Education

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The News & Observer may have uncovered a new figure in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill academic scandal. News & Observer investigative reporter Dan Kane, who has been digging into the story for more than five years, says new questions have emerged about whether an academic aide with UNC basketball may have been involved.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Kane about the latest. Jonathan Jones, director of the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government...

My Teacher: A Teacher Pushes Her Students To Find A Path

Dec 5, 2016
Picture of Student Emily Spellman and Teacher Brandy Carter in High School Classroom
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WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

My Teacher: Meeting for Coffee

Nov 28, 2016
Picture of Student Alexandra and Teacher Amber Santibanez in a coffee shop
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WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

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Nineteen of the state's lowest-performing schools are getting nearly $40 million in federal grants starting in January to improve student outcomes. Each school will receive between $690,000 and $3.7 million to put towards improvement plans over the next five years.

Amin Drew Law is a Palestinian-American poet and educator based in Washington D.C. In his poem, "The Secret Weapon of Chubby Boys," Amin taps into a classic schoolyard conflict and provides a hilarious and heartwarming solution. On this bonus episode of Stories with a Heartbeat, we reflect on some of the classroom conflicts we covered in season 1 of the podcast. From the first days of elementary to college graduation, we explored the spectrum of friction at school. This week we hear from poet...

Millbrook history teacher Brian Schneiderwind had his AP U.S. History class go classroom to classroom to get their peer preregistered.
Jess Clark / WUNC

About 9 percent of the state's teachers left North Carolina's public schools in the 2015-2016 school year, according to a draft report from the Department of Public Instruction. Teachers with less than three years of experience were more likely to leave the classroom than their more seasoned counterparts.

Millbrook High School students pregistered to vote in their science class.
Jess Clark / WUNC

One of the lesser known provisions of the sweeping 2013 voter ID law ended voter preregistration for 16 and 17-year-olds. Now that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down those 2013 restrictions , preregistration is back, and some North Carolina high schools are taking advantage. In Wake County Schools alone, 3,000 students have already preregistered or registered in school-based registration drives.

Military veterans were among the people most affected by this month's shutdown of ITT Technical Institutes. More than six-thousand former service members were enrolled at the for-profit college chain.

GLOW students Trinity Moore and Deniya Evans reacted to a lip-syncing performance by their teachers.
Jess Clark / WUNC

At GLOW Academy, about 100 rising sixth graders were out to recess during a recent summer bridge camp. The motto on the back of their bright yellow T-shirts leaves no doubt that GLOW is focused on the long game.

Magellan Charter School has one of the highest school performance grades in the state, but it also has a relatively wealthy student population.
Jess Clark / WUNC

In a small patch of pine trees outside Magellan Charter School , a fourth-grade science class is on the hunt for insects, plants and other life. One of the students, Mary Grace, has found a crabapple tree. Her teacher, Sara Dail, points to a small spongy lump poking through the pine straw bed below.

East Chapel Hill High School students
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

The percentage of North Carolina students testing at grade level on state standardized tests moved up last school year. That means fewer schools will be labeled D or F on the school grading system.

Attorney General Roy Cooper's campaign ads attack Governor Pat McCrory's record on education funding.
The Roy Cooper Campaign

Education is shaping up to be the issue in the battle for the governor’s mansion. Weeks after Republican Governor Pat McCrory released his TV ads touting the rise in teacher pay under his leadership, Democratic candidate Roy Cooper released his own TV ads attacking the incumbent governor’s record on education. But how do the claims in Cooper’s TV spots stack up against the facts? Let’s take a look.

Kisha Daniels in Kenya
Kisha Daniels

Kisha Daniels graduated from Skidmore College on a Saturday and started her first master's program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the following Monday. She has not stopped learning since. She picked up three more advanced degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill and has spent time as a teacher, administrator and principal in the Durham public school system. In her new role as director of consulting for Thinking Maps , she applies brain research to classroom learning. Host Frank Stasio...

Homeschooling is becoming more common, and studies suggest that military parents are more likely to homeschool their kids.

Newly hired teachers and staff attend an orientation for Wake County Public Schools. Wake County teachers make more than most teachers in North Carolina.
Jess Clark / WUNC

School districts across the state say they have somewhat fewer teacher vacancies going into this school year than they did in 2015. But many students will still have substitutes for the first weeks of school.

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Wake County school board members have made some creative cuts to fill a $17.5 million budget gap. Board members approved a 2016-2017 operating budget this week that they say manages to avoid any layoffs, but reduces air conditioning usage slightly, cuts the number of days schools are swept and vacuumed and increases class sizes.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

Inmates at the Cumberland County Detention Center can now study for a high school equivalency test while they await release or trial. Major Tandra Adams said the program offers inmates a way to improve their lives while they're incarcerated.

North Carolina State Legislature
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More than half of the state budget is spent on public education. In the latest budget adjustments, state lawmakers approved an average 4.7 percent raise for teachers.

The new center in Tacoma, Washington comes after years of complaints from service members that it’s nearly impossible to find autism therapy for their children.

The University of Southern California is doing something unique -- offering a college degree called an MBV – a Masters of Business for Veterans.

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Stuart Albright

Why do some students succeed while others do not? This question has stumped teachers, school administrators, and education policy professionals who try to stop students from falling through the cracks. 14-year veteran high school teacher Stuart Albright takes a stab at answering this question in his new book, “ A World Beyond Home: The Education Of A Poet, An Athlete, And A New Generation of Students ” (McKinnon Press/2016). Albright traces the stories of two former students who, despite...

My Teacher: The Last Day of School

Jun 10, 2016
Picture of student Jackson and teacher Myles in a math classroom.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

My Teacher: Using Stories to Connect

Jun 7, 2016
Student Patrick and teacher William stand in a biology class.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

Picture of student Ira and teacher Ms. Breeze in front of a brick wall.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom. Today we meet Durham School of the Arts sophomore Ira Ilagan and her biology teacher Kelley Breeze. Ira wanted to talk with Ms. Breeze about a frightening moment that happened earlier this year. Are you a high school student in North Carolina? Are you interested in interviewing one of your teachers? Click here to submit your idea....

Student Ray Starn and teacher Mira Rahili stand in a classroom.
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC’s My Teacher Series is exploring student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and trying to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.
In Durham, North Carolina, Riverside High School junior Ray Starn sat down and interviewed his creative writing teacher Mira Rahili. Ms. Rahili taught Ray first period, freshman year. It was the opening scene to his high school career. And the personal stories Ms. Rahili shared with that class helped Ray connect, have fun,...

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