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Education
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Poetic Justice: Graduating High School At 16

Justavis Monique Brooks tells her story about graduating from high school.

This school year, WUNC partnered with the group Sacrificial Poets to host a series after-school programs called Poetic Justice.  They're designed to help under-served youth turn their life-stories into poetry and performance art.

This semester they were at Northern High School in Durham.  That's where poet Kane Smego, a writer and youth leader with Sacrificial Poets, met Justavis Monique Brooks.  The 16-year-old senior graduates from high school today.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Taking Flight For Aviation Jobs Of Tomorrow

Hannah Wade takes control of the FAA-approved flight simulator at the Aviation Academy in High Point.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Across the state thousands of high school students will graduate this weekend. About three dozen are from the Aviation Academy at T.W. Andrews High School in Guilford County. It’s one of only a few such programs in the state preparing young men and women for careers in aeronautics and engineering. And after two classes of students, the program’s graduate rate is perfect. 

  

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Education
7:22 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Tablet Training Underway In Guilford County

Jake Henry is overseeing the table program in Guilford County.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Thirteen thousand students in Guilford County will receive tablets computers when they begin school this fall. Last year the county was awarded a federal “Race to the Top” grant for 30 million dollars. Now one of the largest classroom technology initiatives in US history is underway. 

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

How Will North Carolina Education Change?

A student at McDougle Elementary School.
Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education Reporter Dave Dewitt updates us on education legislation

  A North Carolina House Committee approved yesterday a bill that would provide funding to low income families wanting to go to private or religious schools Host Frank Stasio talks about that and other education-related news with WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education Reporter Dave Dewitt.

Education
5:01 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Tipping Point: Arapahoe Charter, Pamlico Schools, And ‘Choice’ In Rural NC

Arapahoe Charter School in Pamlico County.
Credit Dave DeWitt

This is a story about choice. And it starts in the lunch line at Arapahoe Charter School in Pamlico County when students choose between pizza and french fries.

And while that choice may seem easy to make, the choice to offer it is a little more complicated.

Charter schools aren’t required to offer meals, even to kids who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. But Arapahoe does – and sixty percent of the students here qualify.

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Education
5:26 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Proposed Board Splits Charter Advocates

A bill to create a new Charter School Board has passed the State Senate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Charter schools have been around in North Carolina for about a decade and a half, and for most of that time, the relationship between charters and traditional public schools has alternated between frosty and hostile.

“One of the fundamental reasons for introducing charter schools is to put an element of competition into the education arena and let parents make the choice,” says Baker Mitchell. Mitchell opened his first charter school in 2000 outside of Wilmington and a second six years later; he has a third opening this fall.

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The State of Things
12:52 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Education Power Grab In Wake County

WUNC's education reporter and Raleigh bureau chief Dave Dewitt gives us a legislative update

  County School Boards have long since been in charge of school construction. However, the Senate recently passed a bill that would hand over school construction to county commissioners in 10 North Carolina counties. Many people who oppose the bill argue that county commissioners may have experience building prisons but not schools. This is one bill out of many that have been progressing through the Senate recently.

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Education
4:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Legislators Take Aim At Local School Boards

The General Assembly has targeted Wake and Guilford school boards for electoral changes.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Being on a school board is a little like being the head chef at the local Applebee’s. You don’t get to choose the ingredients and it’s not your recipe, but if someone doesn’t like the Bourbon Street Steak, you’re going to hear about it.

In other words, school boards in North Carolina have relatively little power but plenty of responsibility. And it’s been that way for a long time.

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Education
4:15 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Charter Board Debate Intensifies

The State Senate will debate the Charter Board bill on Tuesday.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The State Senate is scheduled to debate a bill tomorrow that creates a separate board to oversee the growing number of charter schools in North Carolina.

Senate Bill 337 has gone through several revisions since it was introduced by Republican lawmakers two months ago. One of the provisions in an earlier bill, for example, removed the requirement that charter school teachers be college graduates. That requirement has since been re-instated.

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Education
4:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Guilford County Students To Get Tablets

Students in a Guilford County school classroom on computers.
Credit Guilford County Schools

This fall about 13,000 middle school students in the Guilford County Schools district will receive tablets. It’s part of a $30 million Race to the Top grant that Guilford won last year. Administrators and teachers will receive training from a company called Amplify in the coming months. 

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