Margaret Spellings, the former secretary of education and current president of the UNC system, has been on the job for two years now. During that time, tuition at three system schools has been reduced to less than $1,000 a semester and there’s still more work to be done to lower the cost of college. On WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Monday morning, Spellings also expressed sympathy for current education secretary Betsy DeVos.
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It was only around 70 years ago that Charlotte had a booming trolley system, with dozens of orange-colored streetcars running up and down the middle of Queens Road, The Plaza, and other surrounding streets and neighborhoods. That is, until the late 1930s came around, and the city dismantled the system, envisioning a future where cars and buses would become the city's primary modes of transportation.