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12:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Mission To Save African-American “School of Hope” In Western North Carolina

The Children from Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School
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In 1912, famed educator Booker T. Washington approached philanthropist and Sears Roebuck Company CEO Julius Rosenwald with a plan to build schools for African-American children in the South. 

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Education
5:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Cary Considers Overcrowded Schools In Rezoning Talks

Credit Dave DeWitt

 Members of the Cary Town Council are calling on county officials to help address the issue of overcrowding in Wake County public schools.

Earlier this month, the council tabled a request to rezone about 58 acres in west Cary that would have created 130 new homes.

Some members say they don’t feel comfortable moving forward with the plan just yet – at least not while many of the nearby schools are at or above capacity.

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Education
7:20 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Wake County Schools To Ask Students To Bring Electronic Devices

Credit Sean MacEntee / Flickr/Creative Commons

Thirteen public schools in Wake County will soon be asking students to bring their tablets, smartphones, iPads and laptops to class.

The elementary, middle and high schools are participating in a pilot program called BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, that will be rolled out over the next couple of months.

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Education
12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

North Carolina Teachers Learn About Undocumented Immigrants Through Remarkable Story

Tamaulipas, Mexico, 1996 – Marisol daydreams at dusk while anticipating the arrival of more garbage trucks at the municipal dump.
Credit Janet Jarman

Immigration has taken center stage this week with President Obama's announcement of protection for some  children and families who entered the country illegally. In North Carolina, some area teachers have recently been trained to better understand the experience of such undocumented immigrants. The training is based on an extraordinary set of photos, taken over two decades, on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

WUNC's Carol Jackson tells the story:

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Education
5:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Here's How Education Cuts Are Affecting NC Teacher Assistants

Fayetteville teacher assistant Grace King works with 1st graders on sight words.
Credit Reema Khrais

Public school districts throughout the state have fewer teacher assistants in the classrooms this academic year than the previous year, despite assurances from lawmakers that the state budget would not lead to TA reductions.  

Since the 2008-09 recession, state funding for TAs has been reduced by more than 20 percent, leading to thousands of cuts.

In Cumberland County Schools, teacher assistant Grace King begins her day driving a school bus.

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Education
8:26 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Still No Money For NC Group Reviewing Common Core Standards

The Academic Standards Review Commission met for their third meeting on Monday.
Credit Reema Khrais

  A commission charged with making changes to the state's Common Core academic standards is facing a very elemental question: how will it get the money it needs to complete its work?

Legislators passed a bill this summer to create a commission to review and recommend changes to the Math and English academic standards for public school students.

In the legislation, lawmakers outlined that the commission should have money to hire staff and conduct research, but did not make clear how much money the commission will receive and where it will come from.

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Education
12:57 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

1 Killed, 4 Hurt In Bridge Collapse On Wake Tech Campus

A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed on Wake Tech campus.
Credit WRAL via Twitter

Officials say one worker has been killed and four others were hurt when a pedestrian bridge under construction on Wake Tech Community College's northern campus collapsed. Wake County EMS officials say the four men suffered injuries Thursday that were serious enough to send them to a hospital trauma unit.

Jeff Hammerstein with Wake EMS says he thinks the highest point on the bridge was 40 feet above the ground. 

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11:59 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Behind-The-Scenes: How Duke Lemur Center's Jovian Came To Be A PBS Star

This is the story of how Jovian, a Coquerel’s sifaka, became the the "leaping, prancing otherworldly star" of the PBS KIDS show Zoboomafoo. Jovian died Monday at the Duke Lemur Center. He was 20 years old.
Durham, NC - Jovian, in a contemplative mood at the Duke Lemur Center. A quiet sadness spread over the Duke Lemur Center staff on Monday as news spread that Jovian, a much-loved Coquerel's sifaka had died of kidney failure at the age of 20.5 years.
Education
3:08 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

In Light Of Scandal, UNC Professors Consider New Ethics Policy

A group of faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pursuing the idea of a new ethics policy.

At a Faculty Executive Committee meeting Monday, epidemiology professor Jim Thomas proposed developing a comprehensive ethics policy for the university as a whole. Thomas says he first suggested the idea a decade ago, but the recent scandal involving sham classes has allowed the proposal to gain traction.

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Education
12:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

This Week Only: Apply To Many NC Colleges For Free

Credit Will Folsom / Flickr/Creative Commons

All this week, many area colleges and universities are waiving their application fees. Costs usually run between $40 and $100 per application, so for those students who are applying to several schools, the savings can be substantial. Don't wait till the weekend, though. The special program ends on Friday, Nov. 14.

Here is a complete list of participating colleges and universities:

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