Local News
3:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Charter School Closing After 20 Days. Cost To State: $285,170

Concrete Roses STEM Academy in East Charlotte will have its last school day on Friday, September 19.
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A Charlotte charter school is closing its doors less than three weeks after opening, leaving 126 students to find a new school.

Parents of students at Concrete Roses STEM Academy got their first hint of trouble earlier this week.

"Everybody got the same call or e-mail that there was an emergency board meeting," says Shirley Brooks.

Her granddaughter, Taylor, is a fourth-grader at the K-12 school, which closes Friday.

"I had no idea that this could happen on a new school like this. I had no idea," Brooks says.

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Public Conversations
7:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The State Of Public Education

As the new school year gets underway, this community forum explored the changing climate for public education in the Charlotte region. Panelists addressed recent moves to raise teacher pay and discussed the future of student achievement standards and Common Core guidelines. The forum also examined the role of charter schools, their successes and challenges to date in the Charlotte area, and the outlook for charter programs.

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Local News
9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Still Reviewing Suspension Policies

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board at its meeting on Sept. 9.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system is still in the process of reviewing its discipline policies to determine why minority students are far more likely to get suspended.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, African-American students are 5.5 times more likely than white students to receive out-of-school suspensions. Hispanic students are 2.6 more likely to get suspended. Students with disabilities also get suspended at a higher rate. 

That’s all according to a report CMS staff and various community agencies presented to the school board in April.

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Local News
8:30 am
Thu September 4, 2014

In-State Students Pay Less Than Half What Their UNC Education Costs

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This week, WFAE has been exploring the cost of the UNC system for in-state students and universities. Wednesday, we explained how the tuition check you pay doesn’t just support you or your child. It also goes to other students in the form of financial aid. 

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Local News
8:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

In UNC System, Where Does Your Tuition Money Go?

This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC system for students and universities. Tuesday, we explained how the state constitution specifies that public higher education should be as free as practicable for North Carolina residents. Today, we explain where the money goes after students and parents write tuition checks. Here's a hint: you don't pay for what you get.

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Local News
8:39 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Is The UNC System 'As Free As Practicable'?

Here's the section from the N.C. constitution in 1868 that describes how much public higher education should cost state residents. The language has been tweaked slightly since then.
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North Carolina’s state constitution says the price of higher education should be free.

Well, sort of: it says the UNC system should be as free as practicable.

That leaves a lot to interpretation. So what does “free as practicable” actually mean for North Carolina residents? This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC System to students and universities.  We'll explain where the money goes when students and parents write that tuition check, and we'll analyze how much it actually costs to educate different students.

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Charlotte Talks
1:22 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

The Cost Of Higher Education

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Among the 16 campuses in the UNC system, tuition and fees for in-state students have nearly doubled in the last decade. WFAE News is exploring the topic all week and we join the effort to find out why college costs so much.  

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Local News
10:13 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Private School Vouchers Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

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A judge has ordered the permanent halt of a program designed to give low-income families taxpayer money to pay for tuition at private schools. Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood cited several examples in ruling that the law is unconstitutional. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller reported on the case during All Things Considered. Here's her conversation with host Mark Rumsey.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

SC On Tight Deadline To Come Up With New K-12 Standards

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Both North and South Carolina are getting ready to rewrite Common Core standards.  South Carolina has already started the process. Teams of educators have until March to come up with new ones.

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Local News
4:51 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Beacon Initiative To Help 14 CMS Schools Devise Turnaround Strategies

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials are working on the latest plan to turnaround fourteen struggling schools.  Actually the way officials tout it, there will be fourteen different strategies, one tailored to each school. 

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