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Dave DeWitt

Five members of the Wake County School Board were sworn in last night. The board majority is now in the hands of Democrats, after two years of Republican control.

Thorp Meets With Obama

Dec 6, 2011

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp attended a White House summit yesterday in Washington. He and 11 other college leaders discussed affordability and college access with President Obama.

Thorp says Mr. Obama is well-versed on the issues universities are facing in a tough economy.

Abu, from Africa, smiles in the ''Giving Closet'' at the Newcomers School in Greensboro
Jeff Tiberii

The Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro is a melting pot. Since August of 2007 the school has welcomed about 3,000 students from around the world who are transitioning to a life in America while learning English. Seventy-five percent of the students are refugees and the challenges facing them are numerous.

William Peace University
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Colleges and universities across the state are looking at raising tuition. But one university in Raleigh is going against the grain. William Peace University has announced in a letter to students it's lowering tuition around 7.73 percent. That brings tuition to $23,700 for the 2012-2013 school year. Debra Townsley is the university president.

A student at NC State is hoping to solve a pervasive problem in developing countries.

Tate Rogers needed an idea for his senior engineering seminar class last spring. The assignment – use the Gates Foundation Grand Challenge guidelines to develop an idea to help dispose of human waste in developing countries.

His idea was simple: encase a hand-held auger in a pipe, so that one person could empty a latrine, instead of needing a huge, costly truck. Rogers won a $100,000 Gates grant and is now developing a prototype.

A new elementary school in Southeast Raleigh is going through some growing pains.
Dave DeWitt

A high-profile elementary school in southeast Raleigh is going through some growing pains.

A few days before school began in August, Principal Corey Moore welcomed a horde of new families to Walnut Creek Elementary School.

Three new high schools that feature an innovative curriculum are up and running in North Carolina this school year. The schools focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

The new STEM schools are the City of Medicine Academy in Durham, Craven Early College East, and Wake NC State University Early College in Raleigh.

Tony Habit is the President of the North Carolina New Schools Project.

The State Department of Public Instruction has unveiled a plan to consolidate the three residential schools that serve deaf and blind students. The two schools in Wilson and Morganton will remain open, while the Governor Morehead School or the Blind in Raleigh will become a satellite school.

A task force at UNC-Chapel Hill has approved sizable tuition hikes.

The Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force voted to raise in-state tuition 16-and-a-half percent and out-of-state tuition 6-and-a-half percent.

Student leaders offered proposals for much smaller increases. UNC-Chapel Hill officials say state budget cuts necessitate large tuition increases to maintain quality.

It's the first step in a months-long process toward possibly increasing tuition at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Wake County School Bus
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Wake County School officials are holding information sessions for parents starting today. The five events are designed to help families navigate a school choice plan that will take effect next year.

The five information sessions will take place in churches, preschools, and town halls in an attempt to reach out to populations that may not be easily reached otherwise. One of the sessions will be held in Spanish.

UNC System Turns 40

Nov 10, 2011

Only five people have ever been the president of the 16-campus UNC system. Tom Ross, Erskine Bowles, Molly Broad, C-D Spangler, and Bill Friday got together last night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the UNC system. It was a night of shared experiences and behind-the-scenes stories. But, the best story of all may be how the system was created in the early 1970s.

wake bus
Dave DeWitt

Democrats have regained control of the majority on the Wake County School Board. Incumbent Kevin Hill defeated Republican Heather Losurdo in a runoff election last night.

Looking worn out and even slightly embarrassed, Kevin Hill greeted supporters last night after the final votes were in.

In the most expensive Wake School Board race in history, Hill defeated Losurdo by just four percentage points. He is the fifth Democrat to win this election season – a strong rebuke of the Republicans who held the majority the last 2 years.

Education officials in Halifax County are stepping up efforts to hold parents accountable for student attendance. The county court system will host monthly truancy sessions starting at the end of November. Many other counties have similar programs. The move comes as dropout and truancy rates continue to rise in Halifax County's three school districts. County District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey says those districts don't always take the same steps to address truancy.

The final seat on the Wake County School Board is up for grabs today. Voters in Wake County’s District 3 will decide between Republican Heather Losurdo and Democrat Kevin Hill.

The runoff campaign has been intense, personal, and expensive. Counting all five school board races and the District 3 runoff, school board candidates have spent around $500,000. Outside interest groups have spent tens of thousands more. Losurdo says these messages are distracting to voters in District 3.

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