American Graduate http://wunc.org en North Carolina Senate Approves Bill Repealing Common Core http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-senate-approves-bill-repealing-common-core <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate voted 33-12 on Thursday for a bill that would likely get rid of most – if not all – of the Common Core academic standards.</span></p><p>“It will put these standards in North Carolina’s hands,” said Republican Senator Jerry Tillman.</p><p>The House and Senate chambers approved separate bills earlier this session that would create commissions to rework the math and language arts standards. The most recent vote was on a compromise bill that closely resembles the Senate version.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:58:58 +0000 Reema Khrais 38766 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Senate Approves Bill Repealing Common Core Lawmakers Agree On Lottery, Still Divided On Teacher Pay http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-agree-lottery-still-divided-teacher-pay <p></p><p></p><p>Republican lawmakers have been moving slowly on state budget negotiations. They finally reached a compromise Wednesday on how much revenue they will rely on from the state lottery. But that came after hours of finger-pointing and debate over other education issues, including teacher pay.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:35:50 +0000 Reema Khrais 38718 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers Agree On Lottery, Still Divided On Teacher Pay 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 Beat Making Lab: Behind-The-Scenes Blog http://wunc.org/post/beat-making-lab-behind-scenes-blog <p></p><p><a href="http://www.beatmakinglab.com/learn-more/">Beat Making Lab</a> is a project where where music artists (producers and emcees)&nbsp; travel around the world teaching young people to make hip hop and electronic beats. It's run by <a href="http://piercefreelon.com/">Pierce Freelon</a> and Stephen Levitin aka <a href="http://www.applejuicekid.com/applejuicekid/HOME.html">The Apple Juice Kid</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:08:35 +0000 Carol Jackson & Ryan Levin 38533 at http://wunc.org Beat Making Lab: Behind-The-Scenes Blog Listen: Teen DJ Remembers Gabriel Garcia Marquez http://wunc.org/post/listen-teen-dj-remembers-gabriel-garcia-marquez <p>Chapel Hill, NC teenager Jennah Jones is also known as DJ Twice. She's part of a project in which teens listen to NPR news stories and and create alternate versions, with original hip hop soundtracks.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157693276&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:04:49 +0000 Carol Jackson 38548 at http://wunc.org Listen: Teen DJ Remembers Gabriel Garcia Marquez House, Senate Leaders Agree On Bill To Repeal Common Core http://wunc.org/post/house-senate-leaders-agree-bill-repeal-common-core <p></p><p>House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bill that could replace parts – if not all – of the Common Core academic standards in North Carolina.</p><p>The two chambers drafted separate bills earlier this session that would create commissions to review the English and Math standards. The House bill recommended flat out replacing the standards, while the Senate legislation left open the possibility that parts of Common Core could continue.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:39:12 +0000 Reema Khrais 38387 at http://wunc.org House, Senate Leaders Agree On Bill To Repeal Common Core Senate Ad Attacks Tillis on State's Education Spending http://wunc.org/post/senate-ad-attacks-tillis-states-education-spending <p>House Speaker Thom Tillis is the target of a new ad that criticizes the state legislature’s cuts to education.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate Majority PAC spent $800,000 on the ad in support of U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in her bid for re-election against her Republican rival. &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:50:40 +0000 Reema Khrais 38206 at http://wunc.org Senate Ad Attacks Tillis on State's Education Spending UPDATE: After Shutdown Order, Carrboro Charter School Allowed To Stay Open http://wunc.org/post/update-after-shutdown-order-carrboro-charter-school-allowed-stay-open <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials have agreed to grant a three-year renewal to PACE Academy’s charter, months after the State Board of Education voted to terminate the </span>Carrboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> school’s charter.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:13:23 +0000 Reema Khrais 38073 at http://wunc.org UPDATE: After Shutdown Order, Carrboro Charter School Allowed To Stay Open Teen Reporters: 8 Essential Summer Jams http://wunc.org/post/teen-reporters-8-essential-summer-jams <p></p><p>WUNC is working with several teen reporters this summer. The young people are <a href="http://wunc.org/post/wunc-welcomes-six-teen-reporters">learning Journalism 101</a> from seasoned NPR and WUNC reporters.</p><p>On their first day on the job, we asked each reporter to recommend a song. The idea is to pull together a fun 2014 summer playlist for you.</p><p>Here are the recommendations.</p><p>Jamayah Parrish: "Pumped up Kicks" by Foster the People:</p><p>http://youtu.be/SDTZ7iX4vTQ</p><p>Thar Thwai: "Stay High" by Tove Lo</p><p>http://youtu.be/oh2LWWORoiM</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:04:49 +0000 Carol Jackson & Lauren Spohrer 37921 at http://wunc.org Teen Reporters: 8 Essential Summer Jams Gov. McCrory And NC House Leaders Try To Speed Up Budget Talks With Education Plan http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-and-nc-house-leaders-try-speed-budget-talks-education-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State House Republicans are teaming up with Governor Pat McCrory to help speed up slow budget talks. Legislators are supposed to make adjustments to the two-year state budget by July </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but progress has been sluggish. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Representatives say they want to at least pass a scaled-down spending plan that focuses on teacher pay. It would give teachers an average five-percent raise without relying on funds from the lottery.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:39:56 +0000 Reema Khrais 37947 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory And NC House Leaders Try To Speed Up Budget Talks With Education Plan