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
11:29 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Top Students Caught In Immigration Debate Find Spots In Private Colleges

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College is hard for many students and families to afford. But take federal financial aid out of the picture, plus in-state rates for public colleges and paying for school becomes nearly impossible. That’s the challenge for students in North Carolina who are here illegally or have deferred status. Some private colleges in the Charlotte area are reaching out to these students. 


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WFAE Talks
2:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

WFAE Talks Standardized Testing, A Union Co. BOE Surpise, 3rd Party Election Cash, Drones

More changes are coming in regard to how standardized tests are scored.

Union County's school board is accused of sneaking through a controversial redistricting vote.

Third-party election cash is flowing into North Carolina's U.S. Senate race.

Plus, breaking news on drones.

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss all these issue on the latest edition of WFAE Talks.

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Local News
9:59 am
Fri March 7, 2014

NC Board Lowers 'Pass' Score In Response To Reading Law Concerns

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North Carolina students will find it easier this year to pass the state’s standardized tests.  The state board of education decided yesterday to lower the score it would take to be deemed proficient. That means thousands of third-graders will no longer have to attend summer reading camps mandated by the new reading law.

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt in the studio. 

KK: Lisa, why did the state board decide to do this now?

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Local News
9:51 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Sneaky? Union School Board Surprises Public With Redistricing Vote

The Union County school board approved a controversial redistricting Tuesday night to boos and hisses. The crowd was vocal, but not large since the vote came as a complete surprise. 


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Local News
7:45 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Catawba Business Professor Takes On LeBron James Foundation

Pam Thompson's iProm!se bracelet stretches to reveal a message like "Never Give Up."
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What do LeBron James and a business professor at Catawba College have in common? They’re both behind some colorful bracelets with the phrase “I Promise” on them, which led to something of a dispute.      


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Local News
8:44 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Getting Closer To Rules For Online Charters

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Two virtual charter schools run by for-profit companies are trying to open schools in North Carolina. These would be the first online charters in the state.  A group appointed by the state board of education to help recommend rules for these types of schools is wrapping its work up. They completed their discussions this week.


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WFAE Talks
4:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

WFAE Talks Political Coverage (including our newsroom standards), Coal Ash Chronicles, Teacher Pay

This is episode #7 in our new podcast venture. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the North Carolina Supreme Court race and county requests (35) for exemptions to the state's early voting requirements. They also discuss WFAE's election coverage plans and some of the edicts Greg has given staff. Lisa explains what's happening in Raleigh regarding a new pay system for teachers, and Ben gives an update in the coal ash debate.

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Local News
6:43 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Weighing How To Pay Teachers Based On Incentives

North Carolina is trapped between two systems of paying teachers. One is based on experience.  In other words, the longer you work, the more you’re paid.  But the state is moving toward a system that rewards individual performance. 

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Local News
10:57 am
Sat February 22, 2014

NC Community College Students To Have Easier Time Transferring Credits

Community college students will have an easier time transferring to schools within the UNC system, including Chapel HIll.
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Transferring from community college to UNC system schools can be tough, especially since students are never quite sure which credits will transfer. A new agreement between the two systems will give students a better chance of receiving credit for their community college courses.    

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WFAE Talks
12:03 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Tension Builds Over Coal Ash, Reaction To A Cook's Firing, Lyft Expands

This week's topics (in addition to Alpacas): The tension between North Carolina water regulators and environmentalists over coal ash, reaction to news that a cook lost his job for an inappropriate comment to a customer who was Governor McCrory, and Lyft expands beyond Charlotte's center city and begins serving the airport.

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