Durham (N.C.) Technical Community College has seen retention rates increase since establishing a special course for beginning students. First Year Experience guides students through college culture, curriculum and career options, and teaches study habits and personal improvement.
A North Carolina district's school board has adopted a resolution asking the state legislature to strike down a law that weakens teachers' tenure. Under the measure, school districts are required to offer a quarter of their teachers bonuses and four-year contracts in exchange for giving up tenure. Even as it voices its opposition to the law, the Durham Public Schools Board of Education adopted a procedure to comply with it.
Through the Durham YouthWork Internship Program in North Carolina, high-school students are taking what they've learned in the classroom and applying it to real-world job assignments, such as those offered by Sensus, a company that provides smart electric, water and natural gas meters. Dan Pinney, Sensus' director of engineering for water, gas and street light products, said the program not only inspires students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, but also helps build the pool of potential employees for the future.
Some are crediting a Durham, N.C., teacher's speech about the effect of education budget cuts as making an impact on lawmakers tasked with writing the state's budget. Gina Frutig, who spoke before lawmakers last week, described her experience as a teacher, single mother and recently laid-off teacher. Some lawmakers said Frutig put a face to their budget decisions and made them determined to preserve money in the budget to save teachers' jobs.
The Union Independent School, opening in Durham, N.C., in July, has pledged to hire National Board Certified Teachers. The school will reach out to at-risk students and adopt an approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the "whole child."