Reema Khrais http://wunc.org en Mother, Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Require EpiPens In Schools http://wunc.org/post/mother-advocates-urge-lawmakers-require-epipens-schools <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>North Carolina lawmakers are reconsidering a bill that could help children with life-threatening food or insect allergies. The act would require each school in North Carolina to store emergency epinephrine &nbsp;injectors on hand – medicine that many parents and doctors say could help save a child’s life. You can listen to the full report below.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:35:23 +0000 Reema Khrais 33486 at http://wunc.org Mother, Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Require EpiPens In Schools Will There Be More Pre-K Slots In Wake County Soon? http://wunc.org/post/will-there-be-more-pre-k-slots-wake-county-soon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wake County school officials say they hope to expand pre-kindergarten services by adding more than 200 slots for next school year.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Superintendent Jim Merrill is asking the Board of Commissioners for $39 million in local funding, with about $1.5 million directed toward hiring more teachers, assistant teachers and special education experts.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:04:06 +0000 Reema Khrais 33417 at http://wunc.org Will There Be More Pre-K Slots In Wake County Soon? Fact Check: Clearing Up 7 Common Core Claims http://wunc.org/post/fact-check-clearing-7-common-core-claims <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The new Common Core standards have been met with growing criticism from many state leaders, teachers and parents. The standards were initially adopted by 45 states and introduced to North Carolina classrooms in 2012. They’re meant to replace a hodgepodge of state standards with one set of clear, consistent goals for what students should learn in Math and English at every grade level.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Reema Khrais 33310 at http://wunc.org Fact Check: Clearing Up 7 Common Core Claims Crime, Dropouts, Suspensions Down In NC Public Schools http://wunc.org/post/crime-dropouts-suspensions-down-nc-public-schools <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crime, violence, dropout rates and out-of-school suspensions declined across North Carolina public schools last school year, according to a report released by state education officials.</span></p><p>The report shows 10,630 reported acts of school crime and violence last school year, a 4.8 percent decrease from the 11,161 acts in 2011-12. The most common reported acts involve illegal possession of drugs or alcohol, weapons or assault.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:10:48 +0000 Reema Khrais 33153 at http://wunc.org Crime, Dropouts, Suspensions Down In NC Public Schools Report Shows Challenges For African-American, Latino Kids http://wunc.org/post/report-shows-challenges-african-american-latino-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">African-American, Latino and American-Indian children in North Carolina face greater obstacles to success than their peers, according to a new policy report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report is based on indicators that measure a child’s success from birth to adulthood, such as birth weight, academic performance, teen pregnancy and family income level.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:09:45 +0000 Reema Khrais 33015 at http://wunc.org Report Shows Challenges For African-American, Latino Kids 450 Teachers Will Get Bonuses To Share What They Know http://wunc.org/post/450-teachers-will-get-bonuses-share-what-they-know <p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:06:33 +0000 Reema Khrais 32656 at http://wunc.org 450 Teachers Will Get Bonuses To Share What They Know Common Core: 'Disaster' or A Useful Tool? Speaking To Lawmakers http://wunc.org/post/common-core-disaster-or-useful-tool-speaking-lawmakers <div>&nbsp;</div><p></p><div><p>Dozens of parents, teachers and education leaders expressed their strong opposition and support of Common Core Thursday to a group of lawmakers considering whether to repeal or revamp the new educational standards.</p><p>The state adopted the standards in 2010, but they were implemented in public schools last school year. The standards lay out what students need to know and be able to do from kindergarten through high school.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:53:05 +0000 Reema Khrais 32421 at http://wunc.org Common Core: 'Disaster' or A Useful Tool? Speaking To Lawmakers One-Fourth of School Districts Oppose Law Repealing Teacher Tenure http://wunc.org/post/one-fourth-school-districts-oppose-law-repealing-teacher-tenure <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least 28 school districts across the state have voiced opposition to a new law that repeals teacher tenure and replaces it with a plan that rewards the top&nbsp;</span>teachers, according the North Carolina Association of Educators.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cumberland County Schools and </span>Charlotte-Mecklenburg&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">schools are among the latest to reject the law, which is meant to phase out tenure for all teachers by 2018.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:24:34 +0000 Reema Khrais 31979 at http://wunc.org One-Fourth of School Districts Oppose Law Repealing Teacher Tenure State Testing Change Could Mean More Students Passing http://wunc.org/post/state-testing-change-could-mean-more-students-passing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The State Board of Education voted this week to approve standards that will lower the scores needed to pass end-of-grade and end-of-course exams.</p><p>In an 8-4 vote, the board expanded the number of achievement levels from four to five for this year’s standardized exams. The change will allow school leaders to get a better sense of a student’s level of achievement, said Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:33:46 +0000 Reema Khrais 31651 at http://wunc.org State Testing Change Could Mean More Students Passing Gov. McCrory To Review Law Repealing Teacher Tenure http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-review-law-repealing-teacher-tenure <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat&nbsp;</span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says his staff will consider making changes to a new law that offers raises to top teachers who give up tenure rights.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the law, teacher tenure will be phased out by 2018 and replaced with a plan that requires local school districts to pick the top 25-percent of teachers who will be offered four-year contracts and bonuses.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:35:24 +0000 Reema Khrais 31589 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory To Review Law Repealing Teacher Tenure