Teaching program grads go unhired
RALEIGH-New college graduates who were enticed into teaching careers by state scholarships and prospects of a pushover job market are now facing closed classroom doors. The most recent graduates of the N.C. Teaching Fellows program are entering a toxic job market but face a deadline for fulfilling the work requirements of the scholarships. Teaching fellows have seven years after graduation to fit in four years of work in North Carolina public schools. If they don't, they must repay the state $6,500 a year for every year they are short of the required post-college teaching service.
With technology, schools go global
JOHNSTON COUNTY — New technologies are rewiring education for students and teachers alike. It’s more than the convenience of new data projectors and e-mail access; in some Johnston classrooms, hardware and software have become a hyperlink to the world. “We branched out of the classroom,” said Charlene Covington, a technology facilitator at Clayton Middle School. “There are really no walls for these classes.”
Police/Fire tuition waivers for community colleges may be saved
RALEIGH-A N.C. House budget proposal brokered late this week brought at least a temporary measure of relief to community college officials and local police and fire chiefs alike. As budget writers in recent weeks have grappled with growing deficits, they had considered axing waivers traditionally given to police, fire, EMS and other service agencies who take continuing education and other training courses at community colleges.
Few states set world-class standards
STANFORD, CA — In this report produced by the Hoover Institute, 2007 test-score information is used to evaluate the rigor of each state’s proficiency standards against the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NC's overall average: D+.