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As college tuition continues to rise, some lawmakers and education advocates are calling on schools to spend more of their tax-exempt endowment funds on scholarships for low-income students. Those with endowments in the billion-dollar level are especially targeted by critics, who accuse school administrators of hoarding the endowment money.

Universtiy of North Carolina at Charlotte campus
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Since the recession, endowments at public and private colleges and universities have bounced back to the tune of more than a half trillion dollars. But that hasn’t stopped increases in tuition at most schools, to the chagrin of some congressional leaders and others who accuse schools of hoarding endowment funds.

Community meeting on magnet school assignment plan
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Charlotte Mecklenburg School board approved a student assignment plan for the district’s magnet programs Wednesday night. The process involved about 18 months of discussions, community meetings and hearings.

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CMS board members heard from residents Tuesday night during the first public hearing on the district’s plan to diversify magnet programs next year. The proposal involves measuring the socio-economic status of students and re-designing the lottery to get into these schools to create a balanced mix of students. WFAE’s Gwendolyn Glenn attended the meeting and talks with All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey.

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Without warning, Minnesota-based Regency Beauty Institute announced on Wednesday that it was permanently closing the doors of all of its 79 campuses, including its schools in Winston-Salem, Durham and Charlotte. 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper told a business lunch in Charlotte Tuesday that the laws and policies of Gov. Pat McCrory and Republicans are damaging the state's reputation. Cooper says he'll work with citizens and business leaders to repair it.

Cooper, currently the state’s attorney general, made his pitch for the governor's job at the Hood Hargett Breakfast Club at the Palm Restaurant, where McCrory spoke last week.

Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College on Friday named veteran community college administrator Kandi Deitemeyer to succeed president Tony Zeiss. Deitemeyer's 24-year career in higher education has included administrative roles at community colleges in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida. 

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Vice President Joe Biden was in Charlotte Monday, not to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but to talk about the importance of community colleges.


Gwendolyn Glenn

Some ambitious goals were set five years ago to help nine struggling schools in west Charlotte. An initiative called Project LIFT was launched. Project LIFT received $55 million in private money to improve the struggling West Charlotte High School and its eight ailing elementary and middle feeder schools.

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Some CMS schools perform extremely well, while others struggle. The same is true with charter schools throughout the Charlotte area. But compared with CMS, charters received a lower rate of As and a higher rate of Fs on this year's school performance grades. 

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