Lisa Miller


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. 


11:31 am
Wed November 14, 2012

These Days, Kids Get To Grade The Teachers

Teachers regularly evaluate their students.

Now, the tables are turned. Students evaluate their teachers.

Last year was the first in which students throughout North Carolina completed official evaluation forms of their teachers. In fact, evaluations by students in high school, middle school and even elementary school have picked up steam across the country.

The concept is the brainchild of a Harvard professor named Ron Ferguson. In this report, WFAE’s Lisa Miller talks to him about how the surveys work.

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4:05 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Riverkeeper: Coal Ash Pollution Isn't Regulated When It Comes To Seepage

The Catawba Riverkeeper has identified a handful of places where water from Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds are seeping into Mountain Island Lake and Lake Wylie. 

Catawba Riverkeeper Rick Gaskins has found four leaks, or what are called seepages, into the two lakes that provide drinking water to the Charlotte area.  The seepages bubble up from the ground. 

“The ones that are the easiest to spot have generally an orange-ish color to them,” says Gaskins. 

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Election 2012
4:31 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

McCrory Set To Make Transition Announcements

Jack Hawke and Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory says he’s moving quickly in preparations to take over the governor’s office.  He plans to announce his transition team tomorrow. 

North Carolina will soon have a Republican governor and Republican majorities in the state house and senate. 

At a press conference Wednesday, McCrory said he’ll reach out to leaders of both parties. 

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Local And State Elections
12:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCrory Elected NC Governor

Pat McCrory
Credit The Charlotte Observer

The so-called “Charlotte curse” has been broken.  Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is now Governor-Elect McCory. He beat Democrat Walter Dalton tonight.  

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Local News
2:38 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

DSS Director’s Firing Sticks

County Manager Harry Jones has upheld the firing of Mary Wilson, who oversaw Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services.  That comes after an employee panel heard Wilson’s appeal of her termination.  

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9:27 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Morrison Wants To Stop Merger Of Creative Arts Magnets

Heath Morrison

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison wants to halt plans to merge two creative arts magnet schools.  Students at University Park and First Ward elementaries have been in limbo the past two years.  In 2010, the school board voted to close University Park along with ten other schools to save money and, then, merge it with First Ward. 

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9:23 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Child Advocates Upset With How Extra Pre-K Spots Are Funded

Some child advocates are unhappy with Governor Bev Perdue’s decision to add thousands of pre-kindergarten slots because it’s at the expense of other programs that impact children like foster care.  It also transfers money from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

A couple weeks ago, Perdue announced the state was restoring some of the cuts to its pre-kindergarten program.  She planned to shuffle money around to add an extra 6,300 spots.  Groups that work with children applauded the move. 

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10:14 am
Mon October 29, 2012

New CMS Report Cards Get Longer And More Detailed

Charlotte Mecklenburg School parents will be getting their first glimpse at a new report card this week for kindergarten through second grades.  There are some big changes. 

The old report cards were one page.  They focused on reading, writing and math. For example, a section under math graded if a student applies measurement concepts.  But the new report cards go much further. 

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Local News
11:23 am
Fri October 26, 2012

NC Expands Program To Attract Engineers And Scientists To The Classroom

Schools across the country perpetually struggle to find qualified math and science teachers.  North Carolina is doubling one of its programs aimed at luring engineers and scientists into the teaching profession.  

Greg Stolve has been an industrial engineer for the past fifteen years.  But that’s not the career he planned on in college.  He wanted to be a teacher, until an academic advisor told him engineers make more money and finish school faster.  So that’s what he did.  

“Well, honestly, my work in industry has gotten to be not very rewarding,” says Stolve.  

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Election 2012
4:16 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Dalton And McCrory Offer Different Takes On Strengthening Education

Walter Dalton speaks to school children.
Credit Lisa Miller

The two major candidates for governor both stress linking businesses and schools to make sure students graduate with the skills they need to land a job.  Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton also want to strengthen education in the early years.  But they favor different paths to get there.

Campaign season is full of promises even to the smallest constituents.  These Charlotte pre-schoolers have big plans for their futures.  Dalton sits cross-legged among them.  A few of them tell him they want to be Batman and Spiderman.  

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