Education

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

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

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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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Education
7:12 am
Thu February 19, 2015

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

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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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Education
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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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Young Entrepreneurs Solving Social Problems

UNC’s 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Conference challenges students on our 17 campuses to identify some of North Carolina’s most pressing social problems, then take a business-oriented approach to solving them.
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   Students throughout the University of North Carolina's system are working to identify some of the state's most pressing social problems and address them with business-oriented approaches. 

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Education
10:45 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Fayetteville Tech Teaches Future Mechanics To Fix Next-Generation Cars

John Stender, program participant
Credit Leoneda Inge

Tinkering with the family car used to be good training for getting a job at a body shop or a garage. But the vehicles rolling off assembly lines these days are so high-tech, a whole new generations of workers is needed to repair them.

There's a new degree program at Fayetteville Tech designed to fill the growing demand for highly-trained mechanics.

Jon Stender is one of the first students to enroll in the new collision repair and refinishing technology two-year degree program.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Veteran, Storyteller And Teacher Ray Christian

Ray Christian
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Ray Christian is a born storyteller. Growing up, he read to his illiterate parents.  He sought escape from an impoverished childhood in Richmond, Virginia by joining the military. In his two decades in the Army, he served in combat zones and jumped from planes as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. Today he weaves tales of those experiences into narratives that he shares on stage and he highlights the stories of others as a history instructor at Appalachian State University.  Host Frank Stasio talks with Ray Christian about his life and stories.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

North Carolina Public Schools Get Letter Grades

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released letter grades for every school in the state.

They are based on standardized testing and academic growth. The report says 29 percent of them got a D or an F last year, which by law prompts them to notify parents of their low grades.

Supporters of the new evaluation system say it is more comprehensive. Opponents say it is not an accurate depiction of public education.

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Education
1:11 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

29 Percent Of North Carolina Public Schools Rated 'D' Or 'F'

Credit Reema Khrais

Updated 7:31 PM

North Carolina public schools received letter grades for the first time on Thursday, with high-poverty schools receiving more Ds and Fs than those with fewer low-income students.

Under the new A through F grading system, more than two-thirds of schools received Cs, Ds or Fs and only about five percent earned As.

The grades are based on two different metrics:

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