Durham Public Schools in North Carolina has opened five school-based health clinics to support the whole child. The clinics -- located in five elementary schools -- offer services, including checkups, vaccinations and screenings for hearing, vision, disabilities and depression to district students up to age 18 and their siblings.
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.
For the third year, families of students attending Camelot Academy in Durham, N.C., will host Chinese students and teachers as part of a summer cultural exchange. During the two-week visit, the Chinese teachers -- who also are the trip chaperones -- will provide language lessons to Camelot students, and the Chinese students will get the chance to immerse themselves in the daily life of an American family.
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.
Durham, N.C., teachers are invited to participate in the Take One! program during their third year of teaching. The program allows teachers to complete some of the work they must do to become a National Board Certified Teacher. Educators who participate receive a support network, and the district hopes to have 100 teachers complete Take One! projects this school year, officials said. The district seeks to increase the percentage of National Board Certified Teachers in the district from 8.5% to 10%.