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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

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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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Education
4:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Voters Will Soon Decide Fate Of Wake School Bond

A school bond would add $145 to the tax bill for the average Wake County homeowner.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The last time Wake County voters had a chance to decide on a nearly $1 billion school bond, they passed it. That was seven years ago. But in 1999, a school bond failed, due to concern over higher taxes.

That mixed history has school leaders on edge. They say a new bond is essential to serving the district’s 150,000 students. Another 20,000 are expected within the next five years. They hope to build 16 new schools and make major renovations to other building to deal with that growth.

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Education
11:28 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Guilford School Board Going Partisan in 2016

Guilford County School Board candidates will have to declare party affiliation beginning in 2016
Credit Dave DeWitt

 

School Board candidates in Guilford County will have to declare their party affiliation starting with the 2016 election. The move to do away with non-partisan elections comes from a law passed by the General Assembly last month. The measure also decreases the number of school board seats in Guilford from 11 to 9 and re-draws district lines so they’re the same as County Commissioners. 

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Education
3:59 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

McCrory Defends Budget, Announces New Program

Governor McCrory says the budget for education is the largest in state history.
Credit Gurnal Scott

Governor Pat McCrory has a teaching degree. His grandmother was a teacher and his sister taught for 20 years in Wake County. He says frequently that he respects the profession and that teachers are the most important part of the state’s public education system.

The Governor continued that line of praise in his speech at the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Education summit.

“I have a great admiration for teachers and they have a greater challenge than any of us have in this room at this point in time,” he said.

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Education
9:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

LGBTA Center Opens On NC Central Campus

North Carolina Central University
Credit NC Central

A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Center recently opened on the North Carolina Central University campus. School officials say the goal of the facility is to establish a safer and more inclusive environment for all students. Tia Marie Doxey, Director of Student Life Assessment at the university,  says there have been some emotional moments there so far.

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Education
4:06 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Civil Rights Case Begins Today In Greenville

A civil-rights case begins today at the Federal Courthouse in Greenville.
Credit Eastern District of NC, US District Court

A federal judge will hear opening arguments today in a case that pits African-American parents against the Pitt County Schools. 

Pitt County, like many school districts in North Carolina, has a long history of segregation in its schools. About a dozen or so districts in the state are still under an active desegregation court-order, first issued in the 1960's, that requires them to be supervised by the federal courts.

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