Dave DeWitt

Reporter @DaveDeWitt

Dave DeWitt is currently working on the year-long North Carolina Teacher Project. He came to WUNC in 2003 and spent four years on the staff of The State of Things.

He regularly files for NPR’s news magazines as well as Marketplace and Only A Game. He is a graduate of Denison University and formerly worked in college athletics, college admissions, and with the Tar Heel Sports Network. In 2001, he wrote the non-fiction book "True Blue".

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Education
4:10 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

UNC-CH Tuition Hike Clears First Hurdle

A task force at UNC-Chapel Hill has approved sizable tuition hikes.

The Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force voted to raise in-state tuition 16-and-a-half percent and out-of-state tuition 6-and-a-half percent.

Student leaders offered proposals for much smaller increases. UNC-Chapel Hill officials say state budget cuts necessitate large tuition increases to maintain quality.

It's the first step in a months-long process toward possibly increasing tuition at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Education
5:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Helping Wake Parents Choose

Wake County School officials are holding information sessions for parents starting today.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Wake County School officials are holding information sessions for parents starting today. The five events are designed to help families navigate a school choice plan that will take effect next year.

The five information sessions will take place in churches, preschools, and town halls in an attempt to reach out to populations that may not be easily reached otherwise. One of the sessions will be held in Spanish.

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Education
7:40 am
Thu November 10, 2011

UNC System Turns 40

Only five people have ever been the president of the 16-campus UNC system. Tom Ross, Erskine Bowles, Molly Broad, C-D Spangler, and Bill Friday got together last night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the UNC system. It was a night of shared experiences and behind-the-scenes stories. But, the best story of all may be how the system was created in the early 1970s.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Democrats Regain Majority On Wake School Board

Democrats have regained control of the majority on the Wake County School Board.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Democrats have regained control of the majority on the Wake County School Board. Incumbent Kevin Hill defeated Republican Heather Losurdo in a runoff election last night.

Looking worn out and even slightly embarrassed, Kevin Hill greeted supporters last night after the final votes were in.

In the most expensive Wake School Board race in history, Hill defeated Losurdo by just four percentage points. He is the fifth Democrat to win this election season – a strong rebuke of the Republicans who held the majority the last 2 years.

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Education
6:50 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Decision Time In Wake School Board Race

The final seat on the Wake County School Board is up for grabs today. Voters in Wake County’s District 3 will decide between Republican Heather Losurdo and Democrat Kevin Hill.

The runoff campaign has been intense, personal, and expensive. Counting all five school board races and the District 3 runoff, school board candidates have spent around $500,000. Outside interest groups have spent tens of thousands more. Losurdo says these messages are distracting to voters in District 3.

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Arts & Culture
5:20 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Citizen Journalism And The Need To Verify

Researchers at Duke University are making it easier for citizen journalists and traditional media companies to work together.

Many of the stories told during the Arab spring were not coming from traditional media organizations - or professional reporters. They were told in photos and videos captured on smartphones by people in their own neighborhoods.

Landon Cox is a computer scientist at Duke. He and a group of researchers there have come up with YouProve, smartphone software that solves two key problems with citizen journalism.

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Sports
6:00 am
Fri October 28, 2011

UNC Faces The NCAA

UNC-Chapel Hill officials are in Indianapolis this morning. They are there to face the NC-double-A infractions committee over improper activities in the football program.

Chancellor Holden Thorp and outgoing athletic director Dick Baddour hope to convince the committee to accept the punishment the University has already given itself. Those penalties include vacating all wins in the 2008 and 2009 season, losing nine football scholarships and a 50-thousand dollar fine.

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Sports
3:30 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Duke Leads ACC Grad Rates

Duke is leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in a statistic not frequently reported in the sports pages. The Blue Devils topped the league in the percentage of student-athletes who graduated in 6 years.

97 percent of the student-athletes who came to Duke in 2004 graduated by 2010. That ties Boston College for the best rate in the ACC. The NCAA graduation rate does not take into account student-athletes who leave school in good academic standing.

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Education
5:45 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Wake School Board Passes Plan

The Wake County School Board has voted to adopt a new student assignment policy.

The new student assignment policy replaces one that re-assigned thousands of students. It moved some them based on family income, so that no school included too high a percentage of low-income students.

The new policy has no such control. It's a choice plan with four stated pillars - stability, choice, proximity, and student achievement. Opponents of the plan wanted stronger assurances that high-poverty, low-achieving schools would not be created.

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