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Education
1:42 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Tedesco Will Not Seek Re-Election To Wake School Board

John Tedesco will not seek re-election to the Wake County School Board.
Credit Wake County Public Schools

Today was the final day to file to run in the election for Wake County School Board, and at least one prominent incumbent will be leaving the Board.

John Tedesco has been the highest-profile board member since he was elected in 2009. He led the Republican effort to end Wake County’s student assignment plan that diversified schools based on family income.

Tedesco, a Republican, announced earlier this week that he will not seek a second term. Democrats re-took the majority on the Board in 2011 and scrapped the choice plan that replaced the diversity plan.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

An Early Return Home From Egypt

Protests taking place in Tahrir Square in 2011
Credit monasosh / Flickr

DukeEngage students join Frank Stasio to talk about their experience in Egypt.

Students involved in Duke University’s summer program in Cairo, Egypt  came home early.  They left as large protests and a changing political climate shook the country.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Is Higher Education Still Worth It?

Appalachian State University aerial photo of campus and surrounding mountains with snow in Boone, North Carolina taken on March 8, 2013
Credit David Oppenheimer / Performance Impressions Photography Archives

A panel of guests discusses the value of higher education.

Student loan debt has reached a trillion dollars in this country, and Congress has been unable to prevent the interest rates of some federally subsidized student loans from doubling. With the skyrocketing cost of higher education, is it still worth it?

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Education
9:05 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Arapahoe, Other Charters, One Step Closer To Expansion

Arapahoe Charter School
Credit Dave DeWitt

Arapahoe Charter School - and others across the state - will soon be able to grow by one grade per year without seeking approval from the State Board of Education.

Language was changed in HB 250 earlier this month that included the one-grade expansion provision without much warning. It cleared both the Senate and the House yesterday.

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Education
4:13 am
Wed July 17, 2013

NCSU Looking To Sell Hofmann Forest

A class takes measurements in Hofmann Forest about 1937.
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

NC State is moving ahead with plans to sell Hofmann Forest.

If you’re in the market for a large piece of land near the coast – say a quarter of the size of Wake County - then you really have only one option. 80,000 acres… Pristine coastal pine forest… Abundant wildlife. And what a location! Adjacent to the Croatan National Forest, just a stone’s throw from the beach!

There’s only one problem.

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Education
7:19 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Guilford County's First Summer Literacy Camp

Each morning the summer literacy program begins with a Harambee, a Swahiliword meaning “let’s pull together”.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Guilford County Schools is holding a literacy camp for the first time this summer. It is aimed at improving reading for children living in unstable homes.

Getting kids to read in the summer has long been a challenge for many grown-ups.  With outdoor activities, camps and family trips, too often books remain closed until the fall. For kids who are living in homelessness and in unstable home environments, the challenges can be even greater. A new summer literacy program in the Guilford County Schools is trying to change that. The goal is for students to maintain or even improve their reading level, build confidence and complete six books.

After breakfast in the cafeteria at Greensboro College about 50 fueled faces file into an exercise studio for an unconventional morning routine. Each weekday for the next month the literacy program begins with Harambee a Swahili word meaning “let’s pull together.”

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Education
3:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

NC Lawmakers Take Center Stage In Student Loan Debate

N.C. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx chairs the House Higher Education Subcommittee.
Credit Office of Representative Virginia Foxx

The issue of rising interest rates on government subsidized student loans wasn’t a topic on most people’s minds until about a year ago. That’s when President Barack Obama stepped onto the stage at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Auditorium and “slow-jammed the news” with late show host Jimmy Fallon.

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Education
4:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

State Board Hears McCrory's Five Pathways Plan

Pat McCrory at a middle school earlier this year.
Credit NC Governors Office

Governor Pat McCrory is pushing a Five Pathways plan to improve education. The plan is broad and affects all levels of public education in North Carolina, from early childhood education to Universities.

Eric Guckian, the Governor’s Education Advisor, presented the plan to the State Board of Education today. He highlighted one of the five pathways:  growing “innovative learning options” for families.

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Education
2:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Community Colleges Hope To Offer Degree In Craft Beer Brewing

Blue Ridge Community College hopes to offer a degree in craft beer brewing starting this fall.
Credit Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr, Creative Commons

Many college students become immersed in beer culture when they go to college, but it’s usually not in the classroom. That might be about to change at three North Carolina colleges hoping to offer degrees in craft beer brewing next year.

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Education
12:38 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Bill Changes Charter School Expansion

Under a bill approved by the NC Senate, Arapahoe Charter School and others would be allowed to expand.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Charter schools in North Carolina may soon be able to expand without getting approval from the State Board of Education. 

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