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Education
4:39 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

William Peace Makes $21 Million Offer For Seaboard Station

A building at Seaboard Station in Raleigh.
Credit Jmturner, public domain

William Peace University in Raleigh is using nearly two thirds of its endowment to buy out an adjacent shopping center.  The school submitted the offer worth nearly $21 million last week for the Seaboard Station retail center.  The owner of the downtown shopping center filed for bankruptcy more than a year ago. 

Peace president Debra Townsley says the move will make the university more attractive to those considering enrollment.

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Education
5:04 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Duke Trustee Donates $5.5 Million For Energy Initiative

Duke University
Credit Duke University

Duke University trustee Ralph Eads and his wife are giving $5.5 million dollars to the school, most of it going to support Duke's Energy Initiative. Part of it will go toward the creation of the new Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy Finance.

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Education
11:37 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Wake County Sheriff Encourages Creation Of School Police Force

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools police patch
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Wake County’s sheriff, Donnie Harrison, is urging the School Board to create its own police force.  Harrison made the comments as part of a report to the Wake School Board on school security.

He says school security issues are more important now, six months after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Education
4:15 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Wright School Faces Budget Axe

The Wright School's future hangs in the balance.
Credit Wright School

Lawmakers will make many decisions when they decide on a final state budget in the coming days. One of them will be whether or not to keep open the Wright School, a residential facility in Durham that treats children from across the state who have serious emotional and behavioral disorders.

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Education
3:31 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Senate Budget Threatens Teacher Tenure

A Guilford County teacher.
Credit Guilford County Schools

Lawmakers in Raleigh may end tenure for public school teachers. That’s if a provision in the proposed Senate budget remains in the final budget under negotiation.

Tenure for public school teachers isn’t the same as tenure for college professors. For one, it’s much easier to fire public school teachers with tenure or, as it’s described in the education world, to “counsel them out of teaching.”

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Education
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Teachers Brace For Budget Cuts

Teachers are unlikely to see a salary increase when the final state budget is negotiated.
Credit Malate269 / Wikimedia Commons

As leaders in state government haggle over what to include – or not include – in the final budget, teachers across North Carolina are concerned about their jobs and their salaries. 

Teacher salaries in North Carolina have not moved much in recent years. Most of that has been due to the recession. But as other states begin to increase teacher salaries as the economy improves, North Carolina has cut teacher salaries by more than 15 percent.

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Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Pre-K Hangs In Balance As Budget Negotiations Start

State Lawmakers are considering cuts to the state's Pre-K programs.
Credit Wake Smart Start

Republican leaders in the legislature are getting ready to hash out their own versions of the state budget. And the House, Senate and Governor’s version are quite different when it comes to pre-K.

North Carolina has long been praised for its commitment to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. But all three of the current budgets make cuts to those programs, to varying degrees.

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Education
3:02 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Report: NC Teacher Ed Programs Failing

Four of North Carolina's teacher education programs received less than one star in the report.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Four North Carolina teacher training programs are among the worst in the country, according to a report from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Teacher education programs have come under fire from many different sides, but the latest report from the National Council on Teacher Quality paints an especially bleak picture. 

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Education
4:03 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Wake Picks Merrill As New Superintendent

James Merrill
Credit Wake County Public Schools

As homecomings go, this one was slightly delayed for James Merrill. He spent 16 years in a variety of administrative posts in the Wake County Schools in the 1980s and ‘90s, rising as high as associate superintendent. Once he became the top candidate earlier this month after a series of interviews and public events, it took another few weeks to iron out the contract details.

He says it was worth the wait.

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Education
3:29 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Wake School Board Split On Superintendent

The Wake School Board is split on hiring a new superintendent.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Tonight, the Wake County School Board will continue its discussions on hiring a superintendent.

It’s been more than two weeks since the three finalists for Wake Superintendent visited the district for a hectic few days of interviews and public appearances. Wake School Board Chair Keith Sutton initially indicated a new superintendent would be hired within a few days, but delays have pushed it back to tonight, at the earliest.

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