Education en Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:25:46 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 55878 at Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program North Carolina Education Update <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 55770 at North Carolina Education Update Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>“It’s a simple principle: The public should know where public money is going,” she said.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:50 +0000 Ann Doss Helms 55630 at Cotham: New Senate Bill Shields Salaries Of For-profit Charter School Staff Camps No Longer Mandatory For Struggling 3rd-Graders <p>North Carolina’s third grade reading law gave parents, teachers and students a lot of anxiety this year about the requirements to move on to fourth grade. Summer reading camps for struggling readers were a requirement. But those reading camps are no longer mandatory.&nbsp;</p><p>Thousands of third graders across the state are spending summer days in school getting extra help on reading. A new state law required them to do that because they weren’t reading at grade-level.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:38:22 +0000 Lisa Miller 55222 at As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next In Budget Battle? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina lawmakers are still trying to reach agreement on revisions to the state’s budget, &nbsp;including how much to raise teacher pay and how to fund those increases. As the rhetoric increased last week, budget negotiators in the state Senate walked out of a meeting with House leaders. Gov. McCrory then vowed to veto anything resembling the Senate's latest budget proposal. &nbsp;<br /><br />During an appearance Monday on WFAE's <em><a href="">Charlotte Talks</a>​</em>, McCrory&nbsp;chided Senate leaders for not listening to teachers and other educators including CMS Superintendent &nbsp;Heath Morrison, whom House leaders had invited to address lawmakers. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">M</span>cCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;went on to note that educators were on hand to support the unveiling of the House budget plan, which the governor backs, but were absent when Senators proposed their version of the budget. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WRAL-TV&nbsp;Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie has seen many budget battles in Raleigh and shared some observations on the current negotiations.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:07:40 +0000 Mark Rumsey 54913 at As Statehouse Rhetoric Escalates, What's Next In Budget Battle? Senate Drops Plan To 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 Senate Drops Plan To Kill Teacher Tenure Building Boom Continues At 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 Building Boom Continues At UNC Charlotte Li'l Abner & Education In 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="">Li'l&nbsp;Abner</a>. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps <a href="">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 Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina 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 Couple Thousand CMS 3rd Graders Begin Mandatory Reading Camps 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