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00000177-6edd-df44-a377-6fff43070000WUNC's American Graduate Project is part of a nationwide public media conversation about the dropout crisis. We'll explore the issue through news reports, call-in programs and a forum produced with UNC-TV. Also as a part of this project we've partnered with the Durham Nativity School and YO: Durham to found the WUNC Youth Radio Club. These reports are part of American Graduate-Let’s Make it Happen!- a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and these generous funders: Project Funders:GlaxoSmithKlineThe Goodnight Educational FoundationJoseph M. Bryan Foundation State FarmThe Grable FoundationFarrington FoundationMore education stories from WUNC

North Carolina Educators Take Part In White House Event

More than 150 Parent Teacher Association leaders from across the country have gathered at the White House. They're being recognized for their work, and getting the chance to hear from and question federal education officials. Debra Saunders-White, a former vice chancellor at UNC-Wilmington, is with the Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education. Speaking at today's event, she stressed the importance of Pell grants.

Debra Saunders-White: The North Carolina system said without Pell, they would close 5 schools in the state. They would close 5 schools, that's pretty dramatic. So we are working as aggressively as we can to protect Pell and to even increase it, so you'll see in the President's '13 budget a request for Pell to go up.

As part of Friday's events, the Obama administration honored 12 teachers for their dedication to PTA's. Raleigh's Mandy Patterson is being recognized for her work at Oak Grove Elementary School.

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