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Education
9:05 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Arapahoe, Other Charters, One Step Closer To Expansion

Arapahoe Charter School
Credit Dave DeWitt

Arapahoe Charter School - and others across the state - will soon be able to grow by one grade per year without seeking approval from the State Board of Education.

Language was changed in HB 250 earlier this month that included the one-grade expansion provision without much warning. It cleared both the Senate and the House yesterday.

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Education
4:13 am
Wed July 17, 2013

NCSU Looking To Sell Hofmann Forest

A class takes measurements in Hofmann Forest about 1937.
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

NC State is moving ahead with plans to sell Hofmann Forest.

If you’re in the market for a large piece of land near the coast – say a quarter of the size of Wake County - then you really have only one option. 80,000 acres… Pristine coastal pine forest… Abundant wildlife. And what a location! Adjacent to the Croatan National Forest, just a stone’s throw from the beach!

There’s only one problem.

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Education
7:19 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Guilford County's First Summer Literacy Camp

Each morning the summer literacy program begins with a Harambee, a Swahiliword meaning “let’s pull together”.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Guilford County Schools is holding a literacy camp for the first time this summer. It is aimed at improving reading for children living in unstable homes.

Getting kids to read in the summer has long been a challenge for many grown-ups.  With outdoor activities, camps and family trips, too often books remain closed until the fall. For kids who are living in homelessness and in unstable home environments, the challenges can be even greater. A new summer literacy program in the Guilford County Schools is trying to change that. The goal is for students to maintain or even improve their reading level, build confidence and complete six books.

After breakfast in the cafeteria at Greensboro College about 50 fueled faces file into an exercise studio for an unconventional morning routine. Each weekday for the next month the literacy program begins with Harambee a Swahili word meaning “let’s pull together.”

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Education
3:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

NC Lawmakers Take Center Stage In Student Loan Debate

N.C. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx chairs the House Higher Education Subcommittee.
Credit Office of Representative Virginia Foxx

The issue of rising interest rates on government subsidized student loans wasn’t a topic on most people’s minds until about a year ago. That’s when President Barack Obama stepped onto the stage at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Auditorium and “slow-jammed the news” with late show host Jimmy Fallon.

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Education
4:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

State Board Hears McCrory's Five Pathways Plan

Pat McCrory at a middle school earlier this year.
Credit NC Governors Office

Governor Pat McCrory is pushing a Five Pathways plan to improve education. The plan is broad and affects all levels of public education in North Carolina, from early childhood education to Universities.

Eric Guckian, the Governor’s Education Advisor, presented the plan to the State Board of Education today. He highlighted one of the five pathways:  growing “innovative learning options” for families.

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Education
2:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Community Colleges Hope To Offer Degree In Craft Beer Brewing

Blue Ridge Community College hopes to offer a degree in craft beer brewing starting this fall.
Credit Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr, Creative Commons

Many college students become immersed in beer culture when they go to college, but it’s usually not in the classroom. That might be about to change at three North Carolina colleges hoping to offer degrees in craft beer brewing next year.

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Education
12:38 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Bill Changes Charter School Expansion

Under a bill approved by the NC Senate, Arapahoe Charter School and others would be allowed to expand.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Charter schools in North Carolina may soon be able to expand without getting approval from the State Board of Education. 

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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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