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Education
8:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

26 New Charter Schools Will Be Biggest Expansion In NC Program’s History

The State Board of Education voted to approve 26 new charter schools that will open this fall across the state.
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The State Board of Education on Thursday gave a swift, final approval for 26 charter schools to open this fall. It’ll be the largest single-year expansion of charter schools since they first popped up in the late 1990’s.

The schools include four in Wake County, one in Durham and 11 in Charlotte. Other schools approved will open in Harnett, Bertie, Buncombe, Halifax, Rockingham, Brunswick, Cumberland, Wayne and Wilson counties. 

Funded by taxpayer money, charter schools operate independently and are exempt from some of the regulations followed by traditional public schools.

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Education
1:16 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Intern With WUNC Digital

2013 Intern Wilson Sayre (left) works with a production team.
Credit Indaia Whitcombe

Spend part of your semester applying your classroom skills in the real world.

Interns will work directly with Digital Editor Carol Jackson, and station reporters, as we build WUNC's digital presence.

Students will:

  • look for story ideas
  • write stories
  • conduct image and archival research
  • produce multimedia content

The ideal candidate will be a curious person who is a strong writer, with experience manipulating images, video and sound.

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Education
8:24 am
Wed January 8, 2014

With 48 Hours, Duke Students ‘Rethink’ Education And Find New Ideas

First-place winners of Duke University's 'Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge' Winter Forum pose for a picture. The team proposed an online database that can be shared between schools in North Carolina and India to improve STEM education.
Credit Reema Khrais / WUNC

A high tech pen-pal system shuttling messages,  knowledge and know-how between schools in Durham and those in India. A program that would have students repair bicycles as a part of their studies. How about older students teaching younger students through video tutorials? Or paying high achieving students to tutor?

These were some of the bright ideas cooked up by Duke undergrads for the “Rethink Education: The Innovation Challenge” winter forum at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

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The State of Things
1:09 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Holocaust Bureau Educates North Carolina Youth On Horrible History

Prisoners at Ebensee Concentration Camp in 1945. Many of those who survived camps like these now speak out as a part of Speaker's Bureaus around the country.
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"Once you listen to a witness, you become a witness yourself." - Elie Wiesel

As the years pass since the Holocaust, fewer and fewer survivors remain to tell their powerful stories.

One North Carolina organization, the Chapel Hill-Durham Holocaust Speakers Bureau, seeks to preserve the important lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. The Bureau arranges for people with first-hand accounts of history to talk publicly, especially with children.

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Lessons From Holocaust Survivors For Today’s Youth

Credit www.holocaustspeakersbureau.org

As the years pass since the Nazi Holocaust, fewer and fewer survivors remain to tell their powerful stories.

One North Carolina organization, the Chapel Hill-Durham Holocaust Speakers Bureau, seeks to preserve the important lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. Host Frank Stasio talks with bureau organizer and daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Sharon Halperin, and local Holocaust survivors Renee Fink and Peter Stein.

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Education
5:31 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

'The Color Purple' Remains on Brunswick County Reading Lists

"The Color Purple" first edition cover, 1982.
Credit Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

The School Board in Brunswick County has voted to uphold an earlier decision and keep the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Color Purple” on advanced placement reading lists.

The Brunswick County School board voted 3 to 2 in favor of upholding Superintendent Edward Pruden’s decision to keep Alice Walker's “The Color Purple” on school reading lists.  But Pruden says the debate is still not completely resolved.

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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

Brian McDonald taught at Jordan High School for 13 years before he became interested in the history of the school. And when he looked, he found a school that grew up along with the Civil Rights Movement. His new book; “Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School” (NCCU/2011), explores the history of the high school. Host Frank Stasio talks to Brian McDonald, a teacher at Jordan High School about his new book.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

How Rebuilding The Raleigh Beltline Could Change Start Times At Wake County Schools

The rebuilding of the Raleigh Beltline will hit some Wake County schools hard as more than 200 buses have routes that will be affected by the construction.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The reconstruction of the Raleigh Beltline is likely to have a huge impact on the Wake County School system.  About 20 percent of schools may be forced to change their start times and bus routes next year.

Though construction is not expected to reach its peak until late 2014, Wake County school administrators and board members are already considering what changes they may need to make.

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Education
4:45 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Training Teachers: The Growing Political Influence Of Teach For America In NC

Leadership for Educational Equity is a little-known 501c4 partner group of Teach For America.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Rob Bryan might not have needed the help. As the chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, he was well-positioned to run against, and defeat, a Democratic incumbent for a seat in the State Legislature in 2012.

But what turned out to be one of the more astute political decisions in his life happened more than 20 years ago, when he was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill and his roommate brought in a brochure for an organization he’d never heard of before.

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Education
7:36 am
Wed December 18, 2013

NC Teachers File Second Lawsuit Challenging Tenure Repeal

NCAE, along with six plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the repeal of career status, which has been around since 1971.
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The N.C. Association of Educators filed a second major education lawsuit in a week, this time challenging the end of tenureotherwise known as career statusfor North Carolina public school teachers.

The lawsuit, also filed by six classroom teachers, argues that the repeal of career status violates federal and state constitutions by taking away basic due process rights.

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