Education

Charlotte Observer
1:21 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises

Dena Diorio
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Mecklenburg County commissioners are planning for a November referendum on a proposal that would raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter of a penny to pay for salary supplements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees.

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Local News
4:58 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Superintendents Urge Lawmakers To Find Better Way To Fund Raises

Superintendents of Union County Schools (Mary Ellis, left), Gaston County Schools (Jeff Booker), Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (Beverly Emory) and CMS (Heath Morrison, right) say senate's proposal to pay for teacher pay raises could hurt schools.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Several superintendents of North Carolina’s largest school districts worry teacher raises may come at the expense of the classroom.  The State Senate has approved a budget that would raise teacher pay on average 11 percent.  But it would pay for that in part by cutting the number of teacher assistants in half.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory said at a press conference today losing those assistants could stall the state’s efforts to make sure kids are reading at grade-level. 

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Local News
10:09 am
Wed June 4, 2014

House Committee Recommends Getting Rid Of Common Core

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North Carolina is one step closer to doing away with the Common Core.  A House Committee approved the measure yesterday.

The bill’s sponsors worry getting rid of Common Core standards right away would force North Carolina to give back millions in federal grant money. So Representative Bryan Holloway of Stokes County said they chose this route. 

“This bill does replace Common Core, but it does not rip the rug out from under us today,” he said.    

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Local News
1:12 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Teachers Would Swap Pay Raise For Tenure Under Senate Plan

North Carolina teachers would receive an average $5,800 raise next year under the Senate’s plan to boost teacher pay. But there’s a trade-off. Teachers must give up tenure to get the raise and to help fund the raises the number of teaching assistants would be cut in half.

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Local News
10:40 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

From Teen To Parent: Program Helps Students Navigate Motherhood

West Charlotte High School senior Christian Jones with her two-year-old, Amari. Christian will graduate from West Charlotte on June 16th.
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High school seniors will don caps and gowns at commencement ceremonies in the next few weeks. For many students, this month has been consumed by finals, Advanced Placement exams, and deciding which college to attend in the fall.  But there are also students who are dealing with the added challenges of pregnancy and motherhood.  WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports on one program that’s helping teen moms in CMS earn their diplomas.


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Local News
5:40 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Finished Your Test? Read A Book

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Thousands of students across North Carolina have begun taking standardized end-of-year exams. Those kids who finish early are used to taking a nap or staring blankly into space. But there’s actually another option.  They can pick up a book. 


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WFAE Talks
3:08 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

WFAE Talks Airport Parking, Post-Test Reading, Cyberbullying, NASCAR

The WFAE Talks crew of Greg Collard, Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss the growing frustration of parking at Charlotte's airport. In education, Ben and Lisa envy the option that some students now have after they complete their End-of-Grade tests. Plus, the arrest and news coverage of students accused of cyberbullying on school time. And in sports, the evolution of NASCAR pit crews.

WFAE Talks, recorded 05/23/14

Local News
10:20 am
Fri May 23, 2014

CMS Asks County For $3.7 Million To Fund Support Positions

Michael Morton (right) is the counselor at Winding Springs Elementary.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Teachers get the top-billing in most stories about education budget cuts. But there are a lot of other people who make a school run such as guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers. CMS wants the county to foot the bill to add about forty of these positions next year.


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Local News
6:45 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Teacher Pay, Coal Ash, Film Incentives On General Assembly Docket

Lawmakers will return to the state capitol in Raleigh for the General Assembly's short session.
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Lawmakers are back in Raleigh today for the start of the General Assembly’s short session. And they’re not letting the short time frame keep them from tackling major changes. Republican leaders are considering more tax cuts, how to boost teacher pay, handle coal ash, whether to continue incentives for film, and much more. WFAE’s Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss what to expect. 


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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

One Rejected Charter Applicant Granted Second Chance

One group whose application to open a charter school in Eastern North Carolina was initially rejected will get a second shot. The state’s charter school advisory council decided Ignite Innovation should advance to the interview round with its proposal for a school in Pitt County in eastern North Carolina.  The group was the only one of 29 previously rejected applicants that the advisory council agreed to give a second chance.   The state board of education last month told the council they needed to give groups a chance to clarify their applications.

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