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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
5:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Common Core: 'Disaster' or A Useful Tool? Speaking To Lawmakers

About 60 people had the opportunity to share their thoughts on Common Core to lawmakers during Thursday's legislative meeting.
Credit Reema Khrais

 

Dozens of parents, teachers and education leaders expressed their strong opposition and support of Common Core Thursday to a group of lawmakers considering whether to repeal or revamp the new educational standards.

The state adopted the standards in 2010, but they were implemented in public schools last school year. The standards lay out what students need to know and be able to do from kindergarten through high school.

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Education
11:42 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Snow Days Impact Low-Income Families Even After Storm Is Over

Urban Ministries of Durham's food pantry, which serves community members in need, tends to face extra demand after storms such as last week's.
Credit Reema Khrais / WUNC

Thousands of North Carolina students are back in school after last week’s winter storm. But for many, the effects of the snow aren’t quite over. For low-income families, three to four days off of school can disrupt a tight budget, especially when their children rely on free or reduced lunches. 

Joyce Beavers, 32, takes care of four children who are all under the age of twelve. When she’s not at home, she works as a nurse’s aid making $7.25 an hour. She says she brings in less than $15-thousand dollars a year, and her husband is unemployed.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Some Schools Still Closed From Winter Storm, Officials Plan Make Up Days

Several state school districts canceled classes because of snow and ice accumulation.
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With many schools across eastern and central North Carolina still closed this morning, school officials say they are working to ensure students make up the appropriate number of days.

Each school year, most districts build in additional days in case of closings due to inclement weather.

Jeff Nash, a spokesman for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system, says his district designated eight days that could be used to make up time.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Teachers React To State Of Education

  In the wake of the most recent General Assembly session, some teachers across the state are expressing concern about policies that affect the classroom, like voucher programs and budgetary restraints.

Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Reporter Dave Dewitt; Wilmington Star-News education reporter Pressley Baird; and Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The State Of Teaching In North Carolina

Wake County school bus
Credit Dave DeWitt

Sweeping reforms in education laws this year angered many teachers.

Hundreds protested the lack of a pay increase, the elimination of tenure and the end of the master’s degree supplement. For the more than 95,000 teachers across the state, the day-to-day challenges in the classroom continue.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Dave DeWitt, WUNC’s Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education reporter, about his latest series on the profession.

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The State of Things
11:08 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Hidden Voices: School to Prison Pipeline

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Zero-tolerance policies and increased police presence in schools are charting a path for students from classrooms to prisons. Minority and low-income students are especially vulnerable.The Hidden Voices project interviewed youth, teachers, lawyers and police officers about the school to prison pipeline. Then they turned those conversations into art in a project called “None of The Above.” The onstage production takes place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

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Education
2:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

State School Board Gives Final Approval To New Charter Schools

Credit Dave DeWitt / WUNC

The State Board of Education has given final approval to 23 charter schools to open this fall.

Last year, 63 applicants began the process of applying to start a charter school, with an eye toward opening this fall. Twenty-five made it to this final round.

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