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Education
5:31 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

'The Color Purple' Remains on Brunswick County Reading Lists

"The Color Purple" first edition cover, 1982.
Credit Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

The School Board in Brunswick County has voted to uphold an earlier decision and keep the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Color Purple” on advanced placement reading lists.

The Brunswick County School board voted 3 to 2 in favor of upholding Superintendent Edward Pruden’s decision to keep Alice Walker's “The Color Purple” on school reading lists.  But Pruden says the debate is still not completely resolved.

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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

Brian McDonald taught at Jordan High School for 13 years before he became interested in the history of the school. And when he looked, he found a school that grew up along with the Civil Rights Movement. His new book; “Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School” (NCCU/2011), explores the history of the high school. Host Frank Stasio talks to Brian McDonald, a teacher at Jordan High School about his new book.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

How Rebuilding The Raleigh Beltline Could Change Start Times At Wake County Schools

The rebuilding of the Raleigh Beltline will hit some Wake County schools hard as more than 200 buses have routes that will be affected by the construction.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The reconstruction of the Raleigh Beltline is likely to have a huge impact on the Wake County School system.  About 20 percent of schools may be forced to change their start times and bus routes next year.

Though construction is not expected to reach its peak until late 2014, Wake County school administrators and board members are already considering what changes they may need to make.

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Education
4:45 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Training Teachers: The Growing Political Influence Of Teach For America In NC

Leadership for Educational Equity is a little-known 501c4 partner group of Teach For America.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Rob Bryan might not have needed the help. As the chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, he was well-positioned to run against, and defeat, a Democratic incumbent for a seat in the State Legislature in 2012.

But what turned out to be one of the more astute political decisions in his life happened more than 20 years ago, when he was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and his roommate brought in a brochure for an organization he’d never heard of before.

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Education
7:36 am
Wed December 18, 2013

NC Teachers File Lawsuit Challenging Tenure Repeal

NCAE, along with six plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the repeal of career status, which has been around since 1971.
Credit SalFalko via Flickr

The N.C. Association of Educators filed a second major education lawsuit in a week, this time challenging the end of tenureotherwise known as career statusfor North Carolina public school teachers.

The lawsuit, also filed by six classroom teachers, argues that the repeal of career status violates federal and state constitutions by taking away basic due process rights.

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North Carolina Teacher Project
4:33 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Training Teachers: Teach For America Draws Praise, Criticism

Ethan Tillman, a first-year teacher and Teach For America corps member, puts his own college graduation gown on one of his students in Kinston.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Teaching may be in Ethan Tillman’s blood – his mother is a teacher in Charlotte - but in college at the University of South Carolina, he dreamed of being a television reporter.

But a few months after graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism, Tillman wasn’t beginning his career at a small TV station somewhere, he was in Mississippi, at an intensive six-week training session for new Teach For America recruits.

Not long after that, he was on the second floor of Rochelle Middle School in Kinston, teaching Language Arts to sixth graders.

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Education
12:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Happy Holidays Teacher, Here's A Toe Ring

What visions of sugar plums dance in teachers' heads?
Credit Miracle on 34th Street movie

Update 12/17/13, 10:00 a.m.:

In recent days we've asked teachers to tell us about unusual gifts they've received from students. The stories keep coming in.

Sue Edelberg is an ESL teacher at Clayton Middle School. She writes:

I'm a first year teacher so I've yet to receive a strange gift, but last week I received a very unique and creative gift: it was a little box made out of notebook paper, from a 6th grader who loves origami and magic tricks.  It had an X on it, so he said it was supposed to be  an X Box.

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Education
4:19 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Training Teachers: Mid-Career Teachers Bring Experience To Classroom

Lateral and alternative entry teachers make up about one-third of all teachers in North Carolina.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Marci Harvey never dreamed of being a teacher. She was a scientist - a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina - when she got married and moved to the Triad and found herself looking for a job.

“It was kind of a fluke,” she says. “I saw an ad in the paper, it said ‘chemistry teacher needed, must have a license or be able to get one.’ And I thought, since I’ve got a degree in chemistry, I should be able to get a license.”

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College Debt
4:28 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

N.C. Students Have Enough College Debt To Buy 20 Llamas

$24,000 in debt could buy you: 15 - 20 Llamas from Four Ladies and Me Llama Farm in East Bend
cogdogblog Flickr

North Carolina's students are graduating with more debt than ever before.

The average student graduating from a public, or private-non-profit school will graduate with $23,893 dollars in debt. In 2008, the average student had just $18,000 in debt.

We wondered...just what could you buy with $24,000?

How about a Toyota Camry L with keyless entry?

Or perhaps you prefer more than 1,700 bottles of wine from GlenMarie Vineyards in Burlington, NC.

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Education
4:07 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Training Teachers: Schools Of Ed Produce Effective Teachers, Face Declining Enrollment

Students in ED100 class at NC State.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Exams are looming for the freshmen students in ED 100, the introductory class in NC State’s School of Education. But instead of looking stressed or worried, the first-year education majors have a spring in their step as they settle into the lecture hall on this late afternoon.

Maybe it’s because most know exactly why they are here: to become a teacher.

That resolve has been tested, of late.  

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