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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Education
9:33 am
Wed September 26, 2012

CMS Closings Good For Savings, Unclear For Academics

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools offered the first round of data last night on the impact of closing 10 schools last year.  The closures will save the district money, but it's unclear how they've affected academics. 

Two years ago, the CMS board voted to close the schools, saying it would save money and create better learning environments.  Last night, the district provided a whole slew of information to begin to see if that was the case.  Superintendent Heath Morrison pointed out the academic data isn't straight-forward. 

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Education
6:41 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

What It Takes To Open A Charter School

Linda Cruz
Lisa Miller

This is the first in a two-part series that takes a closer look at the charter school movement


Big changes are underway for charter schools in North Carolina.  Last year state lawmakers lifted the 100 school cap.  And now 25 groups are scrambling to open charters in time for next school year.  Seven are in the Charlotte area.  That same law made it easier to close a charter school by requiring they meet certain academic standards.  The state closed one charter this summer and more could close next year.  

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Local News
8:04 am
Wed September 12, 2012

CMS Hires Consultant To Survey Employees About Morale

New Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison has said improving teacher morale is one of his top priorities.  He's hired an outside consultant to survey employees about morale in schools. 


Morrison has gotten an earful about low teacher morale in the district since he arrived.  He's asked teachers to come to town hall meetings to get their perspectives.  Now, he wants all employees to take a survey that attempts to answer these questions. 

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Local News
9:25 am
Tue September 11, 2012

North Carolina Students Will Take New State Tests This Year

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Students across North Carolina already are used to taking standardized state tests at the end of the year to measure their progress.  This school year the state is adding a couple dozen tests to measure how effective teachers are at getting students to learn.

High school students will be tested in 22 areas, many of them new, including Geometry and Chemistry.  Kids in grades four through eight will be tested in social studies as well as science most of those years. 

The state plans to use these tests to track student growth and tie that to teacher evaluations. 

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DNC 2012
4:47 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Charlotte Cleans Up Quickly After The DNC

The intersection of Trade and Tryon around 9 a.m. Friday morning.
Lisa Miller

The arena has emptied out.  Lawmakers, delegates and journalists are on their way home.  By early this morning, uptown Charlotte was pretty much back to normal.


On College Street just before 9 o'clock this morning, everything was open.  Cars were moving through.  There were a few big trucks and people getting on buses to go to the airport.  This was all blocked off just a few hours before.  But things were looking normal.  There just weren't many people around. 

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DNC 2012
7:56 am
Fri September 7, 2012

DNC Is Good For Some Uptown Businesses, Not So Good For Others

Cassie Parsons of Harvest Moon Grill.
Lisa Miller

The Democratic National Convention was promised to be a boon for local businesses.  This week convention goers have been spending money in local restaurants and stores.  But some businesses have made out a lot better than others. 


Harvest Moon Grille specializes in local food, but their clientele this week is mostly from far away. CBS Anchor Bob Schieffer is eating lunch here.  The restaurant's chef and co-owner Cassie Parsons points to another table.


"He read about us in the London Times and he wanted to check us out," she says.  

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Local News
4:35 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Mecklenburg DSS Director Is Fired

DNC 2012
10:55 am
Wed September 5, 2012

President's Speech Moved To Time Warner Arena

Bank of America Stadium had been the planned location for President Obama's speech Thursday. With the threat of rain, the speech has been moved to Time Warner Cable Arena.
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President Barack Obama is no longer planning to deliver his nomination speech to a crowd of more than 65,000 at Bank of America Stadium.  Convention organizers say they're moving the president's speech to Time Warner Cable Arena because of the threat of severe weather. 


“We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday’s proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. 

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DNC 2012
7:57 am
Mon September 3, 2012

To Drink Or Not To Drink At The DNC Media Party?

Two mimes walking on stilts greeted the guests at the front gate.
Tanner Latham

The Democratic National Convention means a lot of speeches.  But it also means a lot of partying as lawmakers and delegates celebrate the nomination of their candidate.  Reporters will have a busy week covering the hubbub.  But this weekend the media got an elaborate party of its own put on by Charlotte's host committee.  In an industry that's squeamish about taking gifts, this is one of the exceptions.  Here's how WFAE's Lisa Miller and Michael Tomsic navigated the ethics of the evening.

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DNC 2012
1:12 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Parking Garages To Accommodate Monthly Parkers During DNC

The DNC will keep many workers away from Uptown.  For those people who can't stay away, parking will be short.  But if you have a monthly parking pass chances are you'll have a space.  

Several parking garages will be closed during the DNC.  Ben Pai wasn't surprised his usual place isn't available.  After all, it's right across the street from Time Warner Arena.  But that's not a problem since his employer Bank of America asked him to work from home.  

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