Education

Education
4:57 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Two Teacher Training Programs, One Spot In The Budget

Teaching Fellows from Henderson County, NC.
Credit Henderson County Schools

Back in the 1980s, North Carolina had a serious teacher problem. There were shortages in much of the state, but the bigger problem wasn’t how many teachers, but who they were.

“We had a real need to raise the scholastic profile of candidates for teaching and also to increase the numbers of males and minorities in teaching,” remembers Jo Ann Norris, President and Executive Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.

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Education
3:56 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Veterans Affairs Chief Visits UNC

Eric Shinseki
Credit Dept. of Veteran's Affairs

The UNC System hosted the federal government’s top Veterans Affairs official yesterday. V.A. Secretary Eric Shinseki met with UNC leaders to discuss expanding higher education opportunities for military veterans. 

Several UNC system schools have long and proud histories of educating military veterans. And as General Shinseki pointed out, veterans have a lot to offer the universities and the state of North Carolina as students and employees.

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Education
11:01 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Report: NC High School Grad Rates Dip

High school graduates in Orange County.
Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

North Carolina’s high-school graduation rate is headed in the wrong direction. In the past two years, the state’s rate has dropped by about one percent. 

Two years ago, North Carolina beat the national graduation rate average for the first time. Two years later, the state is back below the national average, as rates have gone up across the country and North Carolina’s have dipped.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Poetic Justice: Graduating High School At 16

Justavis Monique Brooks tells her story about graduating from high school.

This school year, WUNC partnered with the group Sacrificial Poets to host a series after-school programs called Poetic Justice.  They're designed to help under-served youth turn their life-stories into poetry and performance art.

This semester they were at Northern High School in Durham.  That's where poet Kane Smego, a writer and youth leader with Sacrificial Poets, met Justavis Monique Brooks.  The 16-year-old senior graduates from high school today.

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Education
4:13 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

President Obama Touts Technology In Mooresville

Obama speaking in Mooresville, NC.
Credit The White House

President Barack Obama used a visit to a North Carolina middle school as an opportunity to promote a new White House effort to expand broadband internet access in schools.

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Education
1:45 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Forest Leads Fight Against Common Core

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest
Credit Office of the Lieutenant Governor

North Carolina may join several other states in challenging the implementation of the Common Core standards.

The Common Core is a set of national standards for student learning. Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core standards for math and language arts; North Carolina did so two years ago. They were implemented this past year.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Taking Flight For Aviation Jobs Of Tomorrow

Hannah Wade takes control of the FAA-approved flight simulator at the Aviation Academy in High Point.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Across the state thousands of high school students will graduate this weekend. About three dozen are from the Aviation Academy at T.W. Andrews High School in Guilford County. It’s one of only a few such programs in the state preparing young men and women for careers in aeronautics and engineering. And after two classes of students, the program’s graduate rate is perfect. 

  

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Education
7:22 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Tablet Training Underway In Guilford County

Jake Henry is overseeing the table program in Guilford County.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Thirteen thousand students in Guilford County will receive tablets computers when they begin school this fall. Last year the county was awarded a federal “Race to the Top” grant for 30 million dollars. Now one of the largest classroom technology initiatives in US history is underway. 

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Education
9:53 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Wake Superintendents Face The Public

Wake is the largest school district in North Carolina and the 16th largest school district in the country.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The three finalists for Wake County Schools’ Superintendent answered questions from members of the community at a forum last night.

As expected for three people vying for the top job in the Wake Schools, Dana Bedden from Irving Texas, Ann Clark from Charlotte, and Jim Merrell from Virginia Beach, had some very nice things to say about the system they hope to lead.

“Coming to Wake County presents an opportunity to come to the state’s largest school district,” said Bedden, “but also one of the best school districts in the country.”

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Education
4:34 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Jordan Lake Rules Threatened

Jordan Lake
Credit Dave DeWitt

Thousands of visitors are expected to visit Jordan Lake on this Memorial Day. It’s a popular spot for boaters, kayakers, and campers. It’s also at the center of an ongoing fight over clean water.

In 1997, the State Legislature began the long, arduous process of addressing pollution in Jordan Lake. Algae blooms caused by upstream runoff threatened recreational activity on the Lake, and the drinking water that serves much of western Wake County.

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