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Scholarship program proposed for future teachers

| April 18, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Lynn Bonner, Charlotte Observer, April 18, 2015. State House education leaders want to find a way to attract high school students and working professionals to teaching careers at a time when interest in the profession is dropping. They are proposing, in House Bill 661, to offer scholarships of up to $8,500 a year to […]

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Manning asks State about proposed k-12 testing revamp

| April 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Dan Way, Carolina Journal, April 10, 2015. A State Board of Education task force may scrap longstanding end-of-grade tests for a system of interim assessments designed to provide more reliable and immediate data to identify students who need help in core subject areas. “Essentially the current testing model is a very effective system for […]

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If students can’t do college work, counties would pay in proposed legislation

| April 1, 2015 | 3 Comments

by Julie Ball, Asheville Citizen-Times, March 31, 2015. Proposed legislation in the North Carolina Senate would shift the cost of remediation classes at community colleges to the counties where the students who need them graduated from high school. The bill, which was introduced last week, would leave counties on the hook to pay those costs […]

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Education administrators, governor differ on how to spend money

| March 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Adam Owen, WRAL, March 19, 2015. At a conference Thursday for school administrators in Raleigh, the Gov. Pat McCrory commiserated with those looking for greater investment in public schools, reiterating his plan to expand education spending in the state. “We have a lot of work to do, and I understand that, and I am listening […]

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Wake County wants charter school and calendar flexibility

| March 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

by T. Keung Hui, News and Observer, March 1, 2015. As leaders of North Carolina’s largest school system, Wake County school leaders hope this year to convince state legislators to let them operate their own charter schools and set their own school calendars. Wake school leaders say they want to operate schools with the same […]

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Which NC teachers should be paid more?

| March 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Julie Ball, Asheville Citizen-Times, March 2, 2015. School districts across North Carolina have submitted plans to the General Assembly regarding teacher pay and which teachers should receive more money. State lawmakers intended to create pilot programs to test some of the plans. But some districts, in submitting their plans, raised concerns about the effectiveness […]

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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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