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Cedar Fork Elementary in Wake County would have to add three more kindergarten classrooms under the class-size change scheduled to go into effect in the fall.
Jess Clark / WUNC

A recent study of North Carolina students found positive long-term results from exposing minority students to teachers of the same race.

Wake County School Bus
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Students riding Wake County school buses will soon have a new reason to smile: They'll be on camera.

The district plans to install security cameras on 740 of its buses by June.

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Legislators will meet next week to consider bills that would strip local school boards' of their right to sue county commissioners for more education funding.

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Duke University delayed plans to build a $55 million natural gas plant on campus. 

The university appointed a special subcommittee of the Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) to study the feasibility of building a combined heat and power (CHP). The group delivered its recommendations on Monday.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse seen from the light keepers house in Buxton. The lighthouse was put in service in 1870 and is the world's tallest brick lighthouse at 208 feet. Its beacon can be seen 20 miles out at sea.
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North Carolina's school calendar law can be a nightmare for school systems to navigate. Take it from Anthony Jackson, Superintendent for Vance County Schools.

"It's very, very difficult. It's putting together a puzzle," Jackson said.

Fourth-grader Alexa has been taking lessons with Musical Empowerment volunteer Mai Riquier for the past three years. She says that without violin lessons, she’d be “so stressed out,” and that they make her “feel like [she] can do anything in the world.”
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On a recent evening in a second-floor room of the University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, Joshua Pongsitiphon tries out the final chords of a funeral march on a slightly out-of-tune piano. His teacher, Katharine Batchelor, sits next to him on the piano bench. She asks him how the new piece feels.

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Durham Charter School Kestrel Heights has lost its appeal to keep running its high school.

The state Board of Education voted Thursday to uphold an earlier decision to revoke the school's right to serve high school students.

Cedar Fork Elementary in Wake County would have to add three more kindergarten classrooms under the class-size change scheduled to go into effect in the fall.
Jess Clark / WUNC

Public-school officials are panicking ahead of state-mandated class-size reductions in kindergarten through third grade. School systems say lawmakers gave them an unfunded mandate when they demanded schools cut K-3 class sizes starting next school year.

Students at Eno Valley Elementary School in Durham work on homework during a free afterschool program. It's entirely funded by a federal education grant that the Trump administration wants to scrap.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

The Trump administration wants to cut $1 billion in federal education funding for after-school programs. Many of these programs provide low-cost or free academic opportunities for low-income students.

White House officials say those programs have not been effective. But some local educators, parents -- and kids -- disagree.

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An analysis from Duke University found that transgender college freshmen are more likely to have negative experiences from drinking than their peers.

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Lisa Philip / WUNC

On a recent morning, two third-graders from New Hanover County get their teeth cleaned and examined in the dentist's office that's parked next to a dumpster, under a stand of pine trees behind their school. The mobile clinic was at another school the day before.

Parents at a Triangle charter school listened to a presentation about how to deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
Jess Clark / WUNC

President Donald Trump’s new rules on immigration enforcement have undocumented immigrants on edge.

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State Board of Education members voted Thursday to revoke Kestrel Heights Charter School's right to serve high school students. The Durham K-12 charter school is on thin ice after it uncovered a long-running diploma scandal.

My Teacher: Working Through The Scientific Method

Feb 27, 2017
Teacher Michelle Malach and Student Isabel Daumen
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WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

Several local service and faith organizations hosted a multicultural Thanksgiving Dinner to welcome immigrants and refugees.
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Across the Triangle, more than 32,000 students were absent from school on Thursday, Feb. 16.

That's a full 15 percent of the total population, or about three times the absent rate for an average day.

Nestled in the Smokies Robbinsville High School is one of the few schools in the state that still uses corporal punishment.
Jess Clark / WUNC

Corporal punishment is still a legal practice in North Carolina schools. But today there are just two districts in the state where educators still inflict pain on students as a form of discipline.

Lisa Philip / WUNC

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, high schooler Antoinette Ray tried to vacuum her dorm room without bumping into anything.

For the 16-year-old, the task isn't just a chore.

“If I want to live by myself, I’m gonna have to learn how to vacuum my own floor without somebody being there,” she said.

My Teacher: Ties Through Clemson

Feb 20, 2017
Student Ashley Tysiac and Teacher Misha Gregory
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WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

Fayetteville math teacher Kenneth Williams creates a life-sized right triangle in his classroom.
Jess Clark

Over the past few years, teachers across North Carolina received highly publicized pay raises.

The increases were generally met with few objections and heralded as long overdue.

Left out of the press releases, however, was a shift that reduced teaching assistant positions, something that will hurt disadvantaged students across the state.

My Teacher: Good Humor Goes A Long Way

Feb 13, 2017
Teacher Brent Myers and Student Anna Neal
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WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

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The northeast corner of North Carolina, or the Albemarle region, is commonly known as pass-through country for vacationers headed to Virginia or the Outer Banks.

Nearly one resident  in every five lives in poverty, and one in four is over the age of 60, according to local government statistics. Community members say a lack of economic and educational opportunity push and keep young people out.

My Teacher: Connecting Through Creative Writing

Feb 6, 2017
Student Paula with Teacher Sarah
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WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

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Duke University

University endowments across the nation took a hit last year, and North Carolina’s universities were not spared.

Among North Carolina universities, six of the seven largest endowments declined in value. Duke University experienced the largest decline as its endowment fell 6.3 percent to $6.8 billion as of June 30, 2016, the end of the fiscal year.

My Teacher: Doing the Math

Jan 30, 2017
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

Tammy Thompson monitors her daughters while they do their school work through North Carolina Virtual Academy.
Jess Clark / WUNC

It looks a lot like Saturday morning at the Thompson household in Johnston County.  Three young girls are in comfy sweats at the breakfast table or kitchen island, each slouched in front of a glowing laptop. But this is 11 a.m. on a Monday. And while the Thompson girls aren’t in a classroom, they are in school.

Wake County School Bus
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The Wake County Sheriff says the local public school system should have its own police agency.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison's recommendation comes after video footage showed a police officer slamming a Rolesville High School student to the ground earlier this month.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham is part of the University of North Carolina System.
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University leaders say too many of North Carolina’s top high school students choose out-of-state colleges, and they want to do something about it.

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It began with a tip from two Kestrel Heights Charter School staff members. They pulled aside Kestrel’s executive director Mark Tracy on his visit to the Durham K-12 charter and told him they were worried two seniors did not have the credits to graduate. That tip set off an internal investigation by Kestrel, which revealed past school administrators had been giving out faulty diplomas for years. Since 2008, 40 percent of Kestrel students received a diploma without meeting the state requirements.

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As a teenager in Jamaica, Tashni Dubroy struggled to understand chemistry. But after a breakthrough moment in her high school chemistry class, she fell in love with the science.

She moved to the United States to attend community college, and then to Raleigh to attend Shaw University.

UNC System President Margaret Spellings, left, and UNC Board of Governors chairman Louis Bissette
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North Carolina's public universities will likely increase tuition and fees for new students.

Even after a 2 percent tuition increase, however, North Carolina public universities would still rank among the cheapest when compared to respective peers.

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