Schools en Union County, School Board Finally Agree With Some Help <p>Union County and its school board have tentatively agreed on a budget this year.&nbsp; That may not seem like a big deal, but last year a budget dispute between the two led to a court battle.&nbsp; A new local law may have helped them reach consensus faster.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Lisa Miller 53138 at NC Test Scores Plummet, But Don't Compare To Past Years <p></p><p>Parents, teachers, and students may be in for a rude awakening next month when they get the scores of standardized tests taken at the end of last year.&nbsp; Less than half of North Carolina students were deemed proficient in most subjects.&nbsp; But that doesn&rsquo;t mean students are necessarily performing any worse.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:32:52 +0000 Lisa Miller 36599 at NC Test Scores Plummet, But Don't Compare To Past Years Legal Fees Mount As Union Co., Union Schools Argue Over $8 Million <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Union County Schools and Union County are having their day in court due to a budget dispute.&nbsp; It’s actually been much more than a day.&nbsp; To be exact, the two sides have been going at it in court for 23 days now and the legal fees are mounting. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:28:30 +0000 Lisa Miller 35584 at Legal Fees Mount As Union Co., Union Schools Argue Over $8 Million Charlotte Schools Put The Press On Dads To Help <p>Schools often try to get parents more involved in their children’s education.&nbsp; Mothers tend to be the ones who heed the call.&nbsp; For whatever reason, you don’t see many fathers around school.&nbsp; Across the country, there are efforts to change that.&nbsp;</p><p>Advocates say a father’s presence helps convince kids school is important and makes sure they keep to the straight and narrow.&nbsp; A few schools around Charlotte have begun recruiting dads to help out at school.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:25:19 +0000 Lisa Miller 35236 at Charlotte Schools Put The Press On Dads To Help NC Schools Having Trouble Producing Up-To-Date Transcripts <p>North Carolina school districts are using a new software called PowerSchool to do everything from scheduling classes to tracking students' grades.&nbsp; But it’s had a rough start.&nbsp; The latest glitch is that schools can’t produce up-to-date transcripts for students applying to college.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:39:44 +0000 Lisa Miller 35061 at Technology In The Classroom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As technology becomes fully integrated in classrooms, students aren’t the only ones learning. Teachers must operate computers, a variety of applications and other electronic devices while also catering their lesson plans to these technologies. A growing number of schools provide students with laptops or tablet computers and some Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are even encouraging students to bring devices to school through a Bring Your Own Technology initiative. A 2010 analysis by the U.S. Department of Education concluded that students whose higher educations' blend online and face-to-face interactions outperform others, but how does this apply to grade school students? What are parents and students saying? We’ll discuss the costs, the risks, and the increasingly digital world of learning when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30614 at Technology In The Classroom Union Schools And County Budget Dispute Comes To Mediation And Lawsuit <p>Relations between school districts and counties can get tense during budget season.&nbsp; But it’s way beyond that in Union County.&nbsp; The school board has brought in a mediator and the county has sued the school district for financial information.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:36:40 +0000 Lisa Miller 30304 at Mecklenburg Not Part Of Bill To Allow Counties To Own Schools <p>Most of the state’s counties, including Mecklenburg, are no longer included in a bill that would give counties the authority to build, own, and maintain schools.&nbsp; The bill passed out of a senate committee Wednesday, only giving nine counties the option to take over ownership of schools from local school districts.&nbsp; Those counties include Rowan, Wake and Harnett.</p><p>Senator Ron Rabin of Harnett County said county commissions are more equipped to handle business deals.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:23:15 +0000 Lisa Miller 27357 at CMS: Back To School <p>The buses have been making their trial runs around the city, hundreds of new teachers have been hired, the pencils, paper and notebooks have been purchased. That's right, it's back to school time at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools! We'll hear from a trio of journalists about the issues facing CMS as we head into the first day of school next week. Join us for a conversation about the leadership of new Superintendent Heath Morrison, the reaction to test scores around the district and how school officials are planning to improve them, and much more.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Charlotte Talks 3349 at CMS: Back To School Entering Middle School <p>It’s no secret that something changes when kids enter Middle School. Developmentally, emotionally and socially, middle school is where some kids really struggle, and the changes in their bodies and socially can affect their grades, their relationships with friends and with their parents. We’ll be joined by a panel of experts who have been helping middle schoolers - &nbsp;and their parents - navigate the waters of middle school, and hear from you, too, when Charlotte Talks.</p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charlotte Talks 2159 at Entering Middle School