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)ne of the largest classroom technology initiatives in US history is underway in the Greensboro area. Starting in Fall 2013, 13,000 students in Guilford County will receive tablets computers when they begin the 6th grade. Last year the county was awarded a federal “Race to the Top” grant for 30 million dollars. Here are WUNC stories on this topic:

On The Ground In Raleigh At The Teachers’ Day Of Action

Educators from around the state are descending on Raleigh today to call on lawmakers to increase support for public schools. Last year a similar teacher protest drew about 20,000 educators and supporters to North Carolina’s capital.

This year the North Carolina Association of Educators is asking for five things: more support staff; a $15 minimum wage for all school personnel and a five percent raise for teachers and administrators; the expansion of Medicaid; the reinstatement of retiree health benefits; and the restoration of advanced degree compensation.

Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC politics reporter Rusty Jacobs live from the protest about the scene and about the latest proposals in the North Carolina House budget, which include school employee raises and the return of advanced degree pay for teachers.

Stasio also talks to Alexa Briggs about her experience working in Guilford County Schools. She spent five years in the classroom as a high school special education teacher, and today she is the Homebound Services Coordinator for all 126 schools in the county. She works with teachers who provide in-home education for students who are not able to come to school for physical or mental health reasons.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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