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
12:36 am
Fri January 10, 2014

More CMS Schools To Give Star Teachers New Duties, Higher Pay

A class at Ashley Park. The school started using the new staffing model this year.
Credit Lisa Miller

Seventeen Charlotte Mecklenburg schools are about to try something different when it comes to staffing.  Schools will pay a handful of the best teachers up to $23,000 extra.  They won’t teach one particular class or grade.  They’ll coach other teachers and pick up lessons around the school. 


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Local News
9:24 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Piedmont Deer To Be Relocated On Cherokee Reservation

A pair of white-tailed deer grazing from a tree.
Credit Raul654 / Wikimedia.org

Several dozen deer are about to swap the Piedmont for Cherokee reservation lands in western North Carolina.  At the request of the tribe, the state and federal government are helping to relocate the deer to grow that area’s deer population. 

               


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Local News
9:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

The Ranks Of NC Unaffiliated Voters Continue To Grow

Like many other states, registering as a Republican or Democrat in North Carolina isn’t as appealing as it used to be.  The number of unaffiliated voters continues to rise.  They now account for 26 percent of the state’s electorate. 


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Local News
3:56 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Utilities Commission Mulls Rate Dip To Offset Consumer Tax Hike

Duke Energy building in Charlotte.
Credit Duke Energy/Flickr

A utility sales tax hike in North Carolina is set to take effect in July.  That means your bill will go up.  But first the utilities commission must decide whether to help offset that increase by decreasing rates.  The state’s consumer advocate wants the commission to do that because taxes are going down for Duke Energy. 


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Education
8:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Districts Work To Identify Top Teachers For Bonuses

Teachers did not get a raise this year, but state lawmakers have set aside bonuses for the top 25 percent of teachers next year.  It’s up to school districts to figure out who those teachers are -- and that’s no easy task. 


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Local News
10:27 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Settlement Looks Unlikely In $91 Million Union County Schools Verdict

Union County Court House
Credit Jimmy Wayne / Flickr

Union County and its school board continue to bicker over funding.  But since October, it’s taken a different tone after a jury ordered Union County to pay the school system $91 million.  Union County commissioners offered a much smaller settlement this month and the school board said, “No, thank you.”


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Local News
11:29 am
Mon December 23, 2013

NC Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.4%

The unemployment rate dropped significantly in November from 8 to 7.4 percent.  The rate has fallen 2 percentage points in the past year and is the lowest it’s been since 2008.  But that’s not all cause for celebration. 

The labor force decreased by about 8,100.  Allan Freyer, an analyst with the N.C. Budget and Tax Center, says the rate dropped so much because many people just became discouraged and stopped looking for work. 

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Local News
5:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

CMS Math, Reading Scores Remain The Same

CMS fourth and eighth graders are performing about the same in math and reading as they were two years ago, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress.  The tests have been given to a sample of students across the country since 2003.  At a time when state tests are drastically changing, these scores provide a way to compare student performance from year to year. 

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Local News
8:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Keeping High School Athletes Honest About Where They Live

Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Playing for a winning high school team can sometimes be irresistible.  In 2007, a Charlotte Observer investigation found several Charlotte Mecklenburg School students lied about their addresses to get on top teams. 

The district declared more than 20 students ineligible to play.  Five high schools had to forfeit their seasons and a handful of coaches resigned or were fired.  CMS tightened its policies around athletic eligibility and tracking it.  Five years later, many of those same procedures are in place and violations are in the single digits.  CMS officials say they’re successful at keeping lying to play sports in check. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins us now in the studio:

Kevin Kniestedt: Good morning, Lisa.


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Local News
4:45 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Court Of Appeals Rules Online Charter's Application Doesn't Stand

The North Carolina Court of Appeals says a group wanting to open an online charter school in the state will have to apply again.  The group backed by the for-profit virtual charter operator K12 argued the state should have allowed it to open last year. 

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