6:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

NC State Receives Record Gift For Scholarships

The bell tower on the campus of NC State University
Credit NC State University

The Park Foundation has given $50 million to North Carolina State University to start an endowment for the school's prestigious Park scholarships. The gift is the largest in university history.

Each year, 45 students from all academic disciplines  are awarded full-ride scholarships. They also cover room and board, a computer, and offer lots of experiential learning opportunities.  Chancellor Randy Woodson talks about what the endowment means to the school...

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4:47 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Vote Likely To Be Close On Wake School Bond

Opponents have launched an aggressive effort to defeat the Wake School Bond.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The Marching Trojans from Garner Magnet High School aren’t marching this morning – they are sitting, and practicing, in the band room. Their bags and instrument cases are stacked in every corner of the tiny space, on pockmarked floors and against cracked walls.

After band class, many will make their way across a grass-less, uncovered field to the temporary, modular cafeteria. Or as they call it here, the “Trailer-teria.”

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4:01 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Savings And Safety: Can NC's New School Bus Plan Have Both?

Mechanics must inspect every North Carolina school bus once every 30 days.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Consider the school bus. It’s big and yellow, a loud diesel engine spewing black smoke into the air. Lots of old gum under the seats. Maybe a surly but lovable driver. And plenty of spirited kids climbing on at the end of another long school day.

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4:10 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Wake Stem HS Opens New Building

Officials will cut the ribbon on the new building for the Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School Friday morning.
Credit WCPSS

A unique high school with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math will officially open its new building today. The Wake N.C. State STEM Early College High School is designed to serve students who would be the first in their families to go to college. 

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2:01 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

UNC Working To Serve Veterans

About three percent of students on UNC System campuses receive the GI Bill.
Credit UNC

With major military installations and affordable public higher education, North Carolina is well-suited to take advantage of the high number of veterans looking to attend college. The federal government has spent more than $30 billion on the post 9-11 GI bill since revamping it four years ago – a number that is likely to increase sharply as more military personnel are discharged.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

North Carolina Charter School Expansion

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  Next year, 26 new charter schools will open their doors to students in North Carolina. An additional 170 groups filed initial applications to open charter schools in 2015. The growth comes on the heels of legislature eliminating the 100 charter school cap and voting to form a new advisory board to consider charter school applications. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt about the changes in the charter school movement and the ways the state regulates these independent institutions.

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12:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Winston-Salem And Forsyth County Education Update

Winston-Salem Journal education reporter Arika Herron give us an update

In the wake of a school shooting at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, parents and students are raising concerns about school safety. The school board will discuss the matter at their meeting this evening. Also, new healthy food guidelines are causing some schools to drop out of the federal school lunch program. But Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools are finding success in the new system. 

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4:58 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

New Report Seeks Academic-Athletic Balance At UNC-Chapel Hill

The report lays out recommendations for striking a better balance between academics and sports at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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A panel of academic and athletic leaders have released a report aimed at re-defining the role of sports on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Committee members listed 28 recommendations they hope will help bring a better balance to school and sports on campus. 

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3:06 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Frazier Appeals Firing To NCCU

Henry Frazier III has retained a high-profile attorney to represent him in his case against NC Central.
Credit NC Central University

The football coach recently fired by N.C. Central is making an appeal to get his job back. Henry Frazier, III says he was wrongly terminated.

Frazier says his second arrest in two years came after he tried to inform his ex-wife that he would be paying a parking ticket on their car. Frazier was suspended last year after being arrested for spousal abuse and was subjected to an order of protection.

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4:14 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Wake County Beefs Up Bus Routes

Wake Schools pumped $2 million into its transportation system.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Most traditional-calendar public schools open their doors to students starting this morning. In Wake County, all will be on its extensive transportation system.

Last year was, by most anyone’s standards, a disaster for the bus system in Wake County. Hundreds of students were late for school, stranded at the wrong bus stop, or simply not picked up. It came about because buses were removed from routes to save money when implementing a choice-based student assignment plan.

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