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
9:09 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Police Charge Kids In Attacks On Geese

Kennedy Charter School on Charlotte’s south side has had some vandalism problems lately, mainly smashed in bus windows.  But on Sunday, at least three Canada geese were also injured.  Police have charged two male juveniles with animal cruelty in the attacks and additional charges are expected thanks in part to the maintenance director who acted as the school’s sleuth. 


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Local News
2:46 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Most Of The NC House Supports Bill To Take Politics Out Of Redistricting

More than half of the North Carolina House has signed on to legislation that aims to remove politics from the redistricting process.  Supporters want to get the bill passed, while neither Democrats nor Republicans know who will be in charge when the process starts again in 2020.


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Local News
9:38 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Twenty-Six Revamped Teaching Jobs With Higher Pay Attract 708 Applicants

A classroom at Ashley Park Prek-8, one of four CMS schools hiring for the new positions.
Credit Lisa Miller

Some new kinds of teaching jobs with four CMS schools in west Charlotte have attracted a lot of interest.  The jobs are a blend of mentoring and teaching and they come with a big salary bump. 


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Local News
8:29 am
Mon April 15, 2013

NC Charter School Bill Raises Questions

A charter school bill that would change the oversight of charter schools in North Carolina has raised a lot of questions and speculation.  The bill would appoint a body independent of the state board of education to decide which schools should open and close.  The bill also includes several other changes like doing away with criminal background checks for charter school employees. 

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Local News
9:57 am
Wed April 10, 2013

More Technology, Career Specialization Drive Morrison's CMS Budget Proposal

Heath Morrison.
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison has put a price tag on his vision for the district.  He wants Mecklenburg County and the state to pitch in an extra $27 million next year to help fund new programs and expand others.  Those include bringing more technology to classrooms and creating career and technical specialties at schools.  The plan also calls for 10 new positions to help schools coordinate with companies and groups wanting to help. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller was at last night’s meeting and joins Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen in the studio. 

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Local News
5:42 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Foxx Won't Seek A 3rd Term

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is not running for a third term.

Foxx announced his decision during this interview with WSOC-TV. Foxx says reports that President Obama is considering him as the next Secretary of Transportation has nothing to do with his decision. He said he's been discussing it with his wife for a few months. Foxx said the big reason he’s leaving because he feels he’s accomplished much of what he came into office to do.

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Local News
9:26 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Charter School Bill Passes Senate Committee

A bill that creates a new board to oversee charter schools is moving forward.  The Senate Education Committee approved it Wednesday.    

Senator Jerry Tillman of Randolph County wants to create a new board specifically to monitor charter schools and vet applications for new ones. 

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Local News
9:54 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Bill Would Change Oversight And Application Process Of Charter Schools

North Carolina has 107 charter schools and dozens more are looking to open in the next couple of years.  State lawmakers today are considering a bill that would change the application process and oversight of these schools.     


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Local News
9:32 am
Wed March 27, 2013

More Magnets, K-8 Schools Part Of CMS Building Proposal

CMS proposal for building projects
Credit Lisa Miller

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials are gearing up for a bond referendum this fall.  They laid out a plan Tuesday night to build several new schools throughout the county, including three k-8 schools and a handful of magnets.


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Local News
9:30 am
Wed March 27, 2013

New CMS Security Plan Doesn't Include Fences

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has dropped chain-link fences from its security plan.  Tuesday night, the school board approved a revised plan that totals  $20 million.  It includes adding 4,000 cameras to schools, installing buzzer systems with intercoms on doors, giving schools software that can do instant background checks, and creating IDs for all students and staff.  CMS had to pare its original plan down after Mecklenburg County said it would delay other construction projects.  County commissioners still have to give the district the go ahead to use the bond money. 

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