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Education
4:15 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Charter Board Debate Intensifies

The State Senate will debate the Charter Board bill on Tuesday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The State Senate is scheduled to debate a bill tomorrow that creates a separate board to oversee the growing number of charter schools in North Carolina.

Senate Bill 337 has gone through several revisions since it was introduced by Republican lawmakers two months ago. One of the provisions in an earlier bill, for example, removed the requirement that charter school teachers be college graduates. That requirement has since been re-instated.

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Education
12:04 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Duke Puts Brakes On Online Courses

Duke is ending its contract with Semester Online.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Duke University has dropped out of a consortium of schools that will offer for-credit online courses. Duke faculty made the decision last week in a close vote.

In ending Duke’s participation in the Semester Online program, faculty on the Arts and Sciences Council said the decision to offer for-credit online courses had not been fully vetted by them. Some faculty members also expressed concern over the partner universities not being as highly-ranked as Duke.

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Education
2:49 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Duke Acquires Extremist Literature Collection From Southern Poverty Law Center

The extremist literature collection is being prepared for scholarly use by the Rubenstein Library staff.
Credit Duke University

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project has donated its collection of extremist literature – pamphlets and flyers issued by the KKK, neo-nazis, racist skinheads, border vigilantes, and neo-Confederates – to Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The nearly 90-box collection will be housed there to allow scholarly research on the histories of extremist groups in the U.S.

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Education
4:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Guilford County Students To Get Tablets

Students in a Guilford County school classroom on computers.
Credit Guilford County Schools

This fall about 13,000 middle school students in the Guilford County Schools district will receive tablets. It’s part of a $30 million Race to the Top grant that Guilford won last year. Administrators and teachers will receive training from a company called Amplify in the coming months. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Student Reporters Put Together Stories Of Humor And Tragedy

Staffers from Carolina Connection, a student-run radio program, present the work on the State of Things. From left: Instructor Adam Hochberg, Wesley Graham, Mike Rodriguez, Kirsten Chang, James Kaminsky, and Mark Haywood.
Credit Shawn Wen

Host Frank Stasio speaks to Professor Adam Hochberg and some of his students about a semester of making radio

A group of student journalists is getting a course in professional radio reporting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The class has opened a world of experience to them. One of the students, Mark Haywood, had the opportunity to report on an incident of human trafficking right in his hometown of Randolph County, North Carolina. 

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Education
4:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Bill Would Limit School Board Options

Credit Dave DeWitt

A change may be coming to how local school boards and boards of county commissioners negotiate over school funding. 

Local county commissioners control the purse strings in all 115 of the state’s school districts. Often, the school boards and county commissioners disagree over the amount of money allocated to schools.

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Sports
2:59 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Thorp: Presidents Should Not Supervise Athletics

Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

Full audio of Holden Thorp's address to the panel on athletics and academics at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Leaders in higher education and athletics gathered today on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. They were there for a panel discussion on the role athletics should play on a college campus.

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp was one of several people who addressed the panel. He offered the controversial idea that presidents and chancellors are ill-prepared to oversee athletics and should not have direct supervision.

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Education
4:33 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Winning Ethics: National Competition Comes To Chapel Hill

Kate Vancil, Joyce Wang, Sandhya Mahadevan, Salman Iftikhar, and Nathan Cho make up the East Chapel Hill High School Ethics Bowl team.
Credit Parr Center for Ethics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dave DeWitt profiles North Carolina’s entry in the first-ever National High School Ethics Bowl.

Sandhya Mahadevan doesn’t come off as someone who is likely to back down from anyone. She’s whip-smart, looks you dead in the eye when she’s talking to you, and can’t wait to engage on the events of the day.

But after a few years on her high school debate team, even she was looking for something a little less combative. That’s when she heard about the Ethics Bowl. 

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Education
3:55 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

UNC Greensboro Mass Casualty Drill Takes On New Weight After Boston Attacks

Credit UNC Greensboro Office of Emergency Management

UNC Greensboro students and staff will be among the participants in a mass casualty drill on campus tomorrow morning.  Organizers are using a tornado aftermath scenario to see how first responders react in a crisis situation with injuries. The drill comes just two days after a real-life scenario unfolded in Boston, where two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 100.

Susan Hannah,  an instructor at UNC Greensboro's School of Nursing, says the drill was planned before the real-life emergency played out in Boston.

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Education
1:17 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Fewer People Are Applying To Law School

UNC School of Law
Credit Steve Exum, UNC School of Law

Many law schools across the country have experienced a drop in applications over the past two years.  Officials say rising tuition and a shaky job market are contributing to the decline. 

“Applications this year, reflecting kind of a national trend are down to about 1,510 from 2,300 last year, that's about a 35 percent drop,” says Jack Boger, dean of the UNC School of Law. “A lot of law schools experienced that kind of drop a year ago; we didn't at that point, but the national trend has caught up with us.”

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