Lisa Worf

Reporter

Lisa Worf 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
5:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WFAE Talks Charter School Troubles, Dollar Deals

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Education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the problems a few charter schools have had in staying open. In the last year, three Charlotte area charter schools have closed within their first year of operation, the most recent being Entrepreneur High School this month.

Ben Bradford discusses the Dollar Tree's purchase of Matthews-based Family Dollar. He also reveals his interest in exchanging his office chair for a stability ball.

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Local News
9:45 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Charlotte's Crime Rate Held Steady In 2014

Officers with CMPD's Independence Division line up to shake Police Chief Rodney Monroe's hand at Wednesday's crime statistics press conference. That division saw the biggest drop in crime last year.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Charlotte’s overall crime rate last year remained largely unchanged from 2013. But there were some categories of crimes that saw big increases and drops in their numbers. 

Property crimes were up about 0.6 percent from 2013 and violent crimes were down by the same amount. But some types of crimes increased.

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Local News
10:04 am
Fri January 16, 2015

NC A&T To Help Recruit Troops To Combat Cyber Attacks

This week President Barack Obama has been rolling out the White House’s strategy to combat cyber attacks. North Carolina A&T is a part of that strategy. 


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Local News
5:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Jobs, Education, Regulatory Changes Continue To Be Legislative Priorities

The legislature was back in session Wednesday.  As expected, Tim Moore of Kings Mountain was elected House Speaker and Phil Berger of Eden Senate President Pro-Tem. 

The two outlined their priorities at a press conference. Berger said the legislature intends to build on issues the Republican legislature has tackled over the past four years. 

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WFAE Talks
5:33 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

WFAE Talks CMS Emails, New Grading Scale, Old-School Video Games

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After a 3-week hiatus, our WFAE Talks podcast returns. Greg, Lisa and Ben talk CMS documents released in response to a public records request related to the forced resignation of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. They also discuss a new 10-point grading scale, the popularity of retro video games, and the politics of those silly sports bets politicians make with their counterparts in other cities.

Local News
8:22 am
Fri January 9, 2015

NC School Board Questions Online Charter Applicants

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Two online charter schools could serve up to 3,000 students in North Carolina next year.  They would be the first schools of their kind in the state. The state school board asked those groups some tough questions this week. 


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Local News
2:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Why Does High School Civics And Economics Have A New Name?

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High school students in North Carolina will no longer take "Civics and Economics" next year. Instead, they’ll take a course called "American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics."  Confused?


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Local News
6:52 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Emails Show Friction Between CMS Staff Over Legal Team Reorganization

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CMS released hundreds of emails this week that several media organization requested after former Superintendent Heath Morrison’s abrupt departure. They leave many questions unanswered, but do reveal some friction between Morrison’s top people and the attorney who led the investigation into him.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to discuss.


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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

All NC High School Students May Shift To New Grading Scale Next Year

A page in a teacher's grade book.
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North Carolina public high schools are shifting next year to a ten-point grading scale that will make it easier to get an A.  The plan was to phase it in beginning with freshman next year.  But that could lead to some sticky situations, so the state school board may decide to change it for all students next year. 


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Local News
1:39 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

At Least 20 Injured In Union County School Bus Accident

At least twenty people are recovering from injuries sustained from an accident involving a Union County School bus this morning.   

Union County Emergency Medical Services says the students’ injuries are mostly minor like cuts, bruises and scrapes. 

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