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Education
5:45 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Bill Would Allow Community Colleges To Opt Out Of Some Loans

Lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow community colleges to opt out of offering low interest federal loans to students. Legislation enacted last year would require all community colleges to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. It allows students to borrow directly from the federal government. But some community college presidents say if too many students fail to repay these loans it may jeopardize the institutions' ability to provide other federal financial aid.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed March 30, 2011

NC Education Lottery Turns Five

NC Education Lottery

Today is the five-year anniversary of the founding of the North Caroline Education Lottery. When it was created in 2006, North Carolina was one of the last states east of the Mississippi to create a lottery.

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Education
5:05 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Identifying And Teaching Gifted Kids

Research out of Duke University shows that a gifted curriculum has great benefits for students, even those students who aren’t originally identified as gifted.

The study placed 5,000 students across North Carolina into gifted programs, some of whom were not identified by educators as being gifted. Many of those students soon performed well-enough to be identified as gifted.

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Education
5:13 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Perdue: Public Education At A Crossroads

Bev Perdue
Credit Office of the Governor

Leaders in business, education, and government gathered in Raleigh today to discuss the future of student readiness. They were there as part of the "Many Voices, One Goal" Education Conference.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Challenges Facing Community Colleges

The president of the national organization that represents community colleges visited Guilford County yesterday. Walter Bumphus was in the state as part of a national listening tour.

Bumphus included North Carolina in his travels because of the state’s robust and comprehensive community college system. There are 58 community colleges in North Carolina, serving nearly a million students. Scott Ralls is the president of the North Carolina Community College system.

He says the down economy has meant laid-off workers arriving on campuses in droves:

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Education
5:44 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Teachers March For Jobs

Teachers protesting
Credit Dave DeWitt

More than 1,000 teachers from around the state took to the streets of Raleigh today. They were in town for the North Carolina Association of Educators annual conference. They are protesting, in part, against possible budget cuts in the General Assembly that could lead to tens of thousands of teachers and school personnel being laid off. The Legislature is trying to plug a $2.5 billion dollar budget gap.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Teachers Rally In Raleigh

The North Carolina Association of Educators will hold its annual convention in Raleigh today. The teachers' group is also expected to march through the city streets.

North Carolina's teachers are facing thousands of potential layoffs across the state and a nationwide trend portraying them as entrenched and ineffective.

Education
5:00 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Wake High Schools Accreditation Changed

Wake County high schools have been placed on “accredited warned” status by the agency that accredits them.

The AdvancED report (pdf) states that the school board has"created a climate of uncertainty, suspicion, and mistrust throughout the community."

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Education
7:00 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Imam Speaks At UNC

UNC-Chapel Hill is hosting a lecture later today by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. He's the man at the heart of a controversial plan to build an Islamic Center near ground zero in lower Manhattan. Bill Balthrop is a professor in the department of communication studies at UNC. He says the Imam will talk about religious tolerance and pluralism in the United States during this year's Weil Lecture on American Citizenship:

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Education
5:00 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

NC State Drafts Long-Term Savings Plan

North Carolina State University is reorganizing many of its departments and services to prepare for more budget cuts. The plan includes eliminating at least five high-ranking positions and merging different student services under one roof. State officials have told public schools to prepare for budget cuts of as much as 15 percent. N.C. State has seen budget cuts every year since 2007.

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