American Graduate Series

WUNC's American Graduate Project is part of a nationwide public media conversation about the dropout crisis. We'll explore the issue through news reports, call-in programs and a forum produced with UNC-TV. Also as a part of this project we've partnered with the Durham Nativity School and YO: Durham to found the WUNC Youth Radio Club. 

These reports are part of American Graduate-Let’s Make it Happen!- a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and these generous funders:

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    Credit CPB
      Project Funders:

    • GlaxoSmithKline
    • The Goodnight Educational Foundation
    • Joseph M. Bryan Foundation 
    • State Farm
    • The Grable Foundation
    • Farrington Foundation

    More education stories from WUNC


    The State of Things
    11:11 am
    Wed March 6, 2013

    How Charter Schools Are Changing Public Education

    Seventy new charter schools have applied to become part of North Carolina’s growing population of alternative public schools. For the longest time, the number of charter schools in the state was capped at 100, but lawmakers changed that back in 2011.

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    7:08 am
    Thu February 28, 2013

    A (Text) Message 2 Die 4? Educating Young Drivers

    This scene included a staged wreck, first responders, the Jaws of Life and students acting as victims.
    Jeff Tiberii

    On a crisp February afternoon, students watched as a fictitious emergency scene played out at Western Guilford High School. Several hundred students sat in bleachers and watched the staged horror of a car accident in the school parking lot. The program, called “message 2 die 4” was an effort between the school, local law enforcement and some Greensboro businesses. It was designed at educating teen drivers about the dangers of texting while behind the wheel.

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    The State of Things
    11:41 am
    Mon January 28, 2013

    Deborah Hicks Escapes Appalachia, Returns As A Teacher

    The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America

    Deborah Hicks  grew up in an Appalachian paper mill town she hoped to escape. Her education opened doors for her to leave and travel to other parts of a country, but she returned time and again to Appalachia as a teacher. Deborah has dedicated her life to educating those that need her most - focusing on young girls in poor neighborhoods. She is the founder and director of PAGE, Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education, in Madison County.

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    9:50 pm
    Thu January 17, 2013

    Duke Researchers Say Economic Segregation in Schools is Rising

    A Duke University study finds the state's schools are becoming less racially segregated and more economically segregated.

    For decades, race has been the most common measure of school segregation.  But 10 years of observation by some Duke professors shows there is a bigger divide in school populations even if ethnic disparity has leveled off.

    Charles Clotfelter teaches law, economics and public policy at Duke.  His team looked primarily at students getting free lunch and found that some counties handled the divide better than others:

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    9:00 am
    Fri October 19, 2012

    Governor Perdue Increases Funding for Pre-K

    Governor Bev Perdue plans to shift 20 million dollars into funding for the state's pre-kindergarten academic enrichment program.

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    6:10 am
    Wed October 10, 2012

    Raleigh School Closing

    A controversial private school in Raleigh is closing its doors. The Upper Room Christian Academy High School opened in 2001.

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    5:45 pm
    Fri September 28, 2012

    American Graduate & The Monti: Sarah Carucci

    Sara Carucci
    The Monti

    Our series of stories from The Monti concludes today with Sarah Carucci. She now works as a graduation coach at Communities in Schools -- but she got her start in education as a teacher. Her story was recorded in front of an  audience at Motorco in Durham as a part of WUNC's American Graduate collaboration with The Monti.

    5:45 pm
    Thu September 27, 2012

    American Graduate & The Monti: Jonas Monast

    Jonas Monast
    The Monti

    All this week we're featuring stories recorded in front of a live audience about critical moments at school. It's part of our on-going American Graduate project, a public media initiative looking at the drop out crisis and other issues in education. Everybody has a story about a turning point at school -- sometimes it's about a big test or academic triumph -- other times it's about something a little more intimate, like falling in love for the first time. That's the subject of this story from Jonas Monast. It was recorded in front of a live audience at The Monti.

    5:45 pm
    Wed September 26, 2012

    American Graduate & The Monti: Casio Noell

    Casio Noell
    The Monti

    All this week WUNC during All Things Considered we're hearing personal stories about education told live at The Monti. It's a performance storytelling group that hosts events around the Triangle and in Greensboro. As a part of American Graduate Week, we're featuring stories about the drop out crisis -- and other issues with public education. Today the story of Casio Noell -- he spoke to a live audience in Durham.

    5:45 pm
    Tue September 25, 2012

    American Graduate & The Monti: Patty Chase

    Patty Chase

    School can be hard -- and often it's not the academics that makes it so challenging. As a part of our weeklong American Graduate series of stories about education -- we hear from Patty Chase of Durham. In this story told live at The Monti, she remembers one life changing moment from elementary school.