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Changes in teacher training proposed

| January 28, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Jane Stencil, News and Observer, January 27, 2015. Major changes could be coming to North Carolina’s public university teacher training programs, which have seen a precipitous drop in students in the past five years. At a daylong summit Tuesday that drew state leaders from all levels of education, seven proposals were unveiled that could […]

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Schools bracing for their report cards

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Mark Binker, WRAL, January 25, 2015. Paula Trantham figures her phone at Millbrook Elementary Magnet School in north Raleigh will be ringing more than usual on Feb. 5, the date when parents and the public first get a look at new A-through-F letter grades for all public schools in the state. The grades are […]

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UNC Chapel Hill faculty angry over Ross ouster

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, January 23, 2015. Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill on Friday expressed anger over the forced departure of UNC system President Tom Ross and worry over the future of public higher education in North Carolina. Tension was high at a packed Faculty Council meeting in Wilson Library as professors openly criticized […]

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Lawsuit by former UNC Chapel Hill students seeks educational reforms

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Julia Sims, WRAL, January 22, 2015. A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday by former student-athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks reforms to ensure other student-athletes get a proper education. The 100-page lawsuit was filed on behalf of former women’s basketball player Rashanda McCants and former football player Devon Ramsay against UNC-Chapel Hill […]

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Appeals court judges ask probing questions about teacher tenure benefit

| January 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Anne Blythe, News and Observer, January 22, 2015. N.C. Appeals Court judges had an array of questions on Thursday for attorneys fighting for and against North Carolina’s teacher-tenure system. But after an hourlong hearing, with many skeptical questions for the three-judge panel, a couple of sweeping questions remained. Will some 56,000 of the 96,000 […]

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Judge orders NC Schools to explain “academic doublespeak”

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Emergy Dalesio, Associated Press, published on, January 20, 2015. The judge overseeing a 20-year-old lawsuit wants to know whether North Carolina officials are trying to define their way out of their duty to educate all of the state’s children. Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to examine whether […]

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UNC board pushing Ross out as system president

| January 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Laura Leslie and Leyla Santiago, WRAL, January 16, 2015. The UNC Board of Governors is forcing President Tom Ross to step down as the leader of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system at the beginning of next year. Board Chairman John Fennebresque said Ross’ age played no role in the push for a […]

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NC switching all high school students to 10-point grading system this fall

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

by T. Keung Hui, News and Observer, January 8, 2015. The State Board of Education voted Thursday to switch all high school students to the new 10-point grading scale this fall, reversing its previous decision to phase in the change during the next three years. Starting with the 2015-16 school year, all high school students, […]

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NC might switch all students to 10 point grading scale in fall

| January 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

by T. Keung Hui, News and Observer, January 4, 2015. Amid lobbying from superintendents and families, state education leaders will consider allowing current high school students to take advantage of a new grading scale that will make it easier to get higher grades. The decision would represent a reversal of the state’s decision to phase […]

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UNC-CH directors give spirited defense of centers

| December 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, December 11, 2014. In a debate that at times veered into testy ideological exchange, UNC-Chapel Hill center directors mounted a vigorous justification of their work Thursday before a UNC Board of Governors panel reviewing more than two dozen centers and institutes. The board working group hosted two days of […]

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