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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Local News
9:06 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Firing Of Charlotte City Employee Over Facebook Post Highlights First Amendment Debate

First Amendment tablet 'mural' at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
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A City of Charlotte fire investigator is out of a job because of a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri riots. It’s the first time a Charlotte city employee has been fired over a posting on social media. An attorney for the investigator says the city overreached.

So what are the First Amendment rights of public employees?


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WFAE Talks
10:19 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

WFAE Talks Arts Reporting And U.S. History Education

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WFAE's new - and first - arts reporter joins this week's program. She's Sarah Delia. Sarah talks a little about herself and discusses her plans for the arts beat. Also, education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the debate over the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course.

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Local News
11:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NC School Board Considers History Lessons Developed By Koch-Funded Group

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The state board of education may decide to suggest social studies teachers use a curriculum compiled by The Bill of Rights Institute. That’s an education group funded in part by the conservative Koch family. 

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Local News
1:15 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

NC School Board Hears AP US History Dispute

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This year a new Advanced Placement U.S. History course was introduced by the College Board.  It’s generated a lot of controversy across the country. The College Board says it promotes critical thinking, while critics say it emphasizes the country’s stumbles over its achievements. That debate played out before the North Carolina Board of Education Monday.


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Local News
5:54 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Caldwell, Burke No Longer Among Most Distressed NC Counties

The NC Department of Commerce's new tier designations for 2015. Blue is Tier one. Green is Tier 2. Yellow is Tier 3.
Credit NC Department of Commerce

For many years Caldwell and Burke counties have been on the state’s list of most economically distressed counties, but not anymore. 

The state deemed Caldwell County one of its worst off counties in 2005. The county was losing hundreds of textile and furniture jobs and things got worse. 

“February 2010 was our lowest point when our headlines read 17.6 percent unemployment,” says Deborah Murray, the director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. 

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Local News
10:09 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Union County School Board Asks Sheriff To Investigate Colleague

The Union County board of education met here to vote on filing a complaint against Savage.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

The Union County Public School board voted yesterday to file a criminal complaint regarding one of its board members.  The board says it appears Marce Savage stole $2,600 from taxpayers by double-dipping and filing false mileage reports. 

First, the board censured Savage a couple weeks ago. Then, it turned over her expense requests to the Sheriff. Yesterday, the board approved this motion from board member Rick Pigg:   

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WFAE Talks
2:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Political Tiffs And The Golden Nut

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Commissioner Pat Cotham wants to head the Mecklenburg County Commission again one year after her colleagues ousted her from the role. She believes the election results show people want her in charge, although it appears unlikely to happen. Greg, Lisa, and Ben also discuss why CMS board Chairwoman Mary McCray went out of her way to make clear that only one member of the board wanted former Superintendent Heath Morrison to keep his job. Plus, the intense competition for what's called the Golden Nut Award.

Local News
9:32 am
Thu November 20, 2014

McCray: Eight of Us Agreed Morrison Should Go

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The CMS school board held its first meeting last night since board members approved a separation agreement with former Superintendent Heath Morrison. There was little mention of the drama over the past three weeks, except for a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting. 

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Local News
3:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

State Releases Salary Information Of Charter School Holdouts

The Charter Advisory Board vets applications for new charters.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

The salaries of public school employees are public information, but some charter schools have resisted supplying those records. It took a directive from the governor and a warning from the North Carolina Board of Education to get names and salaries of school staff from a few holdouts. 

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Local News
9:05 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

More Insight Into Morrison's Exit

CMS Board Attorney George Battle III

  

It’s been a week since the CMS school board approved Heath Morrison’s separation agreement.  Board members have still not publicly addressed allegations against Morrison, but school board attorney George Battle III is giving some insight into what prompted him to launch an investigation. We’re getting a better picture of how the investigation unfolded and how board members reacted to it.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins  All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey now:


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