Emily Walkenhorst, WRAL NEWS in NC

Emily Walkenhorst

WRAL NEWS in NC

Raleigh, NC, United States

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  • NWA Democrat-Gazette
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Recent articles by Emily:

Getting students back on track from COVID learning loss will take 3 to 4 years, state officials say

Leaders said Monday new teaching strategies are already working, per early test results. → Read More

Wake, Raleigh leaders say major infrastructure investments can't wait

Maintaining Wake County's position as a top economic hub requires big investments in transit, housing and schools, leaders said Thursday. → Read More

NC teachers quitting: Too much stress, not enough appreciation

Teachers who quit their jobs this spring told WRAL News they felt unappreciated and described increasingly negative school environments worsened by the pandemic. → Read More

NC teachers quitting, citing not enough pay, too much stress, unmotivated students

Teachers who quit their jobs this spring told WRAL News they felt unappreciated and described increasingly negative school environments worsened by the pandemic. → Read More

The Leandro case gets its next NC Supreme Court date

The court set Aug. 29 as the date, before any new justices would be seated on the court following 2022 elections. Parties will argue over how and if North Carolina needs to spend $785M more on teaching assistants, special education and more. → Read More

New data: NC students are 2 to 15 months behind academically

The data illustrate just how far from normal a generation of students is compared to the generations who came before them, following pandemic-prompted school closures. → Read More

Wake approves 6 early release days for schools next year

The school board has discouraged the use of early release days in recent years but approved the change to help teachers complete dozens of hours of new state-required training. → Read More

Wake proposing school meal price increase as free meals come to an end

Food service costs are rising, federal pandemic-era adjustments are ending and families may end up paying. → Read More

Wake votes to raise school meal prices, as free meals will end

Food service costs are rising, federal pandemic-era adjustments are ending and families may end up paying. → Read More

NC education board upholds Torchlight Academy charter revocation

The school is just the latest among a handful of charter schools to close or be ordered to close following heightened financial scrutiny from state officials. → Read More

Proposed Wake budget would give $38M more to schools

The Wake County Board of Education plans to vote Tuesday night to ask the county for $56 million more, namely for employees. → Read More

Wake schools panel votes to keep 'Out of Darkness' in Cary High library after parent petition

It's the second such petition, both of which have been rejected, this year. → Read More

NC education officials reject Torchlight Academy's appeal to stay open

The school is just the latest among a handful of charter schools to close or be ordered to close following heightened financial scrutiny from state officials. → Read More

Leandro case judge says NC schools are due $785M but nixes funds transfer to pay for it

Judge Michael Robinson's order issued Tuesday says the state must fund the remainder of the plan, though it doesn't say how. → Read More

Wake schools buy land for high school from Wake Tech for $3.7M

The district has already planned for a new high school in western Wake County but had not purchased land for it yet. → Read More

New contract aims to reduce Wake schools driver's education backlog

The school district is trying to reduce the backlog to the six to eight weeks waiting period that existed prior to the pandemic. → Read More

Starting in 23-24, Durham Public Schools will assign students by region

The new assignment plan, part of the "Growing Together Initiative," will place schools into regions that are demographically comparable in terms of race and socioeconomic status. → Read More

Leandro case filings: Lawmakers say they're now providing a 'sound basic education'

Critics contend their actions still fall billions of dollars short for North Carolina's 1.5 million public schoolchildren and nearly 200,000 public school employees. → Read More

Wake school leaders ask for $56 million budget increase

The Wake County Public School System wants to ask Wake County Commissioners for a $56 million budget increase next year to increase employee pay and to hire more employees. → Read More

English teacher from Guilford County wins NC Teacher of the Year

She knew teaching was her calling when she was 6 years old. → Read More