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Education
10:43 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Read Two Million Books in a Year? Bring it on!

Superintendent Maurice ''Mo'' Green
Credit gsnc.com

Students in Guilford County Schools have a few weeks left to surpass a goal of collectively reading two million books in a year.

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Education
5:05 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

NC Wins Race To The Top - Again

North Carolina has won $70 million more in the federal government’s Race To The Top grant competition. The second award will go to early childhood education.

North Carolina is one of only 6 repeat winners. The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement this morning. North Carolina’s total grant award from Race to the Top is now around $470 million.

The latest grant will go to funding improvements to early childhood programs for at-risk kids. It will also be used to improve student and teacher assessments.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Dropping Back In

North Carolina’s high school graduation rate is inching up. For the first time last year, the state ranked better than the national average. But still, about 1 in 4 high school students in the state drops out. And in a knowledge-based economy, those without at least a high school diploma are highly likely to struggle the rest of their lives.

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Education
7:10 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Nanotechnology School Opens in Greensboro

Dean Jim Ryan gives a demonstration of the 3-D visualization room
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Yesterday the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro cut the ribbon to its brand new 64 million dollar facility. Students from UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University have been using temporary facilities for the past year. Now, they have state-of-the-art technology as they research everything from diseases to the components of a cell phone.

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Education
12:56 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Durham Delays Magnet Changes

Eric Becoats
Credit DPSNC.net

The Durham Public Schools will delay a major overhaul of its magnet system. The announcement was made earlier today by Superintendent Eric Becoats.

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Education
5:50 am
Wed December 7, 2011

New Wake School Board Takes Over

Dave DeWitt reports that the Wake School Board is now in the hands of a Democratic majority.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Five members of the Wake County School Board were sworn in last night. The board majority is now in the hands of Democrats, after two years of Republican control.

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Education
4:45 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Thorp Meets With Obama

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp attended a White House summit yesterday in Washington. He and 11 other college leaders discussed affordability and college access with President Obama.

Thorp says Mr. Obama is well-versed on the issues universities are facing in a tough economy.

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Education
6:20 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Cultures Converge at Newcomers School

Abu, from Africa, smiles in the ''Giving Closet'' at the Newcomers School in Greensboro
Credit Jeff Tiberii

The Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro is a melting pot. Since August of 2007 the school has welcomed about 3,000 students from around the world who are transitioning to a life in America while learning English. Seventy-five percent of the students are refugees and the challenges facing them are numerous.

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Education
5:45 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Peace University Lowering Tuition

William Peace University
Credit peace.edu

Colleges and universities across the state are looking at raising tuition. But one university in Raleigh is going against the grain. William Peace University has announced in a letter to students it's lowering tuition around 7.73 percent. That brings tuition to $23,700 for the 2012-2013 school year. Debra Townsley is the university president.

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Education
1:30 pm
Fri November 25, 2011

NCSU Student Engineering A Solution

A student at NC State is hoping to solve a pervasive problem in developing countries.

Tate Rogers needed an idea for his senior engineering seminar class last spring. The assignment – use the Gates Foundation Grand Challenge guidelines to develop an idea to help dispose of human waste in developing countries.

His idea was simple: encase a hand-held auger in a pipe, so that one person could empty a latrine, instead of needing a huge, costly truck. Rogers won a $100,000 Gates grant and is now developing a prototype.

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