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Mooresville Graded Schools has some big shoes to fill. Its superintendent Mark Edwards announced last week he'll be leaving the district in August for a job at Discovery Education. Edwards has led the district for the past nine years. During that time, Mooresville Graded Schools rose to be one of the top-performing districts in the state, even though it's near the bottom for funding and nearly 40 percent of kids are low-income. Edwards championed a push to digital which earned the district national attention. 

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The number of rapes reported on college campuses is going up. UNC Charlotte has experienced one of the largest jumps, according to the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Research suggests that students of color perform better academically and are disciplined less when they have teachers of color. But there aren’t a lot of teachers of color, especially African-American men. In CMS, just over 5 percent are black men and, nationally, it’s 2 percent. A Charlotte group called Profound Gentlemen is working to strengthen the support system for black male teachers, in hopes of increasing their numbers.

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A controversial bill that would allow charter school operators to take over five low-performing public schools in the state was approved by the full house Thursday. It also now includes some provisions that school districts have been requesting. 

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Three North Carolina historically black colleges and universities are no longer included in Senate legislation that would have reduced student tuition to $500 a semester. HBCUs and their alumni strongly opposed the plan. Sen. Tom Apodaca, announced his decision late Wednesday but it still sparked a lot of discussion on the floor Thursday.


Adjunct Life Difficult Path To Full-time Employment

May 17, 2016
Gwendolyn Glenn

A story at Duke University a couple of months ago caught our attention. Adjunct and non-tenure track faculty voted for union representation. That decision prompted us to look into unionization efforts in academia. 

Our first report focused on colleges’ increasing use of adjuncts, who now represent 50 percent of universities’ faculty. In this story, we learn more about the life of an adjunct and the challenges they face.

Rise In Adjunct Faculty In Higher Education

May 17, 2016

There’s a troubling trend in higher education: colleges’ and universities’ increasing reliance on adjunct faculty – non-tenured, part-time professors. They now make up more than 50 percent of faculties nationwide. Some adjuncts say they’re being exploited and what used to be a prestigious profession has become a part-time gig with no benefits and low pay. We look into what’s happening and how it is affecting higher education and those at the head of the class.

North Carolina public schools have received two sets of instructions regarding transgender students. The state's House Bill 2 says those students must use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate. But recent guidance from the federal government says schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

What is the NC Department of Public Instruction telling school districts to do? "The problem is - what guidance would we give them?" says NC Schools Superintendent June Atkinson. She believes the courts will ultimately rule that students should be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.  WFAE's Mark Rumsey reports.


Gwendolyn Glenn

In the 1970s, 80 percent of college professors were full-time employees, according to the National Education Association. Today, part-time adjunct professors represent more than 50 percent of college faculty, says the American Association of University Professors. 

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Every year universities compete to lure a graduation speaker that will put them in the spotlight. This year Rutgers got President Obama. Johns Hopkins got Spike Lee. And who landed Oprah? Not a big-name school, but Charlotte's own Johnson C. Smith University. She gave a much-anticipated send off to about 300 students on Sunday.

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