7:00 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

NC Lawmakers Push Partisan School Board Elections

Most of North Carolina’s local school boards are elected without any party labels attached to candidate’s names. But state lawmakers are now considering bills that would make elections for five school boards partisan. It’s something of a trend.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Education - CMS And NC


The school year may be coming to an end but education is a never-ending topic. In Charlotte and in the legislature business is pending that will affect the future of education from nearly 20 new charter schools okayed to open in the fall to the future of vouchers for private school tuition. Teacher pay continues to be a topic and the state’s A through F grading system is being debated. We take a look at those and other topics.

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4:53 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Striving For Flexibility, Many College Chemistry Departments Are Changing Requirements

Professor Erland Stevens at Davidson College
Credit Lucy Perkins / WFAE

So you want to go to college and major in chemistry? Didn’t think so. The number of students in the major has never been big at small liberal arts schools. Some schools, like Davidson College, are making it easier to complete a chemistry major to attract more students. 

Davidson professor Erland Stevens is teaching organic chemistry to a group of about 15 students. To an outsider, this class probably doesn’t look any different than it did a year ago – tired students following along as best they can for 8:30 a.m. But, it used to have a different name. In fact, all of Davidson’s chemistry classes have changed names as a part of a big retooling of the chemistry department.

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7:36 am
Thu April 30, 2015

HBCUs Seek To Distinguish Themselves In Competition For Students

WSSU is known for its nursing program. WSSU is now only 72 percent African American.
Lisa Worf WFAE

North Carolina has one of the highest numbers of historically black colleges and universities in the country. Over the past few years many of their enrollment numbers have declined. There are multiple reasons for that. They include tighter requirements on some federal loans, higher admissions standards, and competition from schools that were long closed to African Americans. The history and future of HBCUs are the subject of Thursday's Charlotte Talks.

In this story, WFAE's Lisa Worf looks at how the state’s public and private HBCUs are trying to distinguish themselves.

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4:03 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

CMS Custodians Finalists In National Competition

Pinewood Elementary custodian Barbara Watson is big on hugs and the students love it. She's a finalist for Cintas Corporation's janitor-of-the-year award..
Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

These CMS employees make sure their schools are ready when students arrive; encourage and admonish them as needed; are on the scene during emergencies and help coordinate after-school events. And no, they’re not teachers but the schools’ janitors who are in the running for a national award.

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9:04 am
Fri April 3, 2015

UNC BOG Launches Search To Replace Ross

The Old Well at UNC-Chapel Hill, flagship school of the UNC system.
Credit Kobetsai/Flickr

The search to find a new president of the UNC system is just starting. Members of the board of governors met in Charlotte Thursday to come up with names of people to oversee the search to replace Tom Ross.  The board forced him to leave his job early next year.   

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

College Presidents On The State Of Higher Education In Charlotte

College students.
UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences - OCCS Flickr/

For years, North Carolina was known for its emphasis on higher education but budget cuts by the legislature have called that impression into question. Meanwhile, some look at the cost of college and view it as an overpriced, unsustainable endeavor that doesn’t really prepare graduates for the job market. Clearly, public perception of the value of college has shifted. Area college presidents share their views of the value, challenges and future of higher education.

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5:01 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

House Republicans Want To Quadruple Funds For Vouchers

Republican lawmakers in the North Carolina House want to significantly expand the state’s voucher program for private schools. That’s according to House Speaker Pro-Tem Paul Stam. 

Lawmakers set aside about $10 million in private school tuition this year, but Stam says they’d like to increase that to $40 million to serve more students. 

"The target would be as many as apply, which is currently about 5,000. We hope to get up to 8,000 or 9,000," says Stam. 

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8:07 am
Mon March 23, 2015

UNC Charlotte Program Helps Former Students Graduate

Regina Dudley-Mack takes notes during psychology class. At 41 years of age, Dudley-Mack returned to complete her degree at UNC Charlotte through the school's 49er Finish program.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE


Going back to college after taking several years off can be difficult. Work demands, raising a family or finances can make it challenging. Many schools have programs to reach out to students who left before completing their degrees. At UNC Charlotte the program is called 49er Finish.

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Charlotte Observer
12:44 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Wingate University Names New President

Rhett Brown addresses the crowd at Wingate Unversity after he was named its new president on March 18, 2015.
Wingate University

Wingate University announced on Wednesday that Rhett Brown will be its new president.

Brown is the school’s vice president for student life and enrollment services and a Wingate alumnus from the mid-1980s.

“I am deeply humbled, tremendously excited,” Brown told a gathering at the university Wednesday morning where he was named to the post. “I am honored to have your confidence.”

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