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Protests over Floyd killing go global, as U.S. demonstrations focus on multiple recent victims of alleged lethal police misconduct.

2020Talks - June 1, 2020 


Protests continued over the weekend in police killing of George Floyd, with law enforcement in some cities using force against demonstrators. Former VP Joe Biden urged against violence.

Public News Service - NC: Education

More than 40 North Carolina legislators are cosponsoring a bill to permit school districts to allocate funds with greater flexibility as a result of the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- New legislation seeks to give more flexibility to North Carolina school districts in how they use state funding. More than 60% of the money public schools receive comes from the state, but state Rep. Brandon Lofton, D-Charlotte, said that because of strict rules in the way dollars

Socio-economic factors and family dynamics play a role in whether a child is well-prepared for kindergarten. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- This fall, North Carolina is expanding how teachers gauge children's development during their first few months of school. Advocates say the move could help school principals, superintendents and the state make better decisions about children's strengths, and also where they may ne

Health care and other essential workers are struggling to find child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

RARLEIGH, N.C. -- The issue of child care is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic as essential workers continue to search for options following the closure of schools and child-care centers. Many hospitals have even stepped in to help their employees find child care. Tara Pruett

More than one in four adults ages 20-64 have untreated dental cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CARY, N.C. -- The State Board of Dental Examiners on Thursday is expected to approve a new rule that would loosen restrictions on dental hygienists, allowing them to deliver preventive care to patients without a dentist's oversight. Supporters of the change -- including the director of the North C

Nationwide, the teacher shortage is expected to worsen within the next five years, especially in subjects such as mathematics, science and special education, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina teachers want to see their pay increase, and they are gathering in Raleigh today to demand lawmakers take action before the General Assembly adjourns this year. Mark Jewell is an elementary school teacher in Greensboro and president of the North Carolina Association

By age eight, a child's reading skills can predict future academic and career success. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Education leaders recently gathered in Raleigh to discuss how to help North Carolina's children reach grade-level reading by third grade. Research has shown by the time children are 8 years old, their reading skills can predict future academic achievement. Mary Jones is princ

An aerial view of the new outdoor play space at Combs Elementary in Wake County, N.C. (Will Saunders/Old North Creative)

RALEIGH, N.C. — School administrators at one Wake County elementary school have teamed up with the American Heart Association, the Look for the Good Project and the Online Physical Education Network to transform a little-used blacktop into a brightly colored outdoor learning and play space des

Students and staff of Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy, a charter school in Windsor. The school closed its doors in 2016. (Kashi Bazemore)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A faith group hopes to get people talking about the importance of public schools, as some counties continue to see a rise in charter-school openings and drop in public-school enrollment. The North Carolina Council of Churches is launching a series of public discussions across

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