Education

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

North Carolina Education Update

An empty classroom.
Credit Flickr/Seth Sawyers / http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidewalk_flying/4267034867/sizes/l/

The North Carolina General Assembly has had a busy season, and one of the biggest issues of importance has been education. Teacher pay, teacher tenure, the Common Core, rules about charter schools, have all been topics of concern for our state legislature. Closer to home, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is getting ready for the beginning of the school year, dealing with budget, hiring and moving around principals and educators in the system, and all the while facing uncertainty because of what’s happening in Raleigh. We’re joined by two education reporters to get an update on education in our state.

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Charlotte Observer
11:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff

Cotham
Credit N.C. General Assembly

Conflict over disclosure of charter-school salaries flared anew Thursday as House Democrats said a Senate-approved bill shields for-profit management companies from revealing who they hire and how much they pay.

In a Thursday evening news conference, Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, led the call for the public and Gov. Pat McCrory to fight a move that she says blocks accountability and transparency at charter schools, which are run by nonprofit boards and funded with public money.

“It’s a simple principle: The public should know where public money is going,” she said.

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Local News
8:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next in Budget Battle?

Credit NC General Assembly

North Carolina lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on revisions to the state’s budget,  including how much to raise teacher pay and how to fund those increases. As the rhetoric increased last week, budget negotiators in the state Senate walked out of a meeting with House leaders. Gov. McCrory then vowed to veto anything resembling the Senate's latest budget proposal.  

During an appearance Monday on WFAE's Charlotte Talks, McCrory chided Senate leaders for not listening to teachers and other educators including CMS Superintendent  Heath Morrison, whom House leaders had invited to address lawmakers. McCrory went on to note that educators were on hand to support the unveiling of the House budget plan, which the governor backs, but were absent when Senators proposed their version of the budget.   

WRAL-TV Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie has seen many budget battles in Raleigh and shared some observations on the current negotiations.

Analysis of NC budget negotiations.

Charlotte Observer
10:14 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure

N.C. Sen. Jerry W. Tillman, R-Randolph
Credit N.C. General Assembly

North Carolina’s teachers will no longer face the choice of getting a pay raise or keeping their tenure.

Senate budget negotiators Tuesday abandoned their proposal to eliminate tenure in exchange for an 11 

percent pay raise.

Though major issues remain, the offer removes another obstacle toward adoption of a state spending plan and adjournment of the legislative session.

Tenure allows public school teachers due-process hearings but does not prevent low-performing teachers from being fired. As many as 75 

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Local News
4:33 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Building Boom Continues At UNC Charlotte

Dorms being built on UNC Charlotte's campus. (4-30-14)
Credit Courtesy of UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte has been on something of a building spree for several years now.  That trend will continue with the approval of some renovations and another new dorm. 


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina

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Part 1

Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, Li'l Abner. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps cartoon Li'l Abner, which ran from the 1930’s for over 40 years, CPCC’s production has an ironic twist. In the title role is newcomer Zach Teague. Over 50 years ago another unknown, Peter Palmer, got the nod as the Broadway star of Li'l Abner. Both actors join us. Palmer, now in his 80’s is still going strong and Mr. Teague is just starting out. We’ll visit with both actors and learn about the production.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Couple Thousand CMS 3rd Graders Begin Mandatory Reading Camps

Ms. Tyler's summer reading camp at Hidden Valley Elementary School analyzes the book "Miss Nelson is Missing." The class meets six hours a day, four days a week.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Third graders in North Carolina who aren’t reading at grade level started summer reading camps this week. It’s part of the new third grade reading law. Last year state officials predicted 60 percent of all third-graders would have to enroll in the camps, but in reality, that number is much lower.


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Local News
6:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Union County, School Board Finally Agree With Some Help

Union County and its school board have tentatively agreed on a budget this year.  That may not seem like a big deal, but last year a budget dispute between the two led to a court battle.  A new local law may have helped them reach consensus faster. 


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Local News
2:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate

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Governor Pat McCrory, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.

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Local News
9:24 am
Thu June 12, 2014

CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises

Teachers and parents attended a public hearing to show their support of a raise for CMS employees paid for by the county.
Lisa Miller WFAE

Mecklenburg County commissioners are weighing whether to give CMS employees a raise out of the county’s pocket be that by paying the district an extra $26.7 million or asking voters to approve a quarter cent sales tax. A few hundred teachers showed up to a public hearing last night to make their case. 

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