Dave DeWitt

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Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Environment Reporter. 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 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
6:00 am
Wed May 11, 2011

School Board Redistricting Draws Small Crowd

Proposed Wake County Board of Education Districts

  A small group of citizens came to the Wake County School Board’s public hearing last night. They were there to voice concerns over the proposed redistricting process. 

It was a much different scene than in previous public hearings, when hundreds of angry demonstrators descended on the board meetings. Those protests were against the change in the student assignment policy. And while there’s been some disagreement over the process of re-drawing the precinct lines for board elections, it has been drawn nothing close to the level of anger. 

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Education
5:05 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

UNC Civil Rights Center Targets Halifax Schools

Attorneys with the UNC-Chapel Hill Law School’s Center for Civil Rights say the three separate school districts in Halifax County are inherently unequal. 

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Education
6:00 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Thousands Will Graduate This Weekend

Commencement season begins in earnest this weekend, as several area colleges and universities hold graduation. 

UNC - Chapel Hill graduation takes center stage on Sunday morning, as the main university ceremony takes place in Kenan Stadium. Pulitzer Prize-winning entomologist E.O. Wilson will be the commencement speaker.

Education
5:45 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Feds Coming To Wake County

Federal civil rights investigators are in Raleigh tonight to host a public-comment session on possible violations by the Wake County School system. 

The visit is part of the Department of Education’s investigation into the School Board’s abandonment of socio-economic diversity in its student assignment policy. The complaint that launched the investigation was filed by the North Carolina NAACP and other groups.

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Politics & Government
3:11 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Meeker Won't Seek Re-election

Charles Meeker
Credit charlesmeeker.com

  Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will not seek another term in office this fall. He made the announcement earlier today. 

Charles Meeker is known for staying very calm under pressure and not letting his emotions get the best of him. This morning, though, he cracked a little when talking about the success of his pet project - the opening of Fayetteville Street.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Class Gift

High School graduation is right around the corner. Seniors are busy with end of year exams, getting a graduation gown, and getting ready for what comes next.

Nikea Randolph remembers the moment when she decided music was going to be her life. 

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Business & Economy
5:05 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Raleigh Recognized for Green-ness

Raleigh has been named the winner in a national sustainability contest. The city took the top prize in the Siemens Sustainable Community Awards in the mid-size community category.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Tue April 12, 2011

The Civil War, 150 Years Later

150 years ago today shots rang out at Fort Sumter South Carolina, marking the beginning of the Civil War. In Charleston, Re-enactors will play out the day's events. Here in North Carolina, the state office of historical records will re-release documents that tell the story of the state's older confederate soldiers. The "Senior Reserves" were men between 45 and 50 years old who were drafted in the last year of the war.  Also, UNC Chapel Hill is launching a website, Civil War Day-to-Day.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Waiting For Super Geek

Education Value Added Assessment System

This is a period of unrivaled education reform. Charter schools, teacher merit pay, diversity policies - all efforts to improve what many see as a failing public school system. But every effort needs evidence as to whether it is working. Much of it comes from standardized testing. That puts even more emphasis on the most effective way to analyze the growing amount of data. The information is being used in all kinds of ways, from what classes a student takes to teacher merit pay and, in some cases, termination.

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Education
3:01 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Tata: Assignment Plan On Track

Tata
Credit Wake School Choice

Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata says the task force he created to come up with a new student assignment plan is making progress.

Tata re-assigned 6 staff members to work on the plan full-time. He says they are working on specific plans now, checking to see how viable they might be.

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