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A Wake County Public Schools building.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Wake County school officials say they need $1 billion to build new schools and renovate older ones. Homeowners may be asked this spring if they want to fund the projects.

That depends on whether or not Wake County commissioners and school board members agree to put a school bond referendum on the May 2018 ballot. If passed, the county’s property taxes would go up.

a high school sohpohmore at a locker
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

The bell rings at Granville Central High School to signal lunch time on a recent afternoon. Hundreds of students pour into the hallways carrying bright-colored backpacks, lunches and laptops. But not one student is holding a book – or stopping at a locker.

Supporters of the UNC Center for Civil Rights protest outside of a committee meeting of the UNC Board of Governors meeting on August 1, 2017.
Dave Dewitt / WUNC

Updated at 10:56 a.m., September 8, 2017

The UNC Board of Governors has passed a resolution that bans university-based centers from filing lawsuits. The resolution means the Center for Civil Rights, based at the UNC Chapel Hill Law School, can no longer sue on behalf of low-income and minority clients. 

My Teacher: What Do You See in Me?

Sep 7, 2017
Thornhill & Avianna
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.

My Teacher: Setting Up The Stage

Sep 5, 2017
Haley, Domack, and Erin
Courtesy of Tim Domack

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.

A pencil and a form on a table inside a public school in Durham.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The State Board of Education will take a final vote on Thursday on its plan for evaluating North Carolina public schools, a requirement of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The document must include grading formulas that tell parents and the federal government how well each school is educating its students.

mold
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Two Granville County Schools are closed because of problems with mold. Butner-Stem Elementary and Creedmoor Elementary are both closed, according to Spokesman Stan Winborne.

Wake County bus driver Auh Murel Wright greets a student before the afternoon trip home. Wright is among many school-based employees who struggle to make ends meet on their current salaries.
Jess Clark / WUNC

Thousands of school buses will hit the roads this week for the first day of classes at many schools across the state. Whether you're a parent of a school-age child or a motorist sharing the road with buses, here are several things to keep in mind: 

An image of Duke Campus
Duke University

Duke University is planning to raise its minimum wage for eligible employees and full-time contract workers to $15 an hour by July 2019. That's more than twice the federal and state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

A North Carolina public school system has revised its dress code to prohibit the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan symbols and swastikas.

Teacher in classroom with students.
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From 2010-2015, North Carolina’s public university teacher training programs experienced a 30 percent decrease in enrollment. Meanwhile the state also saw a high rate of teacher turnover. 

ECU

The Greenville contingent of the University of North Carolina System is re-branding itself. East Carolina University will henceforth be known simply as ECU.

NC State University
NC State University

A five year decline in North Carolina students enrolling in teaching programs appears to be turning around. The University of North Carolina system saw a 6 percent uptick in education degree-seekers last year.  One college of education is seeing gains in enrollment as students return this fall.

Charlotte School of Law is closed after eight months of fighting to stay open.  The North Carolina Attorney General's Office said Tuesday the for-profit school can no longer operate and, if it tries to, the department will force it to shut down. That's because the school's license has expired. 

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt at a BOT meeting in September 2016
Emily Kristina Gabbard / WUNC

Administrators and coaches from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are in Nashville Wednesday. They are there to face questions from the NCAA over an academic scandal that is entering its seventh year.

Photo of a ball and chain with "student loans" written on it
thisisbossi / Flickr

A breakdown of education statistics shows racial disparities in student loan debt.

The left-leaning North Carolina Justice Center compiled the report from federal education data, as well as studies from the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute. 

It says black students are more likely to have student debt, and more likely to have higher balances when they graduate. 

NC Justice Center policy advocate Marion Johnson says financial support for assistance like need-based scholarships is not keeping up with demand.

Profile photo of Wendell Tabb outside WUNC Durham studios.
Courtesy Wendell Tabb

A drama teacher has sued his North Carolina public school district for racial discrimination in staffing and unfair compensation.

North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Volunteers are at the ready to help carry luggage and bedding at North Carolina A&T University's new student move-in on Friday.

school supplies
Flickr via Robert S. Donovan

North Carolina's governor used the launch of a school supply drive on Tuesday to argue that the GOP has been inadequately funding education, forcing too many teachers to have to use their own money to buy pencils and paper for their students.

Duke University President Vincent Price sat down with WUNC's Managing Editor Dave DeWitt for an interview.
Duke University

Vincent Price has been on the job as Duke University’s president for a little more than a month now. The former University of Pennsylvania Provost has been a leader in digital learning and building interdisciplinary opportunities.

the bell tower at UNC-Greensboro
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has announced a new enrollment program with two nearby community colleges.

photo of an apple on top of books
Kate Ter Haar / Creative Commons

The North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship program supplies funds to help up to 6,000 low income students attend private schools. The state-run program is slated to expand in coming years. Education researchers from North Carolina State University recently evaluated the scholarship to see how it's working for parents and schools who participate.

Board of Governor's committee meeting
Dave Dewitt / WUNC

Updated at 2:55 p.m., August 1, 2017

A committee has approved a ban on courtroom work by a center founded at the University of North Carolina to help the poor and disenfranchised.

James Williamson
Courtesy of the North Carolina Community College System

The head of one of the country's largest community college systems is stepping down 13 months after taking the North Carolina job.

In this photo taken May 11, 2017, a crowded room of concerned citizens listen during a public forum in Chapel Hill, N.C., regarding the UNC Center for Civil Rights ability to represent poor and minority clients in court.
Gerry Broome / AP

A ban on courtroom work for a University of North Carolina center that represents the poor and disenfranchised puts the school's "hard-earned reputation at risk" if it leads the closure of the center, the chancellor of UNC's flagship campus says.

Courtesy of NC A&T State University

Officials at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University are making an effort to raise minimum admission standards for future incoming students.

Tashni Dubroy
Tashni Dubroy

Tashni Dubroy has served as president of Shaw University in Raleigh since 2015. As president, Dubroy has helped bolster the South’s oldest historically black university. She has been credited with increasing the school’s enrollment and closing a $4 million fundraising gap. Earlier this month, Dubroy was recognized for her work and awarded Female President of the Year at the 2017 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Awards. Now Dubroy is stepping away from Shaw University to work for Howard University in Washington D.C. as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Wake School Bus
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

North Carolina motorists could be fined at least $400 if they pass a stopped school bus, according to a new law now in effect.

The old well at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Tim Schleicher / flickr, Creative Commons

North Carolina is scheduled to appear before an NCAA infractions committee panel next month in its multiyear and oft-delayed academic case.

Profile photo of Wendell Tabb outside WUNC Durham studios.
Courtesy Wendell Tabb

Wendell Tabb spent much of his life training for a career as a stage actor. So when an opportunity arose to teach drama at Hillside High School in Durham, he thought the gig would be a detour on his life journey.

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