Education

This section collects Education stories from WUNC News & other sources.

Child at computer.
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Thousands of North Carolina students attend virtual charter schools. The program began in 2015 as a pilot project, and the flexible format is a boon for students pursuing some professional careers, like athletics. 

A pencil and a form on a table inside a public school in Durham.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The Robeson County School Board has come out against the State Board of Education's decision to select one of its elementary schools to be the first school in the state's new Innovative School District.

a woman and child walking at the Duke University campus.
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Duke University's endowment could take a hit if the Republican tax plan passes. The bill includes a new excise tax on universities whose endowment fund is valued more than $100,000 per student. That could amount to a $10 or $15 million annual tax for the university, according to Duke spokesman Michael Schoenfeld.

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The State Board of Education voted in its November meeting to close Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy in Bertie County after a series of issues that the Charter School Advisory Board Chair Alex Quigley called, "a pattern of failure."

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Members of the UNC Board of Governors are split on whether or not to hire their own staff. A related motion failed in committee Thursday, but some members want the full board to weigh in.

University of North Carolina system logo
University of North Carolina

Updated 10:38 a.m. | Nov. 3, 2017

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is moving ahead with a controversial free speech policy for its sixteen college campuses. It calls for the discipline of students who 'substantially disrupt' others' first amendment rights.  

A pencil and a form on a table inside a public school in Durham.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The State Board of Education has approved Southside Ashpole Elementary in Robeson County to be included in the state's new innovative school district. The initiative was created under state law to bring together low-performing schools and turn over their operations to charter school management companies.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

A legislative task force is poised to lead in making big changes to the way the state allocates funding to North Carolina's public schools.

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Governor Roy Cooper has declared this Financial Aid Awareness Week, and this Saturday colleges across the state will hold FAFSA Day events. That means it's time for prospective college students to fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The single application allows students to apply for both federal and state grants and loans to help pay for higher education.

My Teacher: 'You made me excited to learn'

Oct 24, 2017
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

Principal Denita Dowell-Reavis stands in front of the doors to Faith Elementary, a school in Rowan County.
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

This is Denita Dowell-Reavis’ second year as a principal at Faith Elementary, a public school in the small town of Faith, in Rowan County. She worked hard last year. While finishing her doctorate degree in educational leadership, she helped her school exceed its expected test scores.

My Teacher: Keeping the Class Together

Oct 23, 2017
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

My Teacher: How We've Changed

Oct 18, 2017
Teacher Lisa Covington and Student Rayna Haque
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

Mladen Vouk is the N.C. State associate vice chancellor of research development
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Across academia, faculty and graduate students perform all kinds of research. Their findings lead to new medicines, better understanding of space and time, or how the brain ticks. Universities brag about the economic impact their research has. Every year, for example, North Carolina schools bring in more than $3 billion of research funding.

UNC Athletics faced no penalty after an NCAA investigation into paper courses
Jon Gardiner / UNC-Chapel Hill

The NCAA report released Friday closes a chapter for the University of North Carolina. Here's a look at the three-and-a-half year investigation by the numbers:

Glenn Elementary parents Tamara and David Vanie address the crowd at a parent rally against the Innovative School District, which could bring a state takeover to their East Durham school.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

Update on Friday, October 13: Glenn Elementary is no longer being considered for state takeover through the North Carolina Innovative School District, according to Durham school board chairman Mike Lee. Southside Ashpole Elementary School in Robeson County is the only school that will be recommended for inclusion in the new district in the 2018-2019 school year, according to an announcement from the state Department of Public Instruction.

It’s a Monday night and Tamara Vanie, who’s nearly seven months pregnant, and her husband David, who just got off of work, are knocking on doors in a mostly black and Hispanic neighborhood in East Durham. They’re talking to anyone who will listen about the possible state takeover of their neighborhood elementary school.

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In 1869, Charles Eliot wrote a compelling article entitled “The New Education” in The Atlantic Monthly, calling for American universities to shift away from the classics-based curriculum and towards a more utilitarian system that would prepare young men for economic and political leadership. 

The James Henry Jones family.
Courtesy of film director Anna Jones (back row, second from left).

 James H. Jones made a living as a farmer in Northampton County and cemented a legacy as a community leader for equal education. His efforts pushed the school board to give African-American students more resources after the county failed to comply with standards set by the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. 

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Updated 5:49 p.m., October 13, 2017

An NCAA infractions committee decided it will not punish UNC as it relates to "paper courses" attended by students, including student athletes.

Book cover of David Orborne's new book 'Reinventing America's Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System' delves into case studies where the charter school system helped boost school performance.
David Osborne

The charter school experiment is in many ways still in its infancy. In the past 25 years thousands of schools across the country have turned to the model to tackle low performance and to give administrators more freedom to play with school structure. There are some glowing success stories, but studies show inconsistency in charter school performance even within particular states.

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The Triangle-based affordable housing nonprofit CASA is proposing to build a new 24-apartment complex reserved specifically for Durham Public School teachers. CASA has submitted its proposal to the State Employees Credit Union for financing.

Constance 'Connie" Ledoux Book has been introduced as Elon University's ninth president
Elon University

Elon University's Board of Trustees has chosen Constance "Connie" Ledoux Book as the school's next president.

My Teacher: How Your Class Moved Us

Oct 6, 2017
Kimani Hall / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

The entrance to the Wake County Public Schools administration office.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The 2017 state budget significantly changed the way the state's nearly 2,500 principals are paid, and that has members of the State Board of Education simultaneously grateful and worried.

Duke University President Vincent Price sat down with WUNC's Managing Editor Dave DeWitt for an interview.
Duke University

Vincent Price has been officially installed as Duke University’s tenth president.

UNC System President Margaret Spellings and her community college counterpart shared a stage in Charlotte last night with House Speaker Tim Moore. They fielded questions about how to make higher education more affordable and accessible. 

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro celebrates its 125th anniversary today.

In honor of the milestone, students, alumni and faculty are invited to participate in activities on campus like games, photos booths and much more.

A sign in front of West Lumberton Elementary, the only Robeson County school that remains closed a year after Hurricane Matthew. The storm dumped about three feet of standing water into the building, and destroyed many of its students' homes.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

Robeson County second grader Niveah Barnes remembers one detail in particular about Hurricane Matthew.

"I wanted to talk about dinosaurs when I was in first grade, but we couldn't do that, because the flood was in the middle of the school," she said.

Wake School Bus
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Wake County Commissioners unanimously supported a plan to create a civil penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says 3,100 vehicles pass stopped school buses daily, as students climb on and off.

A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

Parents at a Durham school facing possible takeover are criticizing state officials' handling of the process. In a video posted to YouTube, they called state efforts to engage parents inauthentic.

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