10:29 am
Sat February 28, 2015

How Some Teachers, Even On Snow Days, Are Still Teaching

Millbrook High School A. P. Human Geography teacher Mark Grow at work
Credit Reema Khrais, WUNC

Many North Carolina students have been in class for only two days in the last two weeks because of the icy weather. But that doesn’t mean some of them haven’t been learning, or that teachers have stopped teaching.

On Friday morning at Millbrook High School in Wake County, Mark Grow carefully sidestepped an icy pathway where someone was shoveling.

“It’s been pretty slippery trying to get in and out of the building,” he said as he walked inside a school pod.

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12:21 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

It's Final: UNC Board of Governors Votes To Close Academic Centers

The UNC Board of Governors met in Charlotte today.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The full UNC Board of Governors met in Charlotte this morning and voted unanimously to close three academic centers.

The centers ordered to close are: the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill; the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina; and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at NC Central.

Board of Governors leadership denied that politics played a role.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Cheating For College Athletes From The Outside

Credit Alberto G. / flickr


College athletics programs are under a lot of pressure to make money for their schools. That means, among other things, keeping players academically eligible.

The scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill is one example. An investigator there found that over the course of 18 years, nearly 3,000 students took classes that did not require them to show up. About half were student athletes, and the report pointed the blame at a few administrators.

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Winter Weather
9:50 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

With All The Snow, NC Schools Consider How To Make Up Lost Time

Credit Carol Jackson

Many North Carolina school districts will have to make some tough decisions on how to make up the recent snow days.

State law requires all public schools to have at least 1,025 instructional hours or 85 instructional days in their calendars. Most school districts have some snow days built into their calendars, so they don’t have to make up all of the lost time.

But for the days they do have to make up, school officials have several options, which include:

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Winter Weather
12:11 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Stranded At School: Chapel Hill-Carrboro Lets Out Before Buses Can Hit The Road

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools are closing early because of winter weather, but buses won't be able to drive kids home until road conditions improve.

Winter weather prompted many schools to close across central North Carolina today. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools made that call later than others. 

Classes at Chapel Hill-Carrboro high schools were canceled today, but not before elementary and middle school students got to their desks.

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Private School Vouchers
7:54 am
Tue February 24, 2015

N.C. Supreme Court To Hear Private School Voucher Case

Credit SalFalko via Flickr, Creative Commons

The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday morning on a case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s private school voucher program.

The status of private school vouchers in North Carolina has been in flux ever since two lawsuits were filed in December 2013 that seek to end the vouchers, or Opportunity Scholarships. The North Carolina Association of Educators and the NC Justice Center filed a suit on behalf of 25 plaintiffs, while the NC School Boards Association filed a second lawsuit.

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Chapel Hill Shootings
3:59 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

N.C. State Scholarship Fund To Honor Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

Members of the Barakat and Abu-Salha families share their gratitude for N.C. State's new scholarship fund honoring the memories of Razan Abu-Salha, Deah Abu-Salha and Yusor Abu-Salha.
Credit Reema Khrais

North Carolina State University is creating a scholarship fund to honor Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, three family members who were shot to death in Chapel Hill February 10. A neighbor, Craig Hicks, has been charged with first-degree murder.

“This is the first blessing and the first happy day after the tragedy,” said Mohammad Abu-Salha, the father of Razan and Yusor, on Friday afternoon when university officials announced the new endowment.

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7:12 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Study: Higher Education Has $63.5 Billion Impact On N.C. Economy

Credit Caroline Culler / Wikipedia

The state’s higher education institutions had a $63.5 billion impact on the state’s economy in the 2012-13 fiscal year, according to a new study. 

Higher education leaders say the report shows that the North Carolina’s institutions of higher education are providing a strong return on investment for students and taxpayers.

It notes that taxpayers invested $4.3 billion to support higher education in 2012-13, and received a $17 billion return.

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2:33 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

UNC Board Of Governors A Step Closer To Closing Academic Centers

Gene Nichol leads The Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Credit UNC Law School

A committee of the UNC Board of Governors has recommended closing three academic centers and placing 13 others under review.

The seven-member committee started last year by looking at more than 200 academic centers on the 16 UNC system campuses. Together, the centers and institutes receive $69 million in state appropriations – a 40% drop from 2009.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Meet Dudley Flood, Champion Of Desegregation In North Carolina

Dudley Flood speaks to the NC Air National Guard in 2011
Credit North Carolina National Guard


It had been 15 years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision that struck down segregation in schools.  

But in 1969, most public schools in North Carolina were still segregated, so when Dudley Flood was called to desegregate every school in the state, he was overwhelmed, but he was not skeptical.

He had learned from his tiny hometown in northeastern North Carolina that education could be the great equalizer.

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