Education

The State of Things
11:45 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The State Of Teaching In North Carolina

Wake County school bus
Credit Dave DeWitt

Sweeping reforms in education laws this year angered many teachers.

Hundreds protested the lack of a pay increase, the elimination of tenure and the end of the master’s degree supplement. For the more than 95,000 teachers across the state, the day-to-day challenges in the classroom continue.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Dave DeWitt, WUNC’s Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education reporter, about his latest series on the profession.

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Education
3:35 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

North Carolina Teacher Project - An Overview

Credit Keith Weston / WUNC

 

The pressure on North Carolina’s 95,000 classroom teachers is mounting. Inside the classroom, teachers wrestle with an increase in child poverty, implementing the new Common Core curriculum, and diminishing resources. Outside the classroom, teacher salaries are stagnant, tenure is gone, and teacher assistants have been laid off.

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Education
6:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Student Scores Drop As North Carolina Adopts Tough Benchmarks

The Department of Public Instruction revealed a dramatic drop in student performance on standardized tests Thursday.
Credit sandersonhs.org

The number of North Carolina students passing state reading and math exams dramatically dropped this year, reflecting a change in performance under higher test standards and a new curriculum, according to education officials. 

 Across the state, 44.7 percent of students passed exams, down from 77.9 percent the previous year,  the Department of Public Instruction said Thursday. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

June Atkinson On The Fight To Save NC Schools

Teachers demonstrate Monday morning outside Riverside High School in Durham
Credit Dave DeWitt

    

This week, North Carolina teachers protested funding shortages in the education system by staging walk-ins across the state.

Many were upset by budget cuts that affect instruction for the state’s more than 1.5 million students. Host Frank Stasio talks to North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson about the plight facing the state’s K-12 education system.

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Education
9:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

McCrory Creates Teacher Advisory Committee

Gov. Pat McCrory created the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee.
Credit www.governor.state.nc.us

Governor Pat McCrory is seeking the advice of two-dozen teachers in developing education policy. The Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee met for the first time - a day after educators across the state protested against changes made in the most recent legislative session.

The teachers selected for the committee come from all corners of the state and all grade levels. In their first meeting yesterday, Governor McCrory asked them to come up with recommendations on a wide array of challenges, including teacher compensation, evaluation, and testing.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

North Carolina Teachers Protest Education Legislation

Credit Dave DeWitt

    

Yesterday, hundreds of North Carolina teachers staged “walk-ins” to protest recent cuts to spending and another year without raises.

But many Republican lawmakers claim the state’s education budget is actually higher than it has ever been. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dave DeWitt, WUNC’s Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education Reporter about the politics behind yesterday’s walk-ins.

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Education
4:50 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Teachers "Walk-In" For More Respect, Resources

A student holds a sign in support of teachers outside a demonstration at Durham's EK Powe Elementary School.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Roger Schultz is a teacher. For 20 years, he’s taught severely handicapped students. Today, he’s standing outside Riverside High School, doing what he normally does – greeting every bleary-eyed, head-phone-wearing student who comes off the bus.

Usually the students nod or ignore him, but today is a little different. In his hands, Schultz is holding a hand-written sign. And what it says – “Stop Pushing Teachers Off The Plank” - catches the students’ attention.

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Education
12:12 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Illiteracy Awareness Campaign Ending With Municipal Elections

A sign promoting illiteracy awareness in the Triangle
Credit Bootstraps PAC

A North Carolina political action committee is wrapping up one of its pushes for childhood literacy that includes indecipherable campaign signs. 

The Bootstraps PAC has been distributing signs that say "Yrnt sqzp apxl!" with a bar code for a smartphone scanner that forwards to a website about illiteracy. 

The group's founder Mary Carey says the campaign is meant to make people aware of the literacy rate in the Triangle.

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Education
6:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Teachers Demonstrating Against New Policies With 'Walk-in'

Teachers demonstrate Monday morning outside Riverside High School in Durham
Credit Dave DeWitt

Teachers are gathering outside of schools across the state Monday in protest.

The “teacher walk-in” is being staged before and after the school day by those who feel disrespected by changes to education policies in the most recent legislative session. 

Those policies include the elimination of tenure, discontinuing salary increases for teachers who earn master’s degrees, and no money in the budget for textbooks.

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Fri November 1, 2013

First Deaf-Blind Student At Harvard Law Pursues Dreams

Credit Harvard Law

At the age of 15, Haben Girma had danced, skied, kayaked and traveled to Mali. And although that’s a lot for any young person to experience, Haben was doing so while deaf and blind.

  

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