Education

Local News
10:37 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

McCrory Pledges $4,200 Raises Over Two Years For Beginning Teachers

A class at Piney Grove Elementary in Charlotte.
Credit Lisa Miller

Beginning teachers in North Carolina could receive a $4,200 pay raise over the next two years under the plan announced Monday by Governor Pat McCrory. Senate and House leaders say they’re behind it. 

Teachers in their first five years receive a base pay of $30,800 dollars, not including local salary supplements. McCrory said that’s too low.    

“That’s not even enough to raise a family or pay off student loans,” said McCrory at a press conference in Guilford County, recorded by WRAL-TV.   

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WFAE Talks
2:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

WFAE Talks: Coal Ash, 3rd-Grade Reading Law Problems, The NC Supreme Court And A New Reporter

The ash pond at Duke Energy's now closed Dan River power plant.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

This week's edition of WFAE Talks has a newby. He's Money & Influence reporter Tom Bullock. Tom sat in for Ben Bradford, who was getting some sleep after a long and busy day of covering the Duke Energy coal ash spill on the Dan River. Tom, Lisa and Greg discuss the spill, the problems and  uncertainty over implementation of North Carolina's third-grade reading law, and high stakes in this year's state Supreme Court election.

WFAE Talks, recorded Thursday, Feb. 6.

Local News
2:26 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

NC Board Of Education Grants Districts Flexibility On Reading Tests

North Carolina school districts can now use reading tests of their own choosing to decide whether a third-grader must go to a summer reading camp or can go on to fourth grade. The State Board of Education approved the districts’ request today. 

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Local News
11:10 am
Thu February 6, 2014

School Districts Want Flexibility With Third Grade Reading Law

The North Carolina Board of Education will vote today on a measure that could ease some of the testing going on under the new third grade reading law. That law requires third-graders not reading at grade level by the end of the year to go to summer reading camps. So far, it’s been rough. Teachers, even lawmakers who voted for the law, admit it needs tweaking. 


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Local News
6:07 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Union County Offers $3 Million To Schools To Avoid Redistricting

Parents protest redistricting plans at a school board meeting in January.
Credit Lisa Miller

Union County Public Schools got word of an unexpected offer last night that could allow the district to avoid a controversial redistricting, at least for now. The county has agreed to give the school district $3 million for mobile classrooms to ease overcrowding. 

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Charlotte Observer
11:49 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Union Schools May Avoid Countywide Redistricting

Union County might be spared a controversial countywide school redistricting plan after all.

School board chair Richard Yercheck said Tuesday morning he expects his group will accept the county commissioners’ surprise $3 million offer to buy 49 mobile units. Commissioners on Monday said they made the offer to eliminate the need for countywide redistricting, and solve an issue that has been tearing the community apart

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

School Digital Conversion

Students work on laptops, part of the digital conversion in the Mooresville Graded School District.
Credit Mooresville Graded School District

Everyone knows that we are living in a digital world but if you visit that average classroom you’ll likely see more pencils, paper, books and chalkboards than monitors or keyboards. There is a school system changing all that and some educators have called them the best school system in America. That school system is right in our backyard. The Mooresville Graded School District introduced a 1 to 1 laptop initiative meaning that every child in their system learns through digital media, from 1st and 2nd graders with digital learning tools to laptops in the hands of every student from 3rd—12th grade. And the results are amazing. We’ll find out how the digital conversion is transforming learning in Mooresville and what the future might be for school kids everywhere.

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Local News
10:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Tough Questions Need Answers Before NC Gives OK To Online Charter Schools

Credit Baddog_ / Flickr

Two virtual charter schools run by for-profit companies are trying to open schools in North Carolina. In the past, the state board of education has refused to consider these schools. But this year the board appointed a group to figure out how to evaluate virtual charters. The group heard from those two companies this week. They say it’s not fair to compare them to brick-and-mortar schools. 


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Education
9:16 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Davidson Elementary Class Trades Chairs For Stability Balls

Students in Mrs.Denise Addison's K-1 class at Davidson Elementary work on iPads and crossword puzzles after reading a book called The Three Wishes.
Tasnim Shamma

Take a group of kindergartners and first graders and let them bounce on exercise balls all day instead of asking them to sit still in their chairs.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, it’s happening at Davidson Elementary. 


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Local News
10:49 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Gov. McCrory Headlines Charlotte School Choice Rally

N.C. Governor Pat McCrory (R) speaking at a school choice rally Thursday at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

Governor Pat McCrory headlined a school choice rally Thursday morning in Charlotte. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the governor used the opportunity to promote his education agenda.

Governor McCrory spoke to a friendly crowd at the Carolinas Aviation Museum ---about 150 people sporting bright orange scarves provided by the organizers. His message was clear: choice makes education stronger.

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