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Wake County school board members are considering where they can make cuts in order to fill a $17.5 million budget gap. A proposed plan would increase class sizes, freeze teachers' local salary supplements and cut back on custodial services.

Studies show later school start times for teens improve health and academics.
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Students in Durham's year-round traditional public schools head back to the classroom today. They'll be the first group of students to experience the district's new bell schedule.

North Carolina State Legislature
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More than half of the state budget is spent on public education.

In the latest budget adjustments, state lawmakers approved an average 4.7 percent raise for teachers.

House lawmakers propose small increases in teacher pay based on years of experience.
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In their budget compromise, lawmakers have allocated millions of dollars to give certain teachers bonuses for how well their students perform. Top third-grade reading teachers would earn thousands of dollars extra, and Advanced Placement teachers would receive $50 for each of their students who passes an AP or other advanced test.

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Forty-two million people in the United States owe $1.3 trillion in student debt, according to a recent report from Reveal radio program in conjunction with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

In 2014 in North Carolina, 61 percent of students graduating from public and private four-year institutions graduated with loans amounting to an average of $25,000 per individual, according to The Project on Student Debt. The privatization of Sallie Mae and the continued disinvestment in public higher education at the state level contribute to the problem.

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Earlier this month, 14 public school teachers were arrested outside of Gov. Pat McCrory's office after they linked arms and blocked a downtown Raleigh intersection. The demonstration was a response to what the teachers say is a lack of funding for North Carolina's public schools.

In the days since the protest, teachers have posted their mugshots to social media along with their reasons for demonstrating. One teacher wrote, "I've taught World and U.S. history without a textbook for the past four years." Those posts have gone viral.

Lawmakers are considering a number of education changes.
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with the most recent action from the state Legislature. 

Changes to the charter school renewal process have cleared both the state House and Senate, and are on their way to the governor's desk.

NC Senate Passes Charter School Takeover Bill

Jun 24, 2016
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with the most recent action from the state Legislature. 

Lawmakers in the state Senate have passed a bill that would turn over five of the state's struggling elementary schools to charter school organizations.

The bill goes back to the House for an up-or-down vote.

The new center in Tacoma, Washington comes after years of complaints from service members that it’s nearly impossible to find autism therapy for their children.

a nationwide collaboration between NPR’s Ed Team and 20 member station reporters exploring how states pay for their public schools and why many are failing to meet the needs of their most vulnerable students.
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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.

The University of Southern California is doing something unique -- offering a college degree called an MBV – a Masters of Business for Veterans.

Two maps show new boundaries for Wake County Schools starting in 2016.
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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.

My Teacher: The Last Day of School

Jun 10, 2016
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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.

My Teacher: Tweeting AP US History

Jun 9, 2016
Picture of student Lena and teacher Drew in front of a classroom door.
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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.

Fayetteville math teacher Kenneth Williams creates a life-sized right triangle in his classroom.
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Lawmakers in the state Senate plan to vote Thursday on a bill that would let students opt out of the integrated high school math sequence, and take a more traditional math sequence instead.

My Teacher: Using Stories to Connect

Jun 7, 2016
Student Patrick and teacher William stand in a biology class.
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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.

Picture of student Ira and teacher Ms. Breeze in front of a brick wall.
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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.

 

Today we meet Durham School of the Arts sophomore Ira Ilagan and her biology teacher Kelley Breeze. Ira wanted to talk with Ms. Breeze about a frightening moment that happened earlier this year. 

 

 

 

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Famed North Carolina author Clyde Edgerton is best known for his witty, character-driven novels about Southern life, like “Raney” and “Killer Diller.” He is now in the headlines for being banned from all public schools in New Hanover County where two of his children attend elementary school.

Student Ray Starn and teacher Mira Rahili stand in a 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 connection in the classroom.

In Durham, North Carolina, Riverside High School junior Ray Starn sat down and interviewed his creative writing teacher Mira Rahili. Ms. Rahili taught Ray first period, freshman year. It was the opening scene to his high school career. And the personal stories Ms. Rahili shared with that class helped Ray connect, have fun, and succeed at Riverside.  

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The My Teacher Series is an initiative from WUNC that seeks to highlight high school student-teacher relationships across North Carolina.

We're traveling the state and helping students interview teachers who have made a lasting impact in their lives. We want to hear the stories that student and teachers think are important, and we want to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom. You don't have to wait for us to show up to record and submit your story, though.

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, some American high school students are traveling to Normandy, France to make sure the victims of World War II aren't forgotten.

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