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9:29 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Big Night For Bonds In Wake, Raleigh

The $810-million bond will go to improving schools in Wake County.
Credit Malate269 / Wikimedia Commons

Wake County voters have overwhelmingly passed an $810-million school bond referendum. 

The final margin wasn't even close. Wake voters approved of the new school bond by 16 percentage points. It was a big win for bond supporters, including Democrats and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Some Republicans had worked to defeat the bond, but they were greatly outspent during the campaign.

The money that will come from the ten percent increase in property taxes will be used to build 16 new schools and renovate dozens of others.

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Education
8:20 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Report: Corporal Punishment On The Decline In N.C.

Credit Action for Children NC

A new report from Action for Children North Carolina shows corporal punishment continues to be used less and less in the state.

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Education
4:07 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Voters Decide Bonds' Fate Today

Voters will decide on the $810-million Wake School Bond today.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Voters in Wake County and Raleigh have two major bonds to decide on when they go to the polls today. 

The $810-million Wake School Bond has been dissected and argued over for months. Supporters say it is past time to build new schools and renovate old ones. They offer enrollment growth projections and low-interest rates as two reasons to pass the bond.

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Education
3:45 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Tablet Program Suspended In Greensboro

Credit Jeff Tiberii

Leaders with Guilford County schools announced today they are suspending a tablet-computer initiative indefinitely.  The surprising news came at a hastily called press conference Friday.  Guilford County was in the process of implementing the largest tablet program in U.S. History. It is funded by a $30 million federal grant. Since the school system started handing out tablets to teachers in June, and students in August, about 10-percent have been cracked or broken.

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Education
6:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

NC State Receives Record Gift For Scholarships

The bell tower on the campus of NC State University
Credit NC State University

The Park Foundation has given $50 million to North Carolina State University to start an endowment for the school's prestigious Park scholarships. The gift is the largest in university history.

Each year, 45 students from all academic disciplines  are awarded full-ride scholarships. They also cover room and board, a computer, and offer lots of experiential learning opportunities.  Chancellor Randy Woodson talks about what the endowment means to the school...

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Education
4:47 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Vote Likely To Be Close On Wake School Bond

Opponents have launched an aggressive effort to defeat the Wake School Bond.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The Marching Trojans from Garner Magnet High School aren’t marching this morning – they are sitting, and practicing, in the band room. Their bags and instrument cases are stacked in every corner of the tiny space, on pockmarked floors and against cracked walls.

After band class, many will make their way across a grass-less, uncovered field to the temporary, modular cafeteria. Or as they call it here, the “Trailer-teria.”

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Education
4:01 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Savings And Safety: Can NC's New School Bus Plan Have Both?

Mechanics must inspect every North Carolina school bus once every 30 days.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Consider the school bus. It’s big and yellow, a loud diesel engine spewing black smoke into the air. Lots of old gum under the seats. Maybe a surly but lovable driver. And plenty of spirited kids climbing on at the end of another long school day.

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Education
4:10 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Wake Stem HS Opens New Building

Officials will cut the ribbon on the new building for the Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School Friday morning.
Credit WCPSS

A unique high school with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math will officially open its new building today. The Wake N.C. State STEM Early College High School is designed to serve students who would be the first in their families to go to college. 

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Education
2:01 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

UNC Working To Serve Veterans

About three percent of students on UNC System campuses receive the GI Bill.
Credit UNC

With major military installations and affordable public higher education, North Carolina is well-suited to take advantage of the high number of veterans looking to attend college. The federal government has spent more than $30 billion on the post 9-11 GI bill since revamping it four years ago – a number that is likely to increase sharply as more military personnel are discharged.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

North Carolina Charter School Expansion

Credit David Benbennick via wikimedia commons

  Next year, 26 new charter schools will open their doors to students in North Carolina. An additional 170 groups filed initial applications to open charter schools in 2015. The growth comes on the heels of legislature eliminating the 100 charter school cap and voting to form a new advisory board to consider charter school applications. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt about the changes in the charter school movement and the ways the state regulates these independent institutions.

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