Education

Education
11:57 am
Mon April 28, 2014

'My Role Is To Figure Out What The Modern Student-Teacher Relationship Sounds Like'

Will Michaels talks with a class at Riverside High School in Durham
Credit Muhammad Abdur-Rauf

A North Carolina Public Radio producer, Will Michaels, is traveling the state for a project called "My Teacher." He's helping students interview a special teacher. The students come up with the questions and conduct the interview. Will records the interviews and edits them into short audio segments. Many of the interviews are airing on NC Public Radio/WUNC.

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Education
8:45 am
Fri April 25, 2014

NC Lawmakers Propose Repeal Of Common Core Standards

Fourth-grade teacher Rosalyn Bailey explains a math assignment to her students at Hubbard Elementary School in Nash County.
Credit Reema Khrais

State lawmakers say they’re hoping to throw away the Common Core standards and replace them with North Carolina’s own education standards.

In a legislative study committee on Thursday, lawmakers proposed a bill that would create a review commission to rewrite the academics standards by December 2015. 

The Common Core standards, initially adopted by 45 states, set high, rigorous goals for what students across the country should be able to do. Supporters of the national standards say they raise the bar in terms of what students should know – that they’re more rigorous.

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Education
8:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge Halts Law Repealing Teacher Tenure in Durham, Guilford

Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

A Superior Court judge on Wednesday halted a mandate that  requires North Carolina school districts to reward their top teachers with multi-year contracts in exchange for giving up tenure.

Guilford County and Durham Public School leaders filed a lawsuit against the new mandate earlier this year, calling it unconstitutional.  The judge issued a  preliminary injunction, which means the two school systems do not have to follow the mandate while the case is being decided.

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Education
8:45 am
Wed April 23, 2014

North Carolina A&T Nursing School: Future Uncertain

North Carolina A&T School of Nursing
Credit North Carolina A&T

North Carolina A&T's nursing degree program is in peril after the UNC Board of Governors decided to temporarily suspend enrollment.

In 2010 and 2011, fewer than 75 percent of A&T's nursing school passed the National Council Licensure Examination on the first try.  That could have terminated the program, but the Board of Governors gave the nursing school two more years to get passing scores above 85 percent.

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Education
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

#TeachingIs: What's Your 6 Word Memoir?

What is teaching to you? Can you say it in 6 words?

We breathe each day to grow.
by Ms Moffett in Room1 at Benchmark school

I’m an educator, not content deliverer.
by Sarah Cacicio

Standardized tests do not define us
by 4th Grade Writing at Little Cypress Intermediate

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Education
10:31 am
Tue April 22, 2014

UNC 'Whistleblower' Resigns, What She's Saying Now

Mary Willingham
Credit Chris Griffin / Daily Tar Heel

The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says she's resigning at the end of the semester. 

Mary Willingham confirmed her decision to WUNC after a closed-door meeting with UNC Chancellor Carol Folt.

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Meet Terri Phoenix

Terri Phoenix is the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Credit lgbtq.unc.edu

Meet Terri Phoenix

Terri Phoenix (T) grew up always feeling like an outsider. As a young child in a poor, fragmented family, Terri moved around more than ten times before starting high school and was always the "new kid."

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Education
9:35 am
Fri April 18, 2014

'Alarming' Number Of Teachers Resigning In Wake County

Married couple Tracy and Britt Morton, both teachers at Apex High School, explain why they are leaving their current teaching positions. They spoke at a Wake County School press conference Thursday.
Credit Reema Khrais

 An alarming number of Wake County teachers have resigned midway through this school year,  according to school officials. More than 600 teachers have left their jobs since July 2013, an increase of 41 percent from last year. Many critics say the current legislative policies and flat pay scale are discouraging teachers from staying the classroom. Listen to the full report below: 

    

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Education
5:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UNC’s New Grading System Could Show What That ‘A’ Is Really Worth

Starting this fall, UNC student transcripts will offer grades alongside the median score and ranking among classmates.
Credit UNC / insidehighered.com

Student transcripts from the University of North Carolina will look pretty different this fall. Beyond course grades and GPAs, the records will also include the median grade and where the student ranked among their classmates.

Sociology Professor Andrew Perrin is leading the charge for the transition to "contextual grading."

“I think this is both about reinforcing our ability to offer excellent education and then also being faithful and fair in our reporting about how well we think students have actually performed in the classroom,” Perrin said.

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Education
4:08 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Teachers Lash Out At Compensation Task Force Report

State Sen. Jerry Tillman presides over the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Maybe it’s the name. A “Task Force” conjures up an image of a group of people rushing in, grabbing a problem around the neck, and wrestling a solution out of it.

Any notion that that might happen with the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force was doused with cold water by co-chair Rob Bryan when he presented the group’s final report.

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