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Lawmakers are considering a number of education changes.
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The National Association of Charter School Authorizers has come out against proposed changes to the charter school renewal process, saying the provisions would water down accountability. Advocates, meanwhile, say the changes would make the process more fair and streamlined.

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Lawmakers in the state Senate are expected to vote today on a bill that would turn over five of the state's struggling elementary schools to charter school organizations.

The House has already passed an earlier version of the bill, and the measure cleared a Senate education committee on Friday.

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A provision in the Senate's budget proposal would force some year-round schools to change their calendars within the next couple months.

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In their version of the budget, Senate Republicans have a plan to grow a large reserve fund for the Opportunity Scholarship Program. The scholarships, or vouchers, are given to low-income parents so they can pay to send their children to private rather than public schools.

Police arrested 14 educators who refused to leave the intersection.
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Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Raleigh Wednesday to demand increased funding for public schools and expanded Medicaid. Police arrested fourteen teachers, teacher assistants and parents for blocking traffic.

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Candidate filing begins today for the Wake County Board of Education, and all nine seats will be on the November ballot.

Board-member turnover is likely, since all but one of the school board members will find themselves in the same district as another incumbent.

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The Wake County Board of Education has voted to update its discipline policy.

The changes will limit the number of students in long-term suspension, according to Bren Elliot, Wake's Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services, adding that principals will have more discretion to transfer students to an alternative web-based education track called SCORE.

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Lawmakers in the state House have renewed efforts to direct more money from school districts to charter schools.

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WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

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WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

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