Education

The State of Things
12:17 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Growing Dissent On Teacher Tenure Law

Teacher
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This week, Cumberland County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems passed measures opposing a new law that eliminates teacher tenure and replaces it with a system that rewards the top 25 percent of teachers. The law addresses the complex and challenging issues of teaching evaluation and teacher pay.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Eric Guckian, senior education advisor to Governor McCrory, and Larry Nilles, an eighth grade social studies teacher and president of Wake North Carolina Association of Educators.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

North Carolina Scores On Civil Rights Education: From "F" To "B" In 2 Years

Members of the North Carolina Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, shown at the Tottle House lunch counter in Atlanta in 1960, sparked sit-ins across the South.
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  North Carolina outperforms most states when it comes to teaching civil rights education to K-12 classrooms, according to a new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project.

The center assigned A-through-F grades to each state based on their education standards and resources available to teachers. North Carolina scored a “B,” a drastic improvement from the “F” it received in a similar report from 2011.

Twenty states received “F’s,” while 14 received “D’s.” The study notes that twelve states require no teaching of the civil rights movement at all.

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Education
2:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Study: Retaining Students Means More Discipline Problems In Other Students

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Middle school students are more likely to face discipline problems when surrounded by large numbers of students who are repeating grades, according to a new study from researchers at Duke University.

The findings explain that suspensions and behavioral problems, including substance abuse, fighting and classroom disruption, escalate among students across the school community as the number of older or retained students increase.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

State Legislators Propose Merit Pay For Teachers

Teachers protest
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WUNC education reporter Reema Khrais discusses State Legislators proposed merit pay models for teachers

A task force created by the legislature last year met earlier this week to discuss incentives for good teaching. Some Republican leaders favor a merit pay system that would reward a limited number of teachers based on their individual performances. But many educators believe this would discourage collaboration within their schools. 

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Education
11:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Leaving Teaching: Two NC Educators, Married, Talk About Why They Quit

Deana and Mark Kahlenberg
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Deana and Mark Kahlenberg teach at the same school: Alderman Road Elementary in Cumberland County. They met there. They both enjoyed teaching for many years - Deana for seven and Mark for eight. And now they are both leaving the school, and leaving the profession. They are in grad school to become speech and language pathologists.

Why did they choose to leave?

Mark: Mostly pay reasons

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Education
8:15 am
Wed February 26, 2014

'16 Years To Reach $40,000 Salary': Considering Pay Incentives For NC Teachers

Teachers protest
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State lawmakers and education leaders are considering paying North Carolina teachers based on their individual performance, despite  concerns from stakeholders who argue it could harmfully affect students and teacher morale.

Republican Senator Jerry Tillman, an education budget writer, is helping lead a newly-formed legislative task force that will develop recommendations for alternative pay plans. Members, whom include legislators and education leaders across the state, must factor in teacher evaluation measures and student performance outcomes.  

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Weather
9:53 am
Thu February 13, 2014

[VIDEO] Best School Closing Announcement Ever In NC?

Michael Ulku-Steiner and Lee Hark announced school closing via Youtube
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The administrators at Durham Academy posted their school closing announcement yesterday via video. We added it to our weather newsfeed/blog, but think it's so good, it deserves its own post.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Republican Leaders Raise Starting Teacher Pay

Gov. McCrory speaks to the Emerging Issues Forum on Monday.
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WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt talks about the future of teacher compensation

After ongoing controversy about educator pay, Governor Pat McCrory announced a plan to increase salaries for new teachers yesterday. Under this plan, the base pay for the state’s beginning teachers will increase to $35,000 over the next two years, bringing North Carolina starting teacher pay in line with that of border states like Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

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The State of Things
10:58 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Meet Diya Abdo

Diya Abdo
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Meet activist and scholar Diya Abdo

 

Growing up as a Palestinian in Jordan, Diya Abdo straddled multiple cultures. Her love of American literature brought her to the United States. 

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Program Highlights The Need For Early Childhood Literacy

The State of Things discusses the importance of early childhood literacy.
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Most people know it's a good idea to read to their children. 

But a program called Reach Out and Read highlights just how early parents should start the practice. Reach Out and Read gets doctors to write reading prescriptions for families in the hopes of helping them jump start their children's chances for literacy.

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