CMS http://wfae.org en Nick de la Canal: From Boxers To Briefcase http://wfae.org/post/nick-de-la-canal-boxers-briefcase <p>Meet Nick de la Canal, WFAE's newsroom intern, whose path to public radio started with a graduation prank that had... unanticipated consequences.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159683299&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:41:42 +0000 Katie Herzog 55342 at http://wfae.org 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 Against The Odds, 5 Young Latinas Graduate High School And 'Circle de Luz' http://wfae.org/post/against-odds-5-young-latinas-graduate-high-school-and-circle-de-luz <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><p>Six years ago, a group of young women were picked to take part in a special program. The girls were all in the seventh grade, all were Latinas, and all were deemed to be at risk of dropping out of school or becoming pregnant. The program is run by a volunteer group called Circle de Luz. And last week the group – and the young women they mentored – had reason to celebrate</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:14:08 +0000 Nick de la Canal 53552 at http://wfae.org Against The Odds, 5 Young Latinas Graduate High School And 'Circle de Luz' County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering http://wfae.org/post/county-budget-and-referendum-pass-amidst-bickering <p>If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay.&nbsp;The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:32:18 +0000 Tom Bullock 53164 at http://wfae.org County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering 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 County Manager Proposes $1.5 Billion Budget - With No Increase In Teacher Pay http://wfae.org/post/county-manager-proposes-15-billion-budget-no-increase-teacher-pay <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio presented her budget to County Commissioners Thursday. Here's a look at what is, and is not in her $1.5 billion proposed budget.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:29:16 +0000 Tom Bullock 51919 at http://wfae.org County Manager Proposes $1.5 Billion Budget - With No Increase In Teacher Pay CMS Asks County For $3.7 Million To Fund Support Positions http://wfae.org/post/cms-asks-county-37-million-fund-support-positions <p></p><p>Teachers get the top-billing in most stories about education budget cuts. But there are a lot of other people who make a school run such as guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers. CMS wants the county to foot the bill to add about forty of these positions next year.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:20:47 +0000 Lisa Miller 51550 at http://wfae.org CMS Asks County For $3.7 Million To Fund Support Positions What's the Likelihood of Teacher Raises This Year? http://wfae.org/post/whats-likelihood-teacher-raises-year <p></p><p align="left">Raising teacher salaries is something Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers have agreed is a priority this year. The plan is to boost base pay to $35,000 over two years for teachers in their first ten years on the job. That amounts to raises of $500 to $4,200.&nbsp; But as legislators begin crafting a budget, they say there may not be enough money to do all of that.&nbsp;</p><p align="left">WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins me now to discuss the likelihood of teacher raises this year.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:39:17 +0000 Lisa Miller & Kevin Kniestedt 50178 at http://wfae.org What's the Likelihood of Teacher Raises This Year? Refusing To Take NC Standardized Tests Can Cost Some Students http://wfae.org/post/refusing-take-nc-standardized-tests-can-cost-some-students <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina school students will have to tackle several hours of standardized tests in a few weeks. State and federal laws mandate that. As the debate over these tests intensifies, many parents wonder if their kids can refuse to take them.&nbsp; The answer is yes, but it may cost them.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:16:01 +0000 Lisa Miller 49987 at http://wfae.org Refusing To Take NC Standardized Tests Can Cost Some Students CMS And Charter Schools http://wfae.org/post/cms-and-charter-schools <p>If you’ve been following public education in recent years, it almost seems as if the system is under siege.&nbsp; That’s certainly the case locally.&nbsp; CMS recently told county commissioners that they would likely lose $80 million to charter schools this year – an amount that cannot be made up with cuts in overhead.&nbsp; And teacher pay continues to be a big issue.&nbsp; We get an update on all this from Superintendent Heath Morrison and state school board member John Tate.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 WFAE 48737 at http://wfae.org CMS And Charter Schools