Education http://wfae.org en Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure http://wfae.org/post/senate-drops-plan-kill-teacher-tenure <p>North Carolina’s teachers will no longer face the choice of getting a pay raise or keeping their tenure.</p><p>Senate budget negotiators Tuesday abandoned their proposal to eliminate tenure in exchange for an 11&nbsp;<!-- TH -->percent pay raise.</p><p>Though major issues remain, the offer removes another obstacle toward adoption of a state spending plan and adjournment of the legislative session.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:14:25 +0000 Jim Morill & Lynn Bonner 54533 at http://wfae.org Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure Building Boom Continues At UNC Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/building-boom-continues-unc-charlotte <p>UNC Charlotte has been on something of a building spree for several years now.&nbsp; That trend will continue with the approval of some renovations and another new dorm.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:33:34 +0000 Lisa Miller 54473 at http://wfae.org Building Boom Continues At UNC Charlotte Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina http://wfae.org/post/lil-abner-education-north-carolina <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Part 1</strong></p><p>Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cpccarts">Li'l&nbsp;Abner</a>. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps <a href="http://lil-abner.com/">cartoon Li'l&nbsp;Abner</a>, which ran from the 1930’s for over 40 years, CPCC’s production has an ironic twist. In the title role is newcomer Zach Teague. Over 50 years ago another unknown, Peter Palmer, got the nod as the Broadway star of Li'l&nbsp;Abner. Both actors join us. Palmer, now in his 80’s is still going strong and Mr. Teague is just starting out. We’ll visit with both actors and learn about the production.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 53586 at http://wfae.org Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina Couple Thousand CMS 3rd Graders Begin Mandatory Reading Camps http://wfae.org/post/couple-thousand-cms-3rd-graders-begin-mandatory-reading-camps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Third graders in North Carolina who aren’t reading at grade level started summer reading camps this week. It’s part of the new third grade reading law. Last year state officials predicted 60 percent of all third-graders would have to enroll in the camps, but in reality,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that number is much lower.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:29:37 +0000 Nick de la Canal 53652 at http://wfae.org Couple Thousand CMS 3rd Graders Begin Mandatory Reading Camps Union County, School Board Finally Agree With Some Help http://wfae.org/post/union-county-school-board-finally-agree-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 http://wfae.org Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate http://wfae.org/post/budgets-passed-haggling-begins-nc-governor-house-and-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:55:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 52878 at http://wfae.org Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises http://wfae.org/post/cms-teachers-parents-urge-commissioners-pay-raises <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mecklenburg County commissioners are weighing whether to give CMS employees a raise out of the county’s pocket be that by paying the district an extra $26.7 million or asking voters to approve a quarter cent sales tax. A few hundred teachers showed up to a public hearing last night to make their case.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:24:26 +0000 Lisa Miller 52743 at http://wfae.org CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises http://wfae.org/post/majority-mecklenburg-commissioners-want-sales-tax-increase-teacher-pay-raises <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners are planning for a November referendum on a proposal that would raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter of a penny to pay for salary supplements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:21:05 +0000 David Perlmutt 52707 at http://wfae.org Majority Of Mecklenburg Commissioners Want Sales Tax Increase For Teacher Pay Raises Superintendents Urge Lawmakers To Find Better Way To Fund Raises http://wfae.org/post/superintendents-urge-lawmakers-find-better-way-fund-raises <p></p><p>Several superintendents of North Carolina’s largest school districts worry teacher raises may come at the expense of the classroom.&nbsp; The State Senate has approved a budget that would raise teacher pay on average 11 percent.&nbsp; But it would pay for that in part by cutting the number of teacher assistants in half.</p><p>Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory said at a press conference today losing those assistants could stall the state’s efforts to make sure kids are reading at grade-level.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:58:31 +0000 Lisa Miller 52302 at http://wfae.org Superintendents Urge Lawmakers To Find Better Way To Fund Raises House Committee Recommends Getting Rid Of Common Core http://wfae.org/post/house-committee-recommends-getting-rid-common-core <p></p><p>North Carolina is one step closer to doing away with the Common Core.&nbsp; A House Committee approved the measure yesterday.</p><p></p><p>The bill’s sponsors worry getting rid of Common Core standards right away would force North Carolina to give back millions in federal grant money. So Representative Bryan Holloway of Stokes County said they chose this route.&nbsp;</p><p>“This bill does replace Common Core, but it does not rip the rug out from under us today,” he said.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:09:07 +0000 Lisa Miller 52265 at http://wfae.org House Committee Recommends Getting Rid Of Common Core