In what State Highway Patrol troopers called a "freak accident," a large oak tree fell onto the engine compartment of a school bus in Franklin County early Friday.
North Carolina's superintendent of public instruction said Thursday that she's hopeful that state lawmakers will address the issue of teacher pay next year - a day after a new report found that schools are losing teachers while adding more students.
Almost 17,200 additional students packed into North Carolina schools this year while the number of teachers dropped, according to new payroll data, leading to what some say are larger class sizes that inhibit learning.
A panel asked by Gov. Pat McCrory to recommend ways to make North Carolina public schools safer is holding its first meeting Wednesday in downtown Raleigh.
Anne Mayer, a social studies teacher at Sycamore Elementary School in Raleigh, is WRAL's Teacher of the Week.
Natalie Meier, a 5th grade teacher at Corinth-Holders Elementary School in Johnston County, is WRAL's Teacher of the Week.
Amy Miller, a music teacher at Riverwood Elementary School in Clayton, is WRAL's Teacher of the Week.
Danielle Hewitt, a math teacher at East Wake High School, is WRAL's Teacher of the Week.