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
5:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

The James K. Polk Site Is Still Open

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You may have heard a few months ago the James K. Polk Historic site in Pineville was closing due to cuts.  Indeed, it is not.

Supporters were so effective at getting the word out about the threatened closures, that the site’s managers worry people are staying away because they assume it got the budget axe. 


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Local News
6:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Union County School Board To Take County Commission To Court

School districts often complain that counties don’t give them enough money.  But Union County School officials are doing more than griping.  They’re taking the Union County commission to court.  

Union County commissioners approved a budget for this year about $8 million short of what the school board says the district needs.  The school board pushed back and the negotiations ended up in mediation.  After a five hour session today, school board chairman Richard Yercheck says the two sides are at an impasse.

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Local News
9:14 am
Wed July 31, 2013

NC Explainer: Education Changes

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WFAE's Marshall Terry, Lisa Miller and Michael Tomsic discuss education changes from the legislative session that recently ended.

North Carolina laws are changing, from what you need to vote, to which clinics can provide abortions, to how teachers keep their jobs. The General Assembly passed many of the new laws last week at the very end of the legislative session. So every day this week, WFAE is examining some of the major changes. We've covered gun legislation and abortion regulations so far. This morning we focus on education.

There were a lot of new education changes that passed either in bills or through the budget. That includes getting rid of teacher tenure and including money for vouchers for kids to attend private schools. But some of those changes shouldn't be a surprise.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Teachers Head to Raleigh To Protest Education Budget

Teachers get ready to depart for Raleigh.
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A bus bound for Raleigh today picked up teachers in Charlotte and Cabarrus County to join the last Moral Monday protest.  They’re upset North Carolina’s education budget doesn’t include pay raises, eliminates tenure, and sets aside money for vouchers to private school. 


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Breaking
2:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

New Plan For Charlotte Airport Moving Swiftly In Raleigh

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee says latest airport measure to create a 'commission' is just an 'authority by another name.'
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If you're having trouble keeping up with the status of the Charlotte airport, you're not alone.  Yet another airport bill now making its way through the state legislature in the final hours of the regular session, which is supposed to end at midnight tonight.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

It's Back To School For Some CMS Students

Druid Hills and four other CMS schools began this week
Lisa Miller

Summer vacation is over for a couple of thousand CMS students.  Kids at four K-8 schools on Charlotte’s west side headed back to school this week.  Bruns Academy, Walter G Byers, Thomasboro, and Druid Hills are the first CMS schools to move to a year-round calendar.  They’re among nine struggling schools in the Project LIFT Zone. 

Druid Hills principal Alison Hiltz says a long summer vacation makes it difficult to catch up students who are behind. 

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Local News
12:18 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Summer School That Goes Beyond The Basics In Project LIFT Schools

Summer school at Ashley Park includes a drum line
Lisa Miller

Summer school brings to mind kids hunched over desks in humid classrooms, trying to make up classes they failed.  It’s not the place to be.  But across the country summer school is undergoing some big changes.  It’s not just for kids who can’t make the grade and it’s supposed to be fun. 

Several CMS schools in the Project LIFT zone have begun to offer a summer program that takes this new approach so that the summer slide doesn’t put at-risk kids further behind. 


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Local News
9:35 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bill Would Eliminate A Tool Neighbors Have To Fight Zoning Changes

Updated 7/26/13: The regulatory bill that lawmakers ended up passing, left out eliminating protest petitions. 

In North Carolina neighbors can oppose development projects that require rezonings by filing something called a protest petition.  That means the rezoning requires a three-fourths vote on the city council, not just a simple majority.  A bill that would eliminate those kinds of petitions has passed the state house. 


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Local News
10:11 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Duke Energy And State Draft Settlement In Coal Ash Lawsuit

Duke Energy has reached a tentative settlement with the state of North Carolina regarding lawsuits over leaks from its coal ash ponds in Asheville and on the Catawba River. 

The company has agreed to pay a $99,112 fine.  The consent order would require the company to determine the cause and the extent of those leaks into groundwater and into Mountain Island Lake, the source of Charlotte’s drinking water supply.  Susan Massengale with the NC Division of Water Quality says the proposed agreement lays out a timeline for Duke to do that. 

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Local News
4:59 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

SC To Expand Online Course Offerings After Lawmakers Lift Credit Cap

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South Carolina students can take online classes offered by the state.  But up until last month, there was a limit to the number.  A new law has lifted that cap, making it easier for students to take classes online that their schools don’t offer. 

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