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
5:20 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

High-End Student Housing Headed To University Area

A rendering of Arcadia's clubhouse.
Credit arcadiastudentliving.com

Some new housing is popping up in the university area of Charlotte.  It’s geared to students.  So you might think cheap rent, cramped kitchens, shared bathrooms, and dreary stairwells.  And you’d be so wrong. 


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Local News
1:26 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Teachers Group Supports A 'Walk-In' Instead of A Walk-Out

Rumblings of a teacher walk-out on November 4th have been popping up on social media for the past few weeks.  But that’s now been replaced with what organizers are calling a “walk-in.”  

Many teachers are frustrated with state lawmakers.  Teacher pay has stayed pretty much the same for the past five years, except for a one percent raise last year.  This year the legislature eliminated tenure and a salary boost for master’s degrees.  Add to that an increase in testing and momentum was building for a walk-out on November 4th. 

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Local News
9:46 am
Wed October 23, 2013

CMS Rolls Out Plans For Several New Programs, Magnets Next Year

Hundreds of Charlotte Mecklenburg School students could have more schools to choose from next year.  They include classes on college campuses and another Montessori magnet.  Tuesday night, CMS officials rolled out plans for the new programs.   


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Local News
9:38 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Twelve CMS School Board Candidates Compete For Five District Seats

Five CMS district seats are up for grabs this election.  Current board members say they’ve seen the board through difficult financial times and are eager to forge ahead with a new superintendent. Their challengers say there’s room for improvement.  WFAE together with MeckEd will hold a public forum with eleven of the candidates this Thursday evening. The moderator of the event is WFAE’s Lisa Miller. She joins Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt for a preview. 

KK:  So one big difference from the last election is we have a different superintendent. 

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Local News
9:32 am
Tue October 22, 2013

In Search Of Developer To Make Bojangles’ Coliseum An Amateur Sports Center

The City of Charlotte has put out a call for proposals to redevelop Bojangles’ Coliseum into an amateur sports center.  The city has agreed to pay $25 million to upgrade the coliseum and buy land beside the property for parking. 

The city is looking for a private developer to build a 150-room hotel and a sports facility that includes at least eight basketball courts that can be adapted to other uses. 

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Local News
9:27 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Union County Appeals $91 Million School Verdict

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The dispute between Union County and its schools is not finished.  Union County commissioners have decided to appeal the jury’s verdict that the county owes the district $91 million. 


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Local News
9:24 am
Tue October 15, 2013

CMS To Weigh Late Schedules, But Long Days Likely To Stay

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools start and end times have made for some heated debate since the district added 45 minutes to the elementary school day.  Superintendent Heath Morrison says he’s not willing to shorten the day by much.

Two years ago, CMS officials lengthened the school day for elementary students to seven hours and pushed dismissals at many schools to 4:15.  With those adjustments one bus could serve more schools. 

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Local News
7:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Jury Decides Union County Owes Its Schools $91 Million

Union County Courthouse
Credit Jimmy Wayne / Flickr

Union County Public Schools has scored a victory.  After a two-month long trial, a jury has decided Union County owes the district a whopping $91 million. 

“To be perfectly honest, I’m in awe and humbled at the number,” says school board chairman Richard Yercheck. 

“I think whoever tells you they’re not surprised at a verdict of $91 million would be lying to you,” says attorney Richard Schwartz who represented the district.

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Local News
9:23 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Districts Find Way To Serve Home School Students - And Get State Funding

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School districts in North Carolina are feeling the squeeze. They continue to lose students and money to charter schools and then there are all the home school students out there.  At least a couple of local school districts are finding ways to lure those students back into the public school fold and get some money for them too. 


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Local News
5:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

$10 Million Donation Will Reopen Head Start Preschools

Eight preschools in York and neighboring counties are among several pre-school centers across the country that will reopen Wednesday after a couple in Texas picked up the federal government’s $10 million tab. 

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