Education http://wunc.org en Budget Writers Working, But End Not In Sight Yet http://wunc.org/post/budget-writers-working-end-not-sight-yet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Budget writers in the General Assembly are moving forward with their negotiations, but it's still not clear when they might finish putting together a spending plan adjustment for the fiscal year that has already begun.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:08:51 +0000 Jessica Jones & Reema Khrais 38641 at http://wunc.org Budget Writers Working, But End Not In Sight Yet Senate, House Agree On Medicaid Spending In Game-Changing Budget Meeting http://wunc.org/post/senate-house-agree-medicaid-spending-game-changing-budget-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>After weeks of almost no budget talks, state lawmakers finally agreed to break their deadlock. &nbsp;At a public conference committee meeting on Wednesday, they openly negotiated their adjustments to the two-year budget plan and seemingly resolved differences over Medicaid funding.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:06:42 +0000 Reema Khrais 38340 at http://wunc.org Senate, House Agree On Medicaid Spending In Game-Changing Budget Meeting Segregation Again http://wunc.org/post/segregation-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">This year marks the 60th anniversary of&nbsp;</span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><i>Brown V. Board of Education</i></span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ushered in the era of school desegregation.</span></font></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:03:28 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 37976 at http://wunc.org Segregation Again State Lawmakers Begin Budget Negotiations With Looming Deadline http://wunc.org/post/state-lawmakers-begin-budget-negotiations-looming-deadline <p>Senate and House leaders are expected to begin meeting in conference committees this week to make adjustments to the two-year budget plan.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They have until June </span>30<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to resolve differences and send their spending plan to Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:47:32 +0000 Reema Khrais 37868 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Begin Budget Negotiations With Looming Deadline [Multimedia] Outspoken: The State of Teaching in North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/multimedia-outspoken-state-teaching-north-carolina <p>For the past several months, WUNC has been working on a new multimedia project on the state of teaching. A sort of "End-Of-The-School Year" report on education in the state. That report, "<a href="http://features.wunc.org/outspoken" target="_top">Outspoken: The State of Teaching in North Carolina</a>" is out today.&nbsp;</p><p>In it, teachers tell stories that show the complexity of their jobs. Like Chris Reagan, who has had to prepare middle schoolers for both standardized tests... and how to go on a date:</p><p>http://youtu.be/ONKDBxeHLbE</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:41:33 +0000 Eric Mennel 37153 at http://wunc.org [Multimedia] Outspoken: The State of Teaching in North Carolina Chapel Hill Crossing Guard Marks 15th Year On The Corner http://wunc.org/post/chapel-hill-crossing-guard-marks-15th-year-corner <p></p><p>Every weekday, Sim Bowden manages the pedestrians at the intersection outside of Estes Hills Elementary in Chapel Hill. He's there for an hour and fifteen minutes each morning and afternoon, shepherding kids and adults safely across the busy street. Watching him is mesmerizing. His hand is usually in the air -- he waves to everyone, cars, trucks, school buses. And everyone seems to know Sim.</p><p>"Hello, cutie," shouts a mom in a silver SUV.</p><p>Today is the last day of school in Chapel Hill, and it also marks the end of Sim's fifteenth year working this corner.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:51:52 +0000 Carol Jackson 37142 at http://wunc.org Chapel Hill Crossing Guard Marks 15th Year On The Corner Senate Bill Would Require Charter Schools To Disclose Salaries http://wunc.org/post/senate-bill-would-require-charter-schools-disclose-salaries <p></p><p>A Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that makes certain that charter schools are subject to the same public records and open meetings laws as traditional public schools.</p><p>The bill comes at a time when charter schools are thriving in North Carolina - 26 new schools are set to open in the fall.</p><p>Charter schools are run by private nonprofit boards, but get public money from the state.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">For that reason, lawmakers say charter schools should be bound by the same state public record laws as traditional schools. </span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:52:05 +0000 Reema Khrais 37109 at http://wunc.org Senate Bill Would Require Charter Schools To Disclose Salaries NC Moves Closer To Unraveling Common Core Standards http://wunc.org/post/nc-moves-closer-unraveling-common-core-standards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The House passed a bill on Wednesday that moves the state closer to getting rid of the Common Core standards.</p><p>The bill would form a commission to rewrite the standards over the next year, according to legislators, though they could not offer a clear timetable of when they would be implemented in classrooms. They say students would still learn under Common Core until new standards are in place.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 02:18:26 +0000 Reema Khrais 36725 at http://wunc.org NC Moves Closer To Unraveling Common Core Standards NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 2 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-stories-we-re-following-week-monday-june-2 <p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:58:42 +0000 Jorge Valencia & Reema Khrais 36540 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 2 NC Bill Would Trim Funding For School Buses http://wunc.org/post/nc-bill-would-trim-funding-school-buses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers are considering a bill that would reduce funds for school buses over the next five years.&nbsp;</p><p>The House bill would limit the number of spare buses and their replacement parts, while revising the state inspection process for school bus maintenance.</p><p>The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Julia Howard (R-Davie, Forsyth), says the legislation would make school bus operations more efficient, while saving about $19 million in recurring funds over the years.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:32:17 +0000 Reema Khrais 36256 at http://wunc.org NC Bill Would Trim Funding For School Buses