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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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.
Credit Lisa Miller

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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WFAE Talks
2:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

WFAE Talks: Coal Ash, 3rd-Grade Reading Law Problems, The NC Supreme Court And A New Reporter

The ash pond at Duke Energy's now closed Dan River power plant.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

This week's edition of WFAE Talks has a newby. He's Money & Influence reporter Tom Bullock. Tom sat in for Ben Bradford, who was getting some sleep after a long and busy day of covering the Duke Energy coal ash spill on the Dan River. Tom, Lisa and Greg discuss the spill, the problems and  uncertainty over implementation of North Carolina's third-grade reading law, and high stakes in this year's state Supreme Court election.

WFAE Talks, recorded Thursday, Feb. 6.

Local News
2:26 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

NC Board Of Education Grants Districts Flexibility On Reading Tests

North Carolina school districts can now use reading tests of their own choosing to decide whether a third-grader must go to a summer reading camp or can go on to fourth grade. The State Board of Education approved the districts’ request today. 

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Local News
11:10 am
Thu February 6, 2014

School Districts Want Flexibility With Third Grade Reading Law

The North Carolina Board of Education will vote today on a measure that could ease some of the testing going on under the new third grade reading law. That law requires third-graders not reading at grade level by the end of the year to go to summer reading camps. So far, it’s been rough. Teachers, even lawmakers who voted for the law, admit it needs tweaking. 


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Local News
6:07 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Union County Offers $3 Million To Schools To Avoid Redistricting

Parents protest redistricting plans at a school board meeting in January.
Credit Lisa Miller

Union County Public Schools got word of an unexpected offer last night that could allow the district to avoid a controversial redistricting, at least for now. The county has agreed to give the school district $3 million for mobile classrooms to ease overcrowding. 

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WFAE Talks
3:31 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

WFAE Talks: Media Snowjob, Virtual Education, Streetcar (AKA Gold Line)

Enjoying a snow day in Charlotte.
Credit @CharlotteNCGov / Twitter

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss media hype over this week's winter storm, the debate over virtual charter schools and Charlotte's latest efforts to build a streetcar extension.

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Local News
10:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Tough Questions Need Answers Before NC Gives OK To Online Charter Schools

Credit Baddog_ / Flickr

Two virtual charter schools run by for-profit companies are trying to open schools in North Carolina. In the past, the state board of education has refused to consider these schools. But this year the board appointed a group to figure out how to evaluate virtual charters. The group heard from those two companies this week. They say it’s not fair to compare them to brick-and-mortar schools. 


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Local News
10:48 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Union County Parents Gear Up To Fight School Redistricting

About 1,200 parents come to last night's school board meeting to protest redistricting plans. They filled the school auditorium and the overflow went to the gym.
Lisa Miller

If you live in western Union County, you’re well acquainted with the words ‘school redistricting.’ For many years the district scrambled to build schools to keep up with all the growth, re-drawing attendance lines as new schools opened. 

Now many schools are filling up again.  The school board is mulling a plan to ease the overcrowding by shifting nearly 6,000 students to different schools.  Many parents are mad.   


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