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
6:32 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

NC Test Scores Plummet, But Don't Compare To Past Years

Parents, teachers, and students may be in for a rude awakening next month when they get the scores of standardized tests taken at the end of last year.  Less than half of North Carolina students were deemed proficient in most subjects.  But that doesn’t mean students are necessarily performing any worse.    

North Carolina students took re-tooled standardized tests at the end of last year.  They’re designed to assess students based on more rigorous standards under the Common Core.  For example, some 8th grade math is now being taught in 6th grade. 

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Local News
5:48 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Partial Shutdown May Force Eight Local Pre-Schools To Close

Eight pre-school centers in York and neighboring counties could close Friday, if the partial government shutdown is not resolved by then. 


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Local News
8:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

North Carolina Looks To Ease Up On Some Standardized Tests

Standardized testing is nothing new in schools, but over the last several years the amount of it has significantly increased as the push for accountability has picked up. 

The state of North Carolina now administers 49 exams to students.  Some people in high positions have joined the backlash against all this testing and now the state is looking at ways to ease up a bit. 

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Local News
9:14 am
Mon September 30, 2013

More Scrutiny On This Year's Third Graders In NC

Fourth graders at Piney Grove Elementary in Charlotte
Credit Lisa Miller

North Carolina third-graders have a big year ahead of them. This is the first year by law third-graders will be held back, if they aren’t reading at grade level.  But it’s not so cut and dry. 

WFAE’s education reporter Lisa Miller joins me now to explain how this will actually work:

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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.

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