Education

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5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

McCrory Unveils Budget, Teachers Call For Bigger Raises

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Governor Pat McCrory released his $21 billion budget on Wednesday, setting aside $262.9 million for teacher raises and state employees. 

The governor and lawmakers have made it clear that teacher pay will be a major priority for this year’s short session, which is a time meant for lawmakers to adjust the budget approved last year. 

Teachers held their own “day of action” on Wednesday, the first day of the session. They outlined their demands and concerns in a morning press conference held by the North Carolina Association of Educators.

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Education
9:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

N.C. Supreme Court Allows Voucher Program To Continue

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 The North Carolina Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s order to halt the state’s voucher program.

That means the program can go on – at least for now. It’s a program that gives low-income families scholarships of up to $4,200 to help send their children to private schools.

Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction earlier this year to stop the program, siding with critics who say it’s unconstitutional because the private school scholarships are funded with taxpayer dollars.

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Education
8:40 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Teacher Email To Legislators Draws Harsh Reply

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Last week, Sarah Wiles, a science teacher in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools with a master's degree and six years' experience, sent an email to every member of the North Carolina General Assembly with the subject line: “I am embarrassed to confess: I am a teacher.” That email is below.

Monday morning, Sen. David Curtis, a Republican from Denver, NC, replied (actually “reply all” as it went to every member of the General Assembly.) And it’s a message that is sure to get some attention from public-school advocates.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Education
8:37 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Commencement Weekend: Grads Urged To Live 'Lives Of Consequence'

Nearly 6,000 students received degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday
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Many colleges and universities across North Carolina have added thousands of alumni.  Students from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University were among those to turn their tassels Sunday. 

Harvard surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande spoke at UNC's commencement. The theme of Gawande's speech was how to find the right place to live and work after graduation.

"One thing I came to realize after college was that the search for purpose is really a search for a place, not an idea," says Gawande. 

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Education
5:36 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

NC Attorneys Say Thousands Of Students Not Receiving Basic Education

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 Attorneys for some low-income school districts say the state is failing on its commitment to provide all students with a sound, basic education.

The lawyers are asking for a hearing in August and a written plan from the state as to how it intends to meet the basic education mandate outlined in the decades-old landmark lawsuit, known as the Leandro case.

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Education
4:04 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

WUNC's Guide To Graduation Weekend In The Triangle

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Several universities are holding their commencement exercises this weekend. Here's a look at what's in store.

The Speakers

UNC Chapel Hill: Dr. Atul Gawande.

Dr. Gawande has become a household name for fans of science and medical journalism. He's a leader in the field of how to make health care more efficient and more effective on an institutional level. He also gave a TED talk, which makes him pretty hip.

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Education
8:49 am
Fri May 9, 2014

NC State University Expands Efforts To Attract Rural Students

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Many studies show that students in rural counties are less likely to go to college, especially four-year or private institutions. Faced with that reality, some university leaders are reconsidering how to attract students from rural communities.

At North Carolina State University, leaders are expanding their current programs that serve and prepare high school students. Earlier this year, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences received a $3 million endowment from a Raleigh couple to help rural students win admission to the university.

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Education
4:11 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

McCrory Outlines Plan To Improve Teacher Pay, Give Raises

Gov. McCrory announced today a new plan for paying teachers.
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Governor Pat McCrory announced Wednesday that he intends to give all teachers a two percent raise this year. He also set out a long-term plan to overhaul the way North Carolina's teachers are paid. 

His proposal would reward teachers based on their experience, performance and credentials. Teachers in hard-to-staff schools or subjects would also receive extra pay. Governor McCrory gave details about the plan at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro earlier today. 

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Education
6:00 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Bill Which Would Allow Students To Attend Any Public School Postponed

State lawmakers voted on Monday to postpone a bill that would allow North Carolina students to attend any public school in the state, noting that more study is needed.

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Education
1:41 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

2014 Commencement: Two Speakers, And Three Ideas

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There are a lot of interesting people coming to the Triangle this weekend and in the coming weeks to wish our graduates well.

Giving a graduation speech is an art. Will any of the speakers match the power of Steve Jobs' 2005 address to the Stanford graduates?

"Your time is limited," he told them. "So don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."

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