Lisa Miller

Reporter

Lisa Miller traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE.  She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio.  Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.  She covers several different areas with a focus on education. 

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Local News
10:12 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Mecklenburg Commissioners Quickly Agree On Budget

Mecklenburg County Commissioners quickly agreed on a budget Thursday that does not include a property tax increase. It’s exactly the same as the one the county manager proposed. Most of the commissioners' discussion was about how there wasn’t more discussion. 


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Local News
9:24 am
Thu June 12, 2014

CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises

Teachers and parents attended a public hearing to show their support of a raise for CMS employees paid for by the county.
Lisa Miller WFAE

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. 

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Local News
4:58 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Superintendents Urge Lawmakers To Find Better Way To Fund Raises

Superintendents of Union County Schools (Mary Ellis, left), Gaston County Schools (Jeff Booker), Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (Beverly Emory) and CMS (Heath Morrison, right) say senate's proposal to pay for teacher pay raises could hurt schools.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Several superintendents of North Carolina’s largest school districts worry teacher raises may come at the expense of the classroom.  The State Senate has approved a budget that would raise teacher pay on average 11 percent.  But it would pay for that in part by cutting the number of teacher assistants in half.

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. 

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Local News
10:09 am
Wed June 4, 2014

House Committee Recommends Getting Rid Of Common Core

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North Carolina is one step closer to doing away with the Common Core.  A House Committee approved the measure yesterday.

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. 

“This bill does replace Common Core, but it does not rip the rug out from under us today,” he said.    

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Local News
2:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Today, Cannon Expected In Court To Plead Guilty

Credit Tasnim Shamma

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is scheduled to plead guilty this morning to a federal corruption charge. Documents unsealed Monday revealed some new information in the case against him, such as allegations of a bribe that a strip club owner paid Cannon for help with a zoning matter.

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Local News
1:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Cannon Reaches Deal With Feds

Nov. 2013 file photo.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Update: 5:45 p.m.

WFAE's Lisa Miller and Mark Rumsey discuss Patrick Cannon case.

The following is a transcript of Lisa's Miller's two-way with Mark Rumsey on developments in the Patrick Cannon corruption case:

Mark Rumsey: Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has agreed to plead guilty to one public corruption charge. He’s scheduled to appear in court tomorrow morning.  The Department of Justice says Cannon accepted at least $50,000 in bribes in exchange for political help with real estate deals.  WFAE's Lisa Miller joins me now to discuss how much prison time the former mayor is facing, and new documents that shed more light on the investigation.

Lisa, how long will Cannon spend in prison under the terms of this plea agreement? 

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WFAE Talks
4:54 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

WFAE Talks Climate Change Politics, Teacher Pay Proposal, And 'The MeghaMeter'

WFAE Talks, recorded 05/30/14.

We discuss Ben's 3-part series, North Carolina and Climate Change, and the challenges in reporting this series. We also discuss the North Carolina Senate's teacher pay proposal and its power struggle with Governor McCrory. Plus, a new segment to WFAE Talks this election season...The MeghaMeter (aka Meghan Stubel).

Local News
1:12 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Teachers Would Swap Pay Raise For Tenure Under Senate Plan

North Carolina teachers would receive an average $5,800 raise next year under the Senate’s plan to boost teacher pay. But there’s a trade-off. Teachers must give up tenure to get the raise and to help fund the raises the number of teaching assistants would be cut in half.

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Local News
5:40 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Finished Your Test? Read A Book

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Thousands of students across North Carolina have begun taking standardized end-of-year exams. Those kids who finish early are used to taking a nap or staring blankly into space. But there’s actually another option.  They can pick up a book. 


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WFAE Talks
3:08 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

WFAE Talks Airport Parking, Post-Test Reading, Cyberbullying, NASCAR

The WFAE Talks crew of Greg Collard, Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss the growing frustration of parking at Charlotte's airport. In education, Ben and Lisa envy the option that some students now have after they complete their End-of-Grade tests. Plus, the arrest and news coverage of students accused of cyberbullying on school time. And in sports, the evolution of NASCAR pit crews.

WFAE Talks, recorded 05/23/14

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