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    NC education jeopardized

    By Kayla Miron Once at the forefront of education in the South, the state of North Carolina has drastically sunk in quality-of-education rankings as it systematically undermines its teachers. With the removal of class size limits, teacher tenure, teaching assistant positions, and teacher raises based on experience or education, NC has created a near-impossible set of conditions under which it expects public school teachers to work. This additional stress on teachers may, if left unchecked, lead to the total demise of public education in NC. “I love North Carolina… and I really like teaching, but I’m not going to lie, it gets harder and harder every year to say ‘Can…

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    Wildcats’ wanderlust leads to international experiences

    By Kayla Miron While most East students report regular feelings of exhaustion, sophomore Adriana Lorenzini and junior Amos Pomp must tackle culture and language gaps in addition to the usual struggles of high school. Instead of taking classes in Chapel Hill, Lorenzini and Pomp are currently studying abroad in Germany and Israel respectively. Lorenzini  left on her 10-month program to Vreden, Germany in early August, hopeful that the experience would help her become a better global citizen. She departed hoping to sharpen her unrefined desire to work in European politics. She also hopes that studying abroad will also allow her better cultural understanding and appreciation. “I’m here in Germany because…

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    Editorial: Partisanship not the path

    By the ECHO Editorial Board We cast our ballots, joining a tradition of democracy, a system founded to provide for the voice of the people, or at least the majority. We campaign, throwing our support behind candidates, parties. Despite President Barack Obama’s election, the result of a democratic process, our Congress is in a gridlock parallel to that of the 1990s, still arguing over the popular mandate. Rather than fulfilling the duties dictated by our founding fathers, to discuss issues of national interest, analyzing varying perspectives, and passing resolutions, our Congress is at a stalemate. The current Congress, with a democratic majority in the Senate and a larger Republican presence…

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    Districts, students discover pitfalls of PowerSchool

    By Corey Risinger As North Carolina transitions to PowerSchool, students, teachers, and district administrators have met similar challenges. The state is by no means the first to implement the program, developed by NY technology company, Pearson School Systems. Rather, PowerSchool boasts the participation of all 50 states and over 65 countries. The program promises greater communication and informational access between teachers, students, and parents. “PowerSchool presents users with a clean interface that is easy to learn and easy to use,” Pearson School Systems explained on their website. “With over a decade of experience as a completely web-based system, PowerSchool stands alone as the deepest and most flexible [program] to meet…

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    NC Legislature dissolves class size requirements

    By Corey Risinger NC Senate Bill 402, signed by Governor McCrory on July 26th, abolishes formal class size maximums and teacher load maximums for high schools in the state. With this recent concern, the ECHO investigated class caps. According to the NC Department of Education, the state currently provides funding for each district to maintain an overall ratio of one teacher per 18 students. But this balance is not mandatory. After the first 40 days of school, a “grace period,” certain class size restrictions kick in. While his law mandates that individual K-3 classes cannot have more than 24 students, or 21 on average, it explicitly states that “grades 4-12…