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
4:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

170 Groups Want To Open NC Charter Schools In 2015

North Carolina has received notices from 170 groups that want to open charter schools in 2015.  Forty-three of those schools are planned for Mecklenburg and 18 more for neighboring counties.  Two years ago, the state lifted its cap on charter schools.  This year 156 groups said they planned to apply, but only 70 ended up submitting applications and ultimately just 26 were approved.

Local News
4:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

NC School Board Extends Master's Pay Cut-Off; Approves New Charters

Credit Lisa Miller

Teachers in North Carolina now have until May to complete their master’s and still receive a 10 percent pay increase.  State lawmakers eliminated that automatic salary bump starting next school year.  The state board of education Thursday extended the cutoff date from April to May, so that teachers can use the spring semester to complete their degrees. 

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Local News
5:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

McCrory Pushes To Extend Deadline For Teachers To Get Master's Pay Hike

Credit Lisa Miller

Governor Pat McCrory wants to make sure all teachers currently enrolled in master’s programs qualify for the ten percent automatic pay raise that, up until now, has come with the degree.  State lawmakers eliminated the pay bump for advanced degrees this year. Right now teachers have to receive their masters by April 1 to qualify for the higher pay.  McCrory urged the school board to help extend the cutoff date. 

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Local News
2:22 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Rumblings Of Extending Cutoff Date For Master’s Pay

Credit Lisa Miller

Hundreds of teachers in masters programs have a dilemma.  They’ve paid thousands of dollars for courses thinking it will pay off with a 10 percent automatic pay hike.  But North Carolina lawmakers eliminated that this year, so only teachers who get their masters before the cutoff date next year will still get the salary increase. 

Republican Representative Bill Brawley of Matthews said at a Charlotte Observer forum this week he’ll push to extend that cutoff date. 

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Local News
9:51 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Universities Help Teachers Get Masters Before Pay Hike Cut Off

Credit Lisa Miller

Next year North Carolina teachers will no longer get a 10 percent automatic pay hike for earning their master’s degrees.  So the race is on for those teachers in graduate programs right now. Universities are trying to give them every chance to complete their master’s degree before the cutoff date for pay increases next year. 


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Local News
3:54 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Fathers Drop Kids Off At Schools

Dontay Kilgo brings his son to school
Lisa Miller

Students at nine schools in west Charlotte got special escorts to their classrooms today.  Fathers, grandfathers and uncles dropped children off at school as part of a national effort called the Million Father March to get fathers and other male mentors involved in the lives of students. 

Dontay Kilgo brought his son to his first day of pre-k at Druid Hills Academy.  About 25 other men dropped their children off at the school too. 

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Local News
9:15 am
Mon August 26, 2013

United Way Push To Coordinate Help For Homeless

A volunteer collects information during a count of Charlotte's homeless population.
Credit Julie Rose

Say you’re homeless and you’re looking for help.  There are a lot of places in the Charlotte region that offer it.  But some of them only help women, or men, or veterans, or domestic violence victims.  United Way is part of an effort to get these groups to coordinate better so that it’s easier to match homeless people with the help they need. 


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Local News
9:16 am
Fri August 23, 2013

NC Ranks 46th In Teacher Pay. Are Fears Justified?

A CMS second grade class.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

The number 46 became a rallying cry this summer as state lawmakers put the finishing touches on the budget.  That’s because North Carolina ranks 46th in what it pays teachers. 

Many people, including the state schools superintendent, argued good teachers would leave the profession or go to neighboring states that pay more if North Carolina didn’t raise teacher salaries.  But lawmakers were not swayed.  Let’s examine if those fears are warranted. 


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Local News
5:03 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

A Few Changes For CMS Students This Year

CMS expects to have 2,665 more students than last year.  This year all schools will hand out photo ID badges to students.  CMS Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark says that’s part of the district’s efforts to strengthen security. 

“We already have all staff wearing IDs in the district.  This will allow all students and staff at every school to have a photo ID badge, so that we will be able to identify visitors to the campus that may need to check in at the front office,” says Clark.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

West Charlotte’s Graduation Rate Rises 15 Percent

West Charlotte High School
Credit Lisa Miller

West Charlotte High School saw the largest rise in its graduation rate this year of any CMS school.  It went from 56 percent last year to 71 percent this year.  West Charlotte Assistant Principal Timisha Barnes-Jones says teachers and counselors worked hard at getting kids into programs to make sure they got the credits they needed to graduate on time. 

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