships is not keeping up with demand.

Profile photo of Wendell Tabb outside WUNC Durham studios.
Courtesy Wendell Tabb

A drama teacher has sued his North Carolina public school district for racial discrimination in staffing and unfair compensation.

North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Volunteers are at the ready to help carry luggage and bedding at North Carolina A&T University's new student move-in on Friday.

school supplies
Flickr via Robert S. Donovan

North Carolina's governor used the launch of a school supply drive on Tuesday to argue that the GOP has been inadequately funding education, forcing too many teachers to have to use their own money to buy pencils and paper for their students.

Duke University President Vincent Price sat down with WUNC's Managing Editor Dave DeWitt for an interview.
Duke University

Vincent Price has been on the job as Duke University’s president for a little more than a month now. The former University of Pennsylvania Provost has been a leader in digital learning and building interdisciplinary opportunities.

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