Education

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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Local News
9:37 am
Wed August 13, 2014

CMS Board Supports Sales Tax, But Feels Left Out Of Process

The CMS school board decided to support the quarter cent sales tax that would mostly go to teacher pay.  But board members made it clear Tuesday night they did not like how it ended up on the ballot. 


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WFAE Talks
4:37 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

WFAE Talks: Art Pope Resignation, Education Funding Changes, Hunger Games, Nick de la Canal

This week, Governor McCrory choked up when he announced the resignation of Budget Director Art Pope. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss Pope's influence in the McCrory administration.

Lisa explains how lawmakers significantly changed how the state decides to fund school system enrollment growth.

Plus, we say goodbye to our summer intern, Nick de la Canal. Nick also talks about his story about unwelcome visitors to the Burke County property where the Hunger Games was filmed.


Local News
4:50 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

State Officials Confirm There Will Be Fewer Teaching Assistants

It’s becoming clear that North Carolina’s state budget is not as advertised by House and Senate leaders. 


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Local News
7:30 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Districts Worry Budget May Mean Fewer Teacher Assistants

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The budget state lawmakers settled on last week looked like it would preserve teacher assistant positions.  But it’s not true, according to some school districts.  Teacher assistants may still be cut.   

Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger praised the budget last week for giving teachers raises and not making cuts to the classroom. 

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Public Conversations
1:23 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

The State Of Public Education

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September is here, and I’ve been hearing those big yellow school buses making their early morning rounds in my neighborhood.

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Local News
5:25 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program

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CMS students won’t be going to the museums this year, at least not on the Arts and Science Council’s dime, and a fund-raising shortfall is the culprit.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

North Carolina Education Update

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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

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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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