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WUNC's education coverage is led by reporters Dave Dewitt and Reema Khrais. Dewitt has been with the station since 2003. Khrais is focused on Education Policy Reporting. Browse recent stories here.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Left Off The Path: Latinos And High School Graduation

The General Assembly is unlikely to alter the policy that undocumented students must pay out-of-state tuition.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Educators don’t often get a chance to celebrate publicly, so it was understandable when State Superintendent June Atkinson stood up at a news conference last fall and bragged a little about North Carolina’s 80 percent high school graduation rate.

“This is excellent news for our state and one more step toward ensuring that all of our students graduate from high school career, college, and citizenship ready,” said Atkinson.

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Education
4:10 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Chapel Hill Charter School Runs Into More Problems

A controversial charter school that was approved to open its doors in Chapel Hill this fall has hit a road block. The managing company that was supposed to run the day-to-day operations of the Howard and Lillian Lee Charter School has pulled out.

National Heritage Academies, Inc. runs more than 70 charter schools across the country, including six in North Carolina. The Lee School would have been number seven, but NHA has backed out of the project.

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Education
1:07 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Duke, NC State Reverse The 'Rhodes'

NC State students study an array of solar panels on top of the NSF FREEDM Systems Center. Vest Scholarships will go to British graduate students interested in studying energy production among other engineering projects.
Credit Marc Hall / North Carolina State University

Duke and N.C. State Universities are among eight schools in the country now providing scholarships for British students to study engineering in the US.

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Education
1:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Sequester Hits Durham Schools

Eric Becoats, Superintendent Durham Public Schools
Credit Dave DeWitt

Local school districts are bracing for funding cuts due to the federal sequestration. In Durham, the cuts from sequestration could be as much as $1.7 million. In Wake County - a much larger district - the same sequester cuts would total about $11 million.

And it's the most vulnerable students who will be affected.

"Most of the items that would be impacted would be some title one funding," said Eric Becoats, Durham's superintendent. "We would also expect to see some decreases in our exceptional children's funding that we receive from the federal government as well."

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

How Charter Schools Are Changing Public Education

A panel of experts discuss 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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Education
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
10:59 am
Wed January 30, 2013

What To Expect From The General Assembly

Big changes are coming during this year's legislative session. Republican leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory are expected to push legislation that would significantly alter policies in education, energy, governmental regulations and health care, among others. Host Frank Stasio previews the session with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones.

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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
Credit ucpress.edu

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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