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Education
10:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Under Pressure, NC Schools Request Different Third-Grade Reading Tests

School districts say current assessments under the Read to Achieve mandate are excessive and take away from teaching time.
Credit Judy Baxter via Flickr

Calling the current testing mandate excessive, school districts are asking the State Board of Education if they can implement their own tests to fulfill the state’s new reading law for third-grade students.

Under the Read to Achieve law, passed last year, third-grade students are required to attend summer reading camps if they are not reading at grade level by the end of the year.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

How NC Funding Of Schools Differs From Most States

North Carolina's public schools receive 58% of their funding from the state government.
Credit Dave DeWitt

North Carolina ranks eighth in the nation in the percentage of state funding schools receive, according to officials.

The state’s public schools receive 58% of their revenues from the state government, compared to nation’s average of 44%. The remaining profits come from local and federal sources, though most states receive about 50-50 from state and local levels.

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Education
4:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Black Child In A Mostly White School: Story Spans 13 Years

Idris Brewster and Seun Summers
Credit American Promise film

Over the course of 13 years, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson filmed their son's progress through the elite New York City prep school called Dalton. As an African-American family in a predominantly white school, the years were challenging for everyone.

Their documentary American Promise airs on  UNC-TV Thursday 2/6/14 at 10 p.m.

A year ago, Dick Gordon talked with Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson when they were in Durham N.C. for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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Education
10:19 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Private School Vouchers Become Available, Despite Lawsuits

Parent DeNille Amendola hopes to send her 11-year-old son to a private school next year with help from the state's new voucher program.
Credit Reema Khrais

A new program that will help low-income families afford to send their children to private schools has started accepting applications, despite harsh criticisms and legal challenges that have plagued it.

Critics of the voucher program insist it will tear money away from public schools, while supporters have hailed it as a way to give low-income families school choice.

Parent DeNille Amendola doesn’t involve herself in the sticky details of the dispute.  All she cares about is how it could finally provide a “better education” for her children.  

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Athlete Literacy At UNC-Chapel Hill

The Old Well at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Credit unc.edu

WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii talks about about corruption in college sports

The athletic program at Carolina came under scrutiny when academic advisor and tutor Mary Willingham made her research on athlete literacy public.

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Education
7:28 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Whistleblower Calls For Reform In Educating Athletes At UNC

UNC Athletics Logo
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

Mary Willingham is a polarizing name in Chapel Hill these days. The academic advisor at UNC says a majority of football and men’s basketball players are woefully underprepared for the college classroom. University administrators dispute those claims. As the credibility of Willingham’s findings has been called into question, she’s asking how universities can better educate these young men.

The worlds of academics and big-time athletics often operate independently with little overlap. In recent weeks at UNC the two have converged, or maybe more accurately, collided.  

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Education
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Some Schools Still Closed From Winter Storm, Officials Plan Make Up Days

Several state school districts canceled classes because of snow and ice accumulation.
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With many schools across eastern and central North Carolina still closed this morning, school officials say they are working to ensure students make up the appropriate number of days.

Each school year, most districts build in additional days in case of closings due to inclement weather.

Jeff Nash, a spokesman for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system, says his district designated eight days that could be used to make up time.

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Education
6:22 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

NC Teacher Of The Year Attends State Of Union, Has Unexpected Highlight

NC Teacher of the Year Karyn Dickerson, being interviewed at the State of the Union, with Senator Kay Hagan (right).
Credit via Twitter

Karyn Dickerson had a night most teachers dream of. She'd been invited to the State of the Union address in Washington.

Dickerson had a dinner with the senators, had a great view of President Obama. He even led off the night talking about teachers:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America's graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades....

But the highlight of the night?

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Education
7:54 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Report: 65 Percent Of NC Kids Enter Fourth Grade Below Reading Grade Level

A new report shows that 65% of North Carolina students entering the fourth grade are not proficient readers
Credit Reema Khrais

Sixty-five percent of students in North Carolina are not reading at grade level by the time they reach fourth grade, according to the latest KIDS COUNT data snapshot.

The data report shows large disparities between lower and higher-income households. Lower-income students tend to struggle more, as 78 percent are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, compared to the 48 percent of students from higher-income families. 

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Education
10:57 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Wake County Schools Accused Of ‘Racist,’ ‘Unfair’ Policing Practices in Complaint

The state's NAACP along with other civil rights groups held a press conference Thursday afternoon outside East Wake High School.
Credit Reema Khrais

A group of parents, students and civil rights organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the Wake County School system and local police departments, alleging that the school system’s policing practices “violate the constitutional rights of students.”

The complaint claims that the police officers who work in Wake County schools unlawfully punish students and criminalize exceedingly minor misbehaviors such as “throwing water balloons, stealing paper from a recycling bin and play-fighting with a friend.” 

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