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Admission officials pressured to admit athletes into graduate programs

| March 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Dan Kane, News and Observer, February 28, 2015. Michael Waddell had a low grade point average, no entrance exam score and was months past the deadline when an athletic official sought to have the football player admitted to UNC’s graduate school in fall 2003. John Blanchard, then a senior associate athletic director, made the […]

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UNC governors vote to close 3 university-based centers

| February 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Andrew Dunn and Jane Stancill, News and Observer, February 27, 2015. As nearby protesters chanted slogans about freedom and democracy, the UNC Board of Governors voted Friday to close three university-based centers as part of a sweeping review of institutes across public campuses in North Carolina. The decision was condemned by faculty members, who […]

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Supreme Court hears arguments for and against vouchers

| February 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Anne Blythe, News and Observer, February 24, 2015. North Carolina Supreme Court justices had numerous questions Tuesday for attorneys arguing for and against the use of public money at private and religious schools. The justices asked about what constituted a “public purpose,” questioned interpretations of the state constitution and its framers’ intentions, and asked […]

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National group joins chorus opposed to closing Poverty Center

| February 25, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, February 24, 2015. The American Association of University Professors has joined a growing chorus calling on the UNC Board of Governors to reject closing a center for the study of poverty at UNC-Chapel Hill. The national association  weighed in Tuesday, saying that a recommendation to abolish the UNC law school’s Center […]

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UNC-CH and Mary Willingham reach tentative settlement

| February 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Dan Kane, News and Observer, February 24, 2015. Mary Willingham and UNC-Chapel Hill have reached a tentative settlement over a lawsuit she filed last summer that contended the university retaliated against her for blowing the whistle on a long-standing academic fraud involving classes that never met. Willingham said the settlement would provide her monetary […]

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Local school districts submit plans for differentiated teacher pay pilot

| February 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch, February 20, 2015. Seventy five of North Carolina’s 115 school districts have submitted teacher compensation proposals to the General Assembly with the hope of participating in a pilot program that would reward highly effective teachers with bonuses. The pilot, “Differentiated Pay for Highly Effective Teachers,” comes at a time […]

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UNC panel recommends eliminating poverty center, two others

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jane Stancil, News and Observer, February 18, 2015. A University of North Carolina Board of Governors panel has recommended the elimination of three university centers, including UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, whose director has been an outspoken critic of the Republican political leadership. At a meeting Wednesday in Chapel Hill, a […]

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Study puts economic impact of NC colleges, universities at $63 billion

| February 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Laura Leslie, WRAL, February 18, 2015. North Carolina’s public and private universities and community colleges add more than $63 billion a year to the state economy, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by Economic Modeling Specialists International found the state’s 110 higher education institutions make up nearly 15 percent of North Carolina’s economic output […]

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NC SPIN episode # 850 – Air Date 2/15/15

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Special edition of NC SPIN taped live at the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s 2015 Eggs & Issues. Public education topics include: Teacher compensation, recruitment and retention, School choice, School performance and the A-F grading system, High Standards and Testing Panelists: Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch John Hood, President, The John Locke […]

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Public school letter grades reflect student family income

| February 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Lynn Bonner and T. Keung Hui, News and Observer, February 5, 2015. The first letter grades for public schools were released Thursday, showing a strong correlation between grades and wealth and immediately adding to a statewide debate about how public schools in North Carolina are educating children. Critics of the grading system said the […]

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