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Education
2:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Durham Magnet School Launches State's First Nationally-Registered Cycling Team

Students at Durham's School for Creative Studies try out for the new cycling team.
Credit School for Creative Studies

If you’re a student in a North Carolina public school with aspirations of becoming a pro cyclist, you might not have much of an opportunity to develop your bike skills on a school sports team. That is, unless you attend the School for Creative Studies (SCS), a new public magnet school in Durham. The school began tryouts this week for a new competitive cycling club registered with USA Cycling, the cycling body responsible for training and sending American athletes to the Olympics and the Tour de France.  It’s the first school in North Carolina to start a USA Cycling-registered team.

“Competitive cycling is exploding in the U.S.,” says SCS Assistant Principal and cycling coach Andrea Hundredmark. “Being involved with an officially-sponsored team will allow School for Creative Studies students to advance in national rankings, and perhaps even compete internationally.”

The school, which opened in July, currently has 260 students enrolled in the sixth, seventh and ninth grades. They plan to add grades each year and eventually be open to sixth through 12th graders.  Because they are a magnet school, they don’t have a competitive athletics program.

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Education
2:25 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

App State Students Suffer Under Voting Changes

Students at Appalachian State University will no longer be able to vote on campus.
Credit Appalachian State University

On the same day Governor Pat McCrory signed sweeping election changes into law, the Watauga County Board of Elections made several decisions that raised the ire of democrats in western North Carolina.

The three-member Board, with a 2-to-1 Republican majority, voted to close the early voting site on the Appalachian State campus. The Board also consolidated the three voting sites in Boone into one polling place. That means more than 9,000 voters will vote at one site. The next most populous polling place in the county has fewer than 5,000 voters.

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Education
4:34 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Teachers, Universities Will Hurt From Loss Of "Master's Bump"

Teachers will no longer be able to raise their salaries by earning a master's degree.
Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

The automatic salary bump that comes when teachers earn a master's degree is going away.

Michael Martin is a teacher. His wife is a teacher’s assistant. They love their jobs and work in adjacent rooms in their school in Buncombe County, teaching special needs students and raising three kids of their own. But their life’s work comes with a real-world sacrifice, here in the state that ranks 48th in the country in teacher salaries.

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Education
4:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Online Charter Case Back In Court

The case pits K12 Inc. against the North Carolina Board of Education.
Credit Malate269 / Wikimedia Commons

The North Carolina Court of Appeals will hear arguments today in a case that pits a for-profit education company against the State Board of Education. At issue is how the board considered an online charter school application.

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Education
6:30 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Students Getting Tablets In Guilford County

Math teacher Melissa Tatum is one of 900 educators who has been trained on the tablet computers. She plans to use Brain Pop in her classroom this fall.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Middle school students in Guilford County are getting familiar with tablet computers this week.

Students at three Guilford County middle schools spent the day learning on tablet computers.  A district wide technology initiative that will provide tablets to 17,000 students is underway. The district won a federal “race to the top grant” of more than $30 million. Students are taking a day off from summer break to go into school and get comfortable with the devices.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Guilford Middle School Students Getting Tablet Computers This Week

Math teacher Melissa Tatum is one of 900 educators who has been trained on the tablet computers. She plans to use Brain Pop in her classroom this fall.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Middle school students in Guilford County are getting tablet computers this week, thanks to a federal grant.

    

One of the largest classroom technology initiatives in U.S. history is underway in Guilford County. This week middle school students can begin picking up their tablet computers and get comfortable with the devices prior to the start of classes.

Teachers have been learning the ins and outs of these Android-based tablets all summer.

"There is also an encyclopedia on here, all kinds of different things that come preloaded," said Eric Loveday, 8th grade science teacher at Southwest Middle School.

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Education
4:24 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

UNC Governors' Board Says 'No' To Gender-Neutral Housing

Credit madrigals via Flickr, Creative Commons

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on the UNC Board of Governors' vote to ban gender-neutral housing on all system campuses.

UNC Board of Governors members voted unanimously to cancel a policy allowing men and women to live together on the Chapel Hill campus.  The vote nullified the UNC Chapel Hill trustee board's endorsement of gender neutral housing.

Some male and female students were going to live together in 32 living spaces set aside in two dorms starting this month.  But the board of governors said that arrangement would be inappropriate.  Chairman Peter Hans says their consideration of the policy included the unfavorable opinions of some state lawmakers.

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Education
2:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Duke Study Finds Improving 'Guesstimating' Can Sharpen Math Skills

A new Duke University study could have implications in math education for young children.
Credit Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class D. Keith Simmons

You may not have heard of it, but it's a skill you probably use everyday, like when choosing the shortest line at the grocery store or the toll booth with the fewest number of cars. Approximate number math, or 'guesstimating,' is the ability to instinctively estimate quantities without counting. Researchers at Duke University set out to discover whether practicing this ability would improve symbolic math skills, like addition and subtraction.

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Education
2:14 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

High School Grad Rate Hits All-Time High

For the second year in a row, the state high school graduation rate hit an all-time high.
Credit Malate269 / Wikimedia Commons

It’s hard to find bad news in this year’s graduation report from the Department of Public Instruction. More than 83 percent of high school students who began as freshmen four years ago graduated in four years or less. That’s up two points from last year - the previous all-time high.

Since 2006, the four-year graduation rate has gone up 15 points.

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Education
5:28 am
Thu August 8, 2013

State of the Re:Union - Dropouts To Graduates & Summer In Sanctuary

The Care Center part of 'Dropouts to Graduates' on State of the Re:Union
Credit Emily Fitzgerald

Over the next few days WUNC will present a series of American Graduate Specials from State of The Re:Union. These programs air on Thursday at 12N & 9p with a a second program on Friday at 12N & Saturday morning at 6.

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