Education

Education
8:35 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Gov. McCrory To Review Law Repealing Teacher Tenure

Credit NC Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory says his staff will consider making changes to a new law that offers raises to top teachers who give up tenure rights.

Under the law, teacher tenure will be phased out by 2018 and replaced with a plan that requires local school districts to pick the top 25-percent of teachers who will be offered four-year contracts and bonuses.

“I think it’s an example of passing a policy without clearly understanding the execution,” McCrory said.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

'You're The Reason I Started Doing Performance Poetry'

Carrboro High School teacher Mackensie Malkemes and junior Ryley McGinnis
Credit Timothy Leow

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Ryley McGinnis was shy and hadn't thought much about performance poetry when she entered Mackensie Malkemes' English class at Carrboro High School, but  a year later, Ryley is writing and reading her poetry out loud whenever she has the chance.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

North Carolina Scores On Civil Rights Education: From "F" To "B" In 2 Years

Members of the North Carolina Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, shown at the Tottle House lunch counter in Atlanta in 1960, sparked sit-ins across the South.
Credit U.S. Embassy The Hague via Flickr

  North Carolina outperforms most states when it comes to teaching civil rights education to K-12 classrooms, according to a new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project.

The center assigned A-through-F grades to each state based on their education standards and resources available to teachers. North Carolina scored a “B,” a drastic improvement from the “F” it received in a similar report from 2011.

Twenty states received “F’s,” while 14 received “D’s.” The study notes that twelve states require no teaching of the civil rights movement at all.

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

'I Still Have That Story. It Gave Me Confidence To Pursue Writing'

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Middle school teacher Steven Simmons says he was a little overwhelmed in 2005 when he started his career at Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill. But third graders like Aditi Goyal kept him going in those early days.

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Education
4:48 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Wake School Board Joins Opposition To 25 Percent Mandate

Broughton High School teacher Lee Quinn speaks out against the 25 percent mandate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

On Thursday nights, some Broughton High School teachers get together after school. And while other days might be spent collaborating with colleagues or coaching a team or tutoring students, this meeting is different. They are coming together to write letters to Legislators – explaining that they are unhappy, unappreciated, and unified.

For many, the State Legislature ending tenure and replacing it with a plan that will give bonuses and four-year contracts to the top 25 percent of teachers - if they relinquish their tenure rights now – was the last straw.

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Duke Porn Star
7:15 am
Tue March 4, 2014

The Duke Porn Star: Three Waves Of Internet Shaming

'Belle Knox' provided this self portrait to the site xojane.com
Credit Belle Knox

Update 3/5/14: In a new op-ed on xoJane.com, Lauren revealed her stage name and image:

“Today, I am choosing to reveal my porn identity to the world. My name is Belle Knox, and I wear my Scarlet Letter with pride.” Knox also gave an interview to Playboy magazine's website.

Here is our original story:

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

'You've Become More Of A Role Model For Students'

Northern High School principal Matthew Hunt and senior Caleb Crawley
Credit Will Michaels / WUNC

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

Caleb Crawley is a senior at Northern High School in Durham, where Matthew Hunt is serving his first year as principal.  Mr. Hunt has walked the halls of Northern High for several years as an administrator, but he played basketball in the Netherlands long before he made his way to a classroom.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

'High School Is Not Easy. It's Not'

Chapel Hill High School English instructor Michael Irwin and senior Madison Gunning
Credit Madison Gunning

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

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Education
4:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

No Apples, But Plenty Of Benefits To Being A Virtual Teacher

Julie Reeves, her daughter Abby, and her laptop.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The reason Julie Reeves left the classroom is sitting in her lap. And she has a bit of cold.

Abby is 6-months old, and she’s being held strategically by her mom, just out of arm’s reach of a laptop and her daily to-do list. The neatly-typed piece of paper shows when Reeves will need to check in on her students in Wilmington, Alamance County, and western North Carolina. She’s in Knightdale, and will use a variety of ways to make that connection, including using phone conversations, multimedia presentations, written assignments, and texting. 

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My Teacher
3:56 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

My Teacher Series - Submit Your Story!

Credit Keith Weston / WUNC

My Teacher is a new initiative from North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC. We're traveling the state, finding teachers and students to tell their stories. You don't have to wait for us to show up to record and submit your story, though.

You could write to us, and tell us a story about your teacher. (Put 'My Teacher' in the subject line.) Or, you could record the conversation yourself with your smartphone!

Simply make an appointment with your teacher.

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