SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
School Year Begins, But Districts Are Short On Teachers (WUNC-FM) — Hundreds of thousands of North Carolina public school students return to the classroom Monday. But many districts are still scrambling to find teachers for them. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district is among many districts seeing an increase in the number of open teaching positions.
Group supporting teacher assistants urges General Assembly to provide funding (Fayetteville Observer) — Time is running out. That’s the message educators had for state lawmakers Sunday afternoon at a press conference in downtown Fayetteville.
Schools to open with budget questions remaining (Wilmington Star-News) — State legislators are still squabbling over how to spend the $21.735 billion overall budget figure they only agreed on last week.
Governor thanks teachers as most students return to school (AP) – In a campaign-style video, Gov. Pat McCrory is thanking teachers for their hard work as students on a traditional calendar return to school.
McCrory Welcome Message to N.C. Teachers (McCrory Video) – Gov. Pat McCrory’ campaign video message to North Carolina teachers.
N.C. teacher pay remains in the basement (WRAL-TV) — Despite an effort to raise starting salaries, North Carolina is expected to remain in the bottom 10 states nationally in average teacher pay, according to a report released Wednesday. The National Education Association estimates the average salary for a North Carolina public school teacher in the 2014-15 school year at $47,783, which ranks 42nd nationally. In the 2013-14 school year, the state average was $44,990, or 47th nationally, according to the NEA.
Teacher turnover rates creeping back up (Wilmington Star-News) — After many years of steadily declining teacher turnover rates in New Hanover County Schools, the rate has begun to inch back up.
Students, parents prepare for changes as new school year begins (WRAL-TV) — Wake County, the largest school system in the state, has implemented some changes that will have a wide-spread impact.
Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids’ tests (AP) — Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to a survey. The Gallup Poll released Sunday found 55 percent opposed linking teacher evaluations to their students’ test scores. Among those with children in public schools opposition was stronger, at 63 percent.
Points Of Brilliance From English 9, English B (EdNC column) — As this state has wrestled with the “war on education” this summer, I have thought about the war for education.
Good Neighbors or Conspirators? (Inside Higher Ed) — Some say it’s bad form for colleges to actively recruit faculty members from neighbor institutions. Antitrust lawsuit alleges that agreement between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill essentially barred Duke from hiring UNC faculty.
University repays VA nearly $150K for benefits’ overpayment (AP) — Elizabeth City State University has repaid the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nearly $150,000 for overpayment of veterans’ benefits after a VA audit found the school miscalculated or incorrectly reported those benefits in more than 100 instances.
Scientists trace autism ‘pathway’ from gene to brain (LA Times) — Most experts agree that a combination of genes and environmental factors are at play. Autism has been linked to air pollution, maternal nutrition, certain pesticides and endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in flame retardants and other products, said Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park. But autism is also thought to be associated with genetic mutations, or errors in DNA.