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
12:43 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Charter School's Closing Poses Questions, Challenges

Charter schools have changed the landscape of public education in North Carolina.  Charters receive taxpayer money, but have a lot more flexibility than traditional public schools.  There are now 127 charter schools and 26 more are set to open next year – including 11 in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties.  But when charter schools have financial challenges, they can go away very quickly. The recent closing of a charter in Kinston, North Carolina, illustrates that point. WFAE education reporter Lisa Miller took a closer look at that situation to get a better idea of what can happen when a charter shuts down – in this case, after the school year had already started.

WFAE's Lisa Miller discusses the closing of Kinston Charter Academy with Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt.

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Local News
5:28 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Legal Fees Mount As Union Co., Union Schools Argue Over $8 Million

Union County Courthouse
Credit Jimmy Wayne / Flickr

Union County Schools and Union County are having their day in court due to a budget dispute.  It’s actually been much more than a day.  To be exact, the two sides have been going at it in court for 23 days now and the legal fees are mounting.     


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Local News
12:48 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

CMPD Officer Charged With Manslaughter, Due In Court Tuesday

Officer Randall Kerrick
Credit Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter is due in court Tuesday.

Officer Randall Kerrick shot and killed an unarmed man over the weekend. His name was Jonathan Ferrell, and he was 24 years old. He wrecked his car in northeast Charlotte early Saturday morning, and then banged on the door of a home nearby around 2 a.m. The woman living there called the police.

When officers arrived, he ran toward them. Officer Kerrick fired several rounds, killing him.

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Local News
9:25 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Charlotte Schools Put The Press On Dads To Help

Hawk Dads catch up after helping out with carpool lane.
Lisa Miller

Schools often try to get parents more involved in their children’s education.  Mothers tend to be the ones who heed the call.  For whatever reason, you don’t see many fathers around school.  Across the country, there are efforts to change that. 

Advocates say a father’s presence helps convince kids school is important and makes sure they keep to the straight and narrow.  A few schools around Charlotte have begun recruiting dads to help out at school. 


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Local News
1:39 am
Wed September 11, 2013

NC Schools Having Trouble Producing Up-To-Date Transcripts

North Carolina school districts are using a new software called PowerSchool to do everything from scheduling classes to tracking students' grades.  But it’s had a rough start.  The latest glitch is that schools can’t produce up-to-date transcripts for students applying to college. 

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Local News
4:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

170 Groups Want To Open NC Charter Schools In 2015

North Carolina has received notices from 170 groups that want to open charter schools in 2015.  Forty-three of those schools are planned for Mecklenburg and 18 more for neighboring counties.  Two years ago, the state lifted its cap on charter schools.  This year 156 groups said they planned to apply, but only 70 ended up submitting applications and ultimately just 26 were approved.

Local News
4:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

NC School Board Extends Master's Pay Cut-Off; Approves New Charters

Credit Lisa Miller

Teachers in North Carolina now have until May to complete their master’s and still receive a 10 percent pay increase.  State lawmakers eliminated that automatic salary bump starting next school year.  The state board of education Thursday extended the cutoff date from April to May, so that teachers can use the spring semester to complete their degrees. 

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Local News
5:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

McCrory Pushes To Extend Deadline For Teachers To Get Master's Pay Hike

Credit Lisa Miller

Governor Pat McCrory wants to make sure all teachers currently enrolled in master’s programs qualify for the ten percent automatic pay raise that, up until now, has come with the degree.  State lawmakers eliminated the pay bump for advanced degrees this year. Right now teachers have to receive their masters by April 1 to qualify for the higher pay.  McCrory urged the school board to help extend the cutoff date. 

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Local News
2:22 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Rumblings Of Extending Cutoff Date For Master’s Pay

Credit Lisa Miller

Hundreds of teachers in masters programs have a dilemma.  They’ve paid thousands of dollars for courses thinking it will pay off with a 10 percent automatic pay hike.  But North Carolina lawmakers eliminated that this year, so only teachers who get their masters before the cutoff date next year will still get the salary increase. 

Republican Representative Bill Brawley of Matthews said at a Charlotte Observer forum this week he’ll push to extend that cutoff date. 

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Local News
9:51 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Universities Help Teachers Get Masters Before Pay Hike Cut Off

Credit Lisa Miller

Next year North Carolina teachers will no longer get a 10 percent automatic pay hike for earning their master’s degrees.  So the race is on for those teachers in graduate programs right now. Universities are trying to give them every chance to complete their master’s degree before the cutoff date for pay increases next year. 


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