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9:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Reach Elite 8, National Academic Competition

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics team participates in the academic competition of the 2014 National Science Bowl, Sunday, April, 27, 2014, in Washington, DC.
Credit Dennis Brack / U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

A team from Durham's North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics joined 23 other schools over the weekend to compete in the 2014 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.  During the competition, students compete in a fast-paced Jeopardy-like forum. They must quickly solve technical problems and answer questions related to science and mathematics.

Team members include Michael An, Anne Feng, Kavi Jain, Sammy Luo, and Daniel Ren.  Their coach is Leslie Brinson.

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Education
8:45 am
Fri April 25, 2014

NC Lawmakers Propose Repeal Of Common Core Standards

Fourth-grade teacher Rosalyn Bailey explains a math assignment to her students at Hubbard Elementary School in Nash County.
Credit Reema Khrais

State lawmakers say they’re hoping to throw away the Common Core standards and replace them with North Carolina’s own education standards.

In a legislative study committee on Thursday, lawmakers proposed a bill that would create a review commission to rewrite the academics standards by December 2015. 

The Common Core standards, initially adopted by 45 states, set high, rigorous goals for what students across the country should be able to do. Supporters of the national standards say they raise the bar in terms of what students should know – that they’re more rigorous.

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Education
8:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge Halts Law Repealing Teacher Tenure in Durham, Guilford

Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

A Superior Court judge on Wednesday halted a mandate that  requires North Carolina school districts to reward their top teachers with multi-year contracts in exchange for giving up tenure.

Guilford County and Durham Public School leaders filed a lawsuit against the new mandate earlier this year, calling it unconstitutional.  The judge issued a  preliminary injunction, which means the two school systems do not have to follow the mandate while the case is being decided.

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Education
4:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

#TeachingIs: What's Your 6 Word Memoir?

What is teaching to you? Can you say it in 6 words?

We breathe each day to grow.
by Ms Moffett in Room1 at Benchmark school

I’m an educator, not content deliverer.
by Sarah Cacicio

Standardized tests do not define us
by 4th Grade Writing at Little Cypress Intermediate

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Education
9:35 am
Fri April 18, 2014

'Alarming' Number Of Teachers Resigning In Wake County

Married couple Tracy and Britt Morton, both teachers at Apex High School, explain why they are leaving their current teaching positions. They spoke at a Wake County School press conference Thursday.
Credit Reema Khrais

 An alarming number of Wake County teachers have resigned midway through this school year,  according to school officials. More than 600 teachers have left their jobs since July 2013, an increase of 41 percent from last year. Many critics say the current legislative policies and flat pay scale are discouraging teachers from staying the classroom. Listen to the full report below: 

    

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Education
4:08 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Teachers Lash Out At Compensation Task Force Report

State Sen. Jerry Tillman presides over the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Maybe it’s the name. A “Task Force” conjures up an image of a group of people rushing in, grabbing a problem around the neck, and wrestling a solution out of it.

Any notion that that might happen with the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force was doused with cold water by co-chair Rob Bryan when he presented the group’s final report.

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Education
10:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Kids And Testing: Tell Us Your Story

Credit sandersonhs.org

Many children face anxiety about tests. Sometimes, as the End of Grade or End of Class tests loom, that anxiety grows. 

We want to hear from NC parents.

  • What are you seeing at home?
  • Is your child expressing anxiety about the tests?
  • What conversations have you had, or what have you seen?
  • Do you have an interesting plan to help your child through this time?

Tell us your story! (Your response does not mean that we will make your story public.)

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Education
8:35 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Mother, Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Require EpiPens In Schools

EpiPen Auto Injector
Credit Greg Friese via Flickr

 North Carolina lawmakers are reconsidering a bill that could help children with life-threatening food or insect allergies. The act would require each school in North Carolina to store emergency epinephrine  injectors on hand – medicine that many parents and doctors say could help save a child’s life. You can listen to the full report below.

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Education
11:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Will There Be More Pre-K Slots In Wake County Soon?

Wake County schools currently serve more than 2,000 preschool children.
Credit Sarah Gilbert via Flickr

Wake County school officials say they hope to expand pre-kindergarten services by adding more than 200 slots for next school year. 

Superintendent Jim Merrill is asking the Board of Commissioners for $39 million in local funding, with about $1.5 million directed toward hiring more teachers, assistant teachers and special education experts. 

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Education
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Fact Check: Clearing Up 7 Common Core Claims

Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

 The new Common Core standards have been met with growing criticism from many state leaders, teachers and parents. The standards were initially adopted by 45 states and introduced to North Carolina classrooms in 2012. They’re meant to replace a hodgepodge of state standards with one set of clear, consistent goals for what students should learn in Math and English at every grade level.

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