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12:33 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

U.S. Appeals Court To Hear Wake School Board Redistricting Case

Credit SalFalko via Flickr, Creative Commons

The U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit challenging Wake County’s school board election maps.

The Durham-based Southern Coalition for Social Justice is challenging the 2013 redistricting on behalf of a handful of Wake County residents and two local organizations. They argue that the new districts drawn by the Republican-led General Assembly disfavor urban voters.

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Education
5:50 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Durham Program Ignites Passion For Science, Technology, Engineering And Math [VIDEO]

Students in Neal Magnet Middle's STEM Academy building robots.
Credit Carol Jackson

There's a school program in Durham North Carolina that is preparing low-income African American boys for science, technology and engineering careers. The program is not focused on those who are failing, but rather those who have been chosen for their potential to succeed. WUNC's Carol Jackson has this profile:

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Education
10:58 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Guilford Schools Get New Tablets Countywide After Halting Program

Teachers and students say the new case (similar to an OtterBox) is part of the reason fewer tablets are breaking.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Students in Guilford County have tablet computers...again. The federally funded initiative first began in August of 2013, but school officials suspended the program weeks later after more than 10-percent of the devices broke. Now, middle school students have tablets from a different manufacturer.

At Jamestown Middle School several students surround a table in the media center. Their necks careen downward and their fingers move comfortably across glass screens. These tablets have games in math, social studies and science.

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Education
8:55 am
Thu December 4, 2014

UNC Pharmacy School Gets $100 Million Gift

UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt outside Eshelman School of Pharmacy with Pharma Exec Fred Eshelman.
Credit Leoneda Inge

A UNC Chapel Hill alum has committed the largest individual gift ever to the university.  The $100 million dollars is for the pharmacy school.

UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt made the announcement Wednesday outside the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

"I am almost speechless," said Folt.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Mission To Save African-American “School of Hope” In Western North Carolina

The Children from Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School
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In 1912, famed educator Booker T. Washington approached philanthropist and Sears Roebuck Company CEO Julius Rosenwald with a plan to build schools for African-American children in the South. 

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Education
5:00 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Cary Considers Overcrowded Schools In Rezoning Talks

Credit Dave DeWitt

 Members of the Cary Town Council are calling on county officials to help address the issue of overcrowding in Wake County public schools.

Earlier this month, the council tabled a request to rezone about 58 acres in west Cary that would have created 130 new homes.

Some members say they don’t feel comfortable moving forward with the plan just yet – at least not while many of the nearby schools are at or above capacity.

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Education
7:20 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Wake County Schools To Ask Students To Bring Electronic Devices

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Thirteen public schools in Wake County will soon be asking students to bring their tablets, smartphones, iPads and laptops to class.

The elementary, middle and high schools are participating in a pilot program called BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, that will be rolled out over the next couple of months.

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Education
12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

North Carolina Teachers Learn About Undocumented Immigrants Through Remarkable Story

Tamaulipas, Mexico, 1996 – Marisol daydreams at dusk while anticipating the arrival of more garbage trucks at the municipal dump.
Credit Janet Jarman

Immigration has taken center stage this week with President Obama's announcement of protection for some  children and families who entered the country illegally. In North Carolina, some area teachers have recently been trained to better understand the experience of such undocumented immigrants. The training is based on an extraordinary set of photos, taken over two decades, on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

WUNC's Carol Jackson tells the story:

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Education
5:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Here's How Education Cuts Are Affecting NC Teacher Assistants

Fayetteville teacher assistant Grace King works with 1st graders on sight words.
Credit Reema Khrais

Public school districts throughout the state have fewer teacher assistants in the classrooms this academic year than the previous year, despite assurances from lawmakers that the state budget would not lead to TA reductions.  

Since the 2008-09 recession, state funding for TAs has been reduced by more than 20 percent, leading to thousands of cuts.

In Cumberland County Schools, teacher assistant Grace King begins her day driving a school bus.

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Education
8:26 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Still No Money For NC Group Reviewing Common Core Standards

The Academic Standards Review Commission met for their third meeting on Monday.
Credit Reema Khrais

  A commission charged with making changes to the state's Common Core academic standards is facing a very elemental question: how will it get the money it needs to complete its work?

Legislators passed a bill this summer to create a commission to review and recommend changes to the Math and English academic standards for public school students.

In the legislation, lawmakers outlined that the commission should have money to hire staff and conduct research, but did not make clear how much money the commission will receive and where it will come from.

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