Education

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

N.C. Department of Public Instruction
Dave DeWitt

The North Carolina State Board of Education has joined Gov. Roy Cooper and the state's Department of Health and Human Services in calling for schools to offer in-person instruction. But it stopped short of requiring all schools to go to Plan A ― daily in-person learning without requiring social distancing.

Monday marks the return of in person teaching at Wake County Public Schools. Students arrive at Davis Drive Elementary to temperature checks and health screenings in the carpool line.
Kate Medley / For WUNC

Top North Carolina education officials on Thursday called for all of the state's 115 school districts to make available at least partial in-person instruction by the end of the month to any of the system's 1.5 million students who want it.

Courtesy of Stephanie Baker


Winston-Salem State University basketball
WSSU Photography / via Flickr

2020 was a banner year for fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as HBCUs received a number of high-profile corporate and private gifts.

At the top of the list: philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, who gave more than $4 billion to organizations and HBCUs.

Kristin Kanipe helps her three children paint a poster, while homeschooling on her back porch. Kristin is in a wheelchair and she and her children wear winter coats and masks.
Liz Schlemmer

Before the pandemic, Kristin Kanipe never expected she'd end up homeschooling her three kids.

"I remember talking to a friend and specifically saying, 'God would have to smack me in the head and make it "you have to homeschool" for me to ever homeschool.' I had no desire to homeschool. I actually did not want to homeschool," Kanipe said.

Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.
Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina

The UNC System Board of Governors has chosen one of its own former members, Darrell Allison, as the next chancellor of Fayetteville State University.

In this Oct. 26, 2021 file photo, Carolyn Griffin begins the first day of in person classes at Davis Drive Elementary in Cary, NC.
Kate Medley / for WUNC

A bill that would require every school district in North Carolina to provide in-person learning to students who want it has passed the General Assembly and is headed to the governor's desk.

Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

 

Updated at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2021.

The chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has clarified his role — and what he told university faculty — concerning the $2.5 million settlement involving the Silent Sam statue.

Cole del Charco / WUNC

The North Carolina State House has now passed a bill proposed in the Senate that would require each school district to offer in-person learning to students amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Tar Heel fans gathered on Franklin Street on Feb. 6, 2021 after UNC's men's basketball victory over Duke.
Courtesy of Chris Ocana / The Daily Tar Heel

Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can teach remotely until Feb. 17 in light of the crowded and largely maskless celebration of the men’s basketball team’s victory over Duke University on Saturday, officials said.

Cole del Charco / WUNC

On a winter Friday at Cedar Point Apartments in Raleigh, a school bus parks in the lot. But not to take students to class.

It’s here so kids and families can pick up meals without having to go all the way to their school.


Monday marks the return of in-person teaching at Wake County Public Schools. Students arrive at Davis Drive Elementary to temperature checks and health screenings in the carpool line.
Kate Medley / for WUNC

North Carolina state senators gave initial approval to a bill on Thursday that would require all 115 public school districts to offer in-person learning for all students.


A group of third graders in a classroom at Marvin B. Smith Elementary School in Burlington work on literacy exercises. They must prove they can read on grade level before being fully promoted to fourth grade.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

The State Board of Education is set to vote Thursday on what’s become a politically controversial set of standards for social studies in K-12 public schools.

Chancellor's walk on the campus of University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Edward Orde / Wikimedia Commons

Officials at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington say the school has raised $86 million as part of a campaign to support students, faculty, programs and facilities. 

A news release from the school says UNCW began counting gifts toward the campaign's goal of $100 million on July 1, 2015. 

Monday marks the return of in person teaching at Wake County Public Schools. Students arrive at Davis Drive Elementary to temperature checks and health screenings in the carpool line.
Kate Medley / For WUNC

In a public briefing on Tuesday, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper strongly encouraged all schools in the state to offer some form of in-person learning for students. The statement comes as legislation that would mandate in-person learning moves through the General Assembly.   

North Carolina legislative building
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

North Carolina Republican lawmakers introduced a bill on Monday that would require school districts in the state to offer at least partial in-person instruction for all K-12 public school students.

Senate Bill 37, which is proposed by state Sens. Deanna Ballard, Michael Lee and Ralph Hise, would still allow parents to utilize an online-only option for their child.

South Building and the Old Well, UNC Chapel Hill
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

UNC-Chapel Hill is preparing to make major budget cuts to balance a longstanding deficit that now amounts to an estimated $100 million.

Two people move a tub of belongings from the back of a pick-up truck.
Courtesy of Western Carolina University

Universities are coming back into session for the spring semester, just as a holiday spike in COVID-19 cases is beginning to ease. 

Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University

A new report by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges has found that rural public colleges are underfunded compared to their peers.

The Next Meal

Jan 26, 2021

Free and reduced-price school lunch programs are designed to guarantee meals for students who experience food insecurity at home. But now that many kids are learning remotely, meals aren't always making their way to the mouths for which they are intended.

Guest host Rebecca Martinez and WUNC education reporter Cole del Charco explore what districts and communities can do to prevent children from going hungry during the pandemic.

Plus, Friends of Geer Cemetery are teaching about the overlooked history of Black Durhamites.


The Old Well on the UNC- Chapel Hill campus.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday announced that it avoided returning to campus 112 undergraduate students who tested positive for the coronavirus through its newly launched mass testing program.

Gerry Broome AP Photo

The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force has submitted its final report recommending changes across North Carolina's public universities. 

Annmarie Brown sits at a desk and computer to attend school virtually.
Courtesy of Emily Brown

When the Durham Public Schools' board of education voted to remain in virtual learning for the rest of the school year, Rhiannon Giles' reaction was complicated.

"I think they made the right decision, but also I cried," Giles said.

She's the mother of two students at Club Boulevard Elementary, with a daughter in fifth grade and a son in kindergarten.

Eleanor holds the new book she received from Dr. David Tayloe during her one year check up. Tayloe's New Bern clinic gives books to kids at each of their well visits from six months to five years of age, as part of the Reach Out And Read program.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced it's expanding a successful early literacy program to all North Carolina counties.

Nick Youngson | Alpha Stock Images

 


Maverick Whitley is a junior at Brevard College majoring in music education. He's been playing instruments since he was three years old and dreams of being a high school music teacher.

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A foundation has ended the lease for a fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that was one of three Greek chapters linked to a drug trafficking ring.

The Old Well on the UNC- Chapel Hill campus.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill of a lower court decision requiring it to release disciplinary records of students who violated the school’s sexual assault policies.

The Old Well on the UNC- Chapel Hill campus.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

UNC Chapel Hill has announced it will delay the start of in-person classes for all undergraduate students by three weeks for the spring semester.

At 37, Philip Rogers is ECU's youngest chancellor. He will start in March 2021.
Cliff Hollis / East Carolina University

East Carolina University has its newest chancellor.

The UNC System Board of Governors has hired Philip Rogers, a Greenville native, as the next leader of ECU. He will be the 12th chancellor in the school's history.

NC A&T sign
Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

Three historically black North Carolina colleges have received record financial gifts from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

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