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
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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Local News
12:09 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Union Schools Accused Of Discriminating Against Immigrant Youth

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Union County is one of two North Carolina school districts accused of making it difficult for youth who are in the country illegally to enroll.  The Southern Poverty Law Center along with other groups filed the complaint with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. 


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Local News
12:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Snow Days Mean Shorter Spring Break For Many Students

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How quickly the joy of a snow day disappears when all those make-up days are just around the corner. Many districts across North Carolina including CMS plan to call students back to school during spring break. Families are grumbling.    


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WFAE Talks
3:36 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

WFAE Talks: Snow, Snowpocalypse Reporting, And The Feds' Interest In DENR

WFAE News staff was busy covering the week's snow and ice storm, so naturally it's a topic of discussion for Greg, Lisa and Brad - er, Ben (listen to the podcast and you'll understand). The trio also discusses the federal investigation of North Carolina's Department of Natural Resources over its reaction to Duke Energy's coal ash spill on the Dan River.

WFAE Talks, episode 5. Recorded Friday, Feb. 14.

Local News
7:25 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Snow Means Slippery Roads, Short Workdays, And Sledding

A section of outbound Independence closed Wednesday afternoon after cars struggled to make it up a hill just after the Hawthorne Lane overpass.
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If you want to see how snow can pretty much shut down a city, go to the Hawthorne Lane overpass at Independence. A couple of snowplows were making their way down the outbound side late Wednesday afternoon. That stretch of road was closed. 

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Local News
10:37 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

McCrory Pledges $4,200 Raises Over Two Years For Beginning Teachers

A class at Piney Grove Elementary in Charlotte.
Credit Lisa Miller

Beginning teachers in North Carolina could receive a $4,200 pay raise over the next two years under the plan announced Monday by Governor Pat McCrory. Senate and House leaders say they’re behind it. 

Teachers in their first five years receive a base pay of $30,800 dollars, not including local salary supplements. McCrory said that’s too low.    

“That’s not even enough to raise a family or pay off student loans,” said McCrory at a press conference in Guilford County, recorded by WRAL-TV.   

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