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10:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

What's On The State Of Things Today? (Friday)

Ethan Tillman is a first-year teacher in Kinston, NC. Here, he helps a student put on his own college graduation robe as part of a “vision statement” class assignment.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Why do teachers stay and why do they go? Dave DeWitt has been reporting on this subject around the state in recent weeks. He's been meeting teachers and students and today he'll preview his series with Frank.

Plus the latest in the court battle over the state’s controversial new voting laws.

And, "rockin' country" with Raleigh's Erin Nenni Band.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

NC Groups Sue State Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Private School Vouchers

While opponents of the voucher law argue that it will tear taxpayer money away from public schools, proponents say that it will give low-income students school choice.
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With the support of two advocacy groups, 25 plaintiffs across the state filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a private school voucher law passed earlier this year.

The N.C. Association of Educators and N.C. Justice Center are sponsoring the lawsuit, arguing that the vouchers are a broad assault on the state’s public schools as it funnels taxpayer money to private schools.

Scheduled to start next fall, the vouchers – also known as the Opportunity Scholarship Program - will provide $4,200 in taxpayer dollars for low-income families to send their children to private schools.

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Education
7:26 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Eight N.C. Schools Up for Charter Renewals

N.C. schools with charter terms coming to an end go through a renewal process that involves a review of their governance, fiscal history and academics.
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Eight North Carolina charter schools are up for consideration for 2014 renewals.

Representatives of the schools will present in front of the newly formed Charter School Advisory Board today and Tuesday to address concerns that the board might have regarding the schools' fulfillment of academic and fiscal standards.

In North Carolina, public charter schools must seek renewals every ten years, though some receive shorter terms because of compliance problems.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

One In Seven NC Teachers Left Job Last Year, Report Says

A new report shows that the teacher turnover rate has been steadily climbing since 2010.
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An annual report shows that more North Carolina teachers left their jobs in 2012-13 than in previous school years.

Out of the 95,028 teachers employed, 13,616 teachers left their districts, resulting in an overall state turnover rate of about 14 percent, or about one out of every seven teachers.  

That number is a slight increase from the previous year’s turnover rate of 12 percent and 11 percent in 2010-11.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Moving Ahead With Teacher Contracts

Lawmakers voted this summer to eventually eliminate teacher tenure, replacing it with temporary contracts. The State Board of Education will discuss a model contract this week.
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 The State Board of Education is expected to approve a model employment contract for teachers this week, as teacher tenures will end within the next few years. 

The model is expected to give local school boards some guidance when drafting their own pacts with teachers.

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Education
3:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Tablet Manufacturer Says No Problems With Devices

More than 2,000 tablets broke and about a dozen chargers partially melted earlier this school year.
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The manufacturer of tablet computers previously used in Guilford County classrooms is not taking blame for chargers that melted.

Guilford County school officials and the manufacturer of tablet computers once used in district classrooms disagree on why thousands of devices broke. Asus, the company that built the more than 15,000 tablet computers used for a time in Guilford County classrooms, is not taking blame for melted chargers. In a statement Asus says is has run tests on its products and found no problems.  The tablet program was paused in October after thousands of devices broke and nearly a dozen chargers partially melted. School officials believe the devices were defective. Meanwhile students are without tablets and the school system is working with Amplify, a for-profit education company to find another manufacturer and try to re-start the program.

“This doesn’t really change out view of what happened and our view of what’s needed to move forward, which is still to make sure that we get the products and services at the expected quality,” said Nora Carr, Chief of Staff for Guilford County Schools.

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Education
6:15 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Bilingual Children Make Critical Gains In Early Education Programs

Researchers find that bilingual children under the age of five make significant gains in language skills while enrolled in early education programs.
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A review by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers confirms that children who speak two languages make greater gains in early education programs than their peers who speak only English.

Scientists at UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute reviewed 25 studies and found that children with low English-language abilities greatly benefit from early childhood programs like Head Start and state-funded Pre-K.

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Education
12:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

American Indian Students In Higher Education

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Since 2010, the number of American Indian students in the UNC system has been declining.

Today, there are 87 American Indian students in a student population of 19,000 undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Education
9:01 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Audit Finds Shortcomings In NC Virtual Public School

A state audit released this week found that the NC Virtual Public School overreported the number of enrolled students, among other issues.
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A state audit released this week found that the North Carolina Virtual Public School misreported student enrollment and poorly documented teacher evaluations.

According to the audit, the virtual school, which offers more than 100 online classes for students across the state, over-reported enrollment in its annual report to the State Board of Education. 

Despite its omission of 22 charter schools that had students enrolled in the program, the virtual school reported 50,042 enrolled students instead of the actual enrollment of 49,189. 

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Education
6:09 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

'Black And Blue Tour' Focuses On African American History At UNC

Unsung Founders Memorial, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Tim McMillan is a senior lecturer at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill's Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies.  He is also the creator of The Black and Blue Tour.  In 2001 Tim was teaching a seminar called “Defining Blackness” when he realized how much of UNC’s  own racial history went overlooked.  He started the Black and Blue tour of the UNC campus to help people gain a more nuanced perspective. He knows these conversations can make people uncomfortable.

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