Renee Schoof

Rep. Ellmers weighs campaign to take on Sen. Hagan

Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers is mulling a bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014, but has some obstacles to consider: a competitive primary field, attacks on her record and a so-far meager campaign war chest. | 05/10/13 16:06:58 By - By Renee Schoof

Washington looks for ways to ease student loan debt

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday suggested possible ways to make private student loans more affordable and easier to refinance. | 05/08/13 18:19:00 By - By Renee Schoof

Some remedial math classes unnecessary at community colleges, study says

Many students are sent to remedial math classes at community colleges to learn high school math they won’t need in their first-year programs anyway, according to new research on what it takes to be successful in community college. | 05/07/13 14:56:07 By - By Renee Schoof

Loan program change leads to enrollment drops at historically black colleges

A change in federal education loan policies has left many students at some of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities struggling to fill a gap in their financial aid and forcing hundreds to leave school. | 05/02/13 18:09:44 By - By Renee Schoof

N.C. Rep. George Holding finding his way and not afraid to say ‘no’

George Holding promised voters he’d go to Washington to cut spending, and four months into the job, he hears pitches for what sound like good programs. | 04/25/13 18:08:31 By - By Renee Schoof

Hagan, Burr offer no new statements on why they voted as they did on gun legislation

Many U.S. senators are known for talking a lot whenever the opportunity arises, but North Carolina Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr seemed to use the fewest possible words to explain why they voted as they did this week on a handful of gun control proposals. | 04/18/13 19:36:00 By - By Renee Schoof

New guidelines for science teachers stress depth over rote

A new set of goals unveiled Tuesday for what all American students should know about science could change the way it is taught, from kindergarten through high school. | 04/09/13 18:53:32 By - By Renee Schoof

N.C. charter school oversight plan does not include ‘best practices,’ expert says

A national organization devoted to oversight of charter schools says North Carolina is missing an opportunity by proposing to set up a new charter school commission without insisting that it follow best practices. | 04/05/13 16:14:21 By - By Renee Schoof

Math problems are a problem for job-seekers, employers say

Before job-seekers fill out an application for work making foam products for the aerospace industry at General Plastics Manufacturing Co. in Tacoma, Wash., they have to take a math test. | 04/03/13 14:56:35 By - By Renee Schoof

College affordability is a struggle as state aid drops, tuition rises

Making college more affordable to more people continues to be elusive, and the recent recession hasn’t made it any easier. States have cut their support for public colleges and universities – deeply, in some cases – and schools have raised tuition as a result. For high school seniors waiting for admissions decisions this spring, the recession’s impact might mean fewer acceptances, in some cases, and higher costs for many who do get in, according to a study on the impact of state education cuts. | 03/26/13 16:36:18 By - By Renee Schoof

Find college loans confusing? CollegeAbacus.com may help

Some groups concerned about improving access to college brainstormed and came up with CollegeAbacus.com, a website that allows students to type in information about their financial aid awards for a clearer explanation of what their costs will be. Those with money offers from more than one school may use the website for easier comparisons. And it’s all free. | 03/26/13 16:33:21 By - By Renee Schoof

Congress takes a pass – so far – on college sports scandals

Several groups have been tapping on the door of Congress lately with a request for oversight into the often opaque, big-money world of college sports. | 03/18/13 16:28:36 By - By Renee Schoof and Dan Kane

Hagan plans bill that would encourage failing schools to improve

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., on Wednesday said that she’ll introduce a bill in Congress next week that would reward high-poverty schools that improve their test scores and lower dropout rates. | 02/20/13 16:51:23 By - By Renee Schoof

Rich-poor spending gap on schools hurts kids, report says

America is failing too many of its children in public schools because it doesn’t spread the opportunity for a good education fairly to all, according to a report for the government released Tuesday. | 02/19/13 18:47:17 By - By Renee Schoof

Obama honors North Carolina man who helps disabled veterans

Michael Dorman of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., greeted President Barack Obama with a hearty swing of a handshake Friday at the White House as he received a Presidential Citizens Medal for his volunteer group’s work to renovate houses for disabled veterans. | 02/15/13 16:37:36 By - By Renee Schoof

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