Education

The State of Things
12:17 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

A Re-evaluation Of The Common Core

This photo was taken at the first meeting of the review commission.
Credit Reema Khrais

Advocates and opponents of the Common Core curriculum have debated its merits since its adoption in North Carolina in 2012. 

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Education
8:38 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

NC Commission Begins Review Of Common Core Standards

This photo was taken at the first meeting of the review commission.
Credit Reema Khrais

A state commission reviewing the Common Core academic standards for public school students met for the first time on Monday.

The politically-appointed commission has until December 2015 to look over the English and Math standards, and possibly make recommendations to the NC State Board of Education.   

The review comes after months of complaints from parents and teachers. Many of them say the math and English standards are developmentally inappropriate for younger children, while others have equated Common Core to a federal takeover of education.

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Education
7:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Wake Schools Working On Plans To Reassign Students

Credit WUNC File Photo

Wake County officials are drafting new plans to reassign some students next school year.

School reassignment has been one of the most contentious topics in the Wake County school system. Officials didn't make any assignment changes last year for the current school year because only one new school opened up.

But 17 new schools are slated to open in the next few years to keep pace with the fast-growing county.

“Twenty-two babies are born every day in Wake County hospitals,” said school board member Christine Kushner. “That’s a kindergarten class born every day.”

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Education
7:23 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Did Speaker Tillis Really Cut $500 Million From Education?

Credit Senate Majority PAC/YouTube

Education is a central theme in the race between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. Both U.S. Senate candidates have highlighted the issue as they try to gain an advantage in what has been a tight contest. 

Hagan has argued that Tillis is not prioritizing public schools and education. She claims that he cut about $500 million in education spending.

“His priorities even speak louder than his words,” Hagan said during her first debate with Tillis. “...The fact that he gave tax cuts to the millionaires. He cut education by $500 million.”

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Meet Hana Pichova - Choosing Her Own Path

Hana Pichova is a UNC professor and author that escaped communism 35 years ago and she's been making the most of her opportunities ever since.
Credit gazette.unc.edu

Hana Pichova grew up under a totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia during the 1970s. 

For Pichova, opportunities for learning and discovery were rare under the control of the communist government.

At 18, she and her parents fled to Switzerland. Pichova decided she wanted to  immigrate to America. Unbeknownst to her parents, she went to the German border to seek political asylum. When they learned of her move, they decided to follow her, despite their reservations. 

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Education
7:46 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Little More Than Half Of NC Students Proficient In Test Results

Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

 More public school students passed their standardized exams last year than in the previous year, in part because of changes to the grading scale that made it easier for students to be considered proficient.

The overall passing rate, across all subjects, was about 56 percent. Results are based on end-of-grade tests in reading, science and math, and end-of-course tests in three high school subjects.

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Education
4:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The School Nurse Problem In NC, And What One Parent Is Doing About It

The school nurse-to-student ratio in NC is well above the level recommended by the CDC.
Credit NC Parents Advocating For School Health

Teri Saurer is a parent, and like any parent she got a little anxious a few years ago when her daughter, Hannah, was about to head off to kindergarten.

“Hannah had a prior history of epilepsy and she now has life-threatening food allergies,” Saurer explains. “I was very concerned sending her to school. So I looked into the nurse situation and I was very surprised to find out that there was not a nurse in her school every day.”

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Education
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

162-Year-Old Oak Ridge Military Academy Marches On

The school is located along state highway 150 in Guilford County.
Jeff Tiberii

One of the nation's oldest military schools is located just a few miles northwest of Greensboro. Oak Ridge Military Academy recently began its 163rd academic year. However, for a time it looked as though the school was going to close. In the face of growing competition, low enrollment and unstable leadership, the academy changed course.  And for now Oak Ridge marches on.

This week North Carolina Public Radio is looking at school communities. This is the fourth installment of a five-part series.
 

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Education
2:36 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Then And Now: African American Training School Becomes Symbol Of The Future

(Left) An Image of the original Orange County Training School, Circa 1916. (Right) The new Northside Elementary School
Credit Rootsweb.ancestry.com, Chapel Hill, Carborro Schools

The site of an early 1900s training school for African Americans is now one of the most technologically advanced, energy efficient buildings in the state.

Northside Elementary School, in Chapel Hill, has been awarded Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council. It's one of only 40 schools in the country to achieve such status.

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Education
4:55 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Experienced Teachers Under Fire

Experienced teachers have been at odds with lawmakers throughout the year.
Credit Reema Khrais

College pennants hang from every open space in Chuck Hennessee’s classroom at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill. He’s even strung some up on clotheslines from one side of the room to the other, so you have to duck to avoid them. But for Hennessee, it’s been a few years since his own graduation.

“I am a better teacher in my 29th year now than I was in my 25th and much better than I was in my 20th, my tenth, and it doesn’t even compare to my fifth and first year,” says Hennessee.

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