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. 

Pages

WFAE Talks
6:22 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

WFAE Talks: Sales Taxes, Property Taxes, and Charlotte's Budget Crunch

Credit WFAE

Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the politics and budgetary effects of a legislative proposal to redistribute the state's sales tax. It would mean less money for Mecklenburg County, but could be a boon to rural areas. Plus, Charlotte's unexpected budget challenge that resulted from a redo of the 2011 property revaluation.

Read more
Local News
11:05 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Meck Tax Assessor: Much Smaller Tax Base Was Surprise To All

City council members questions Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner (r).
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

The City of Charlotte will have a lot less tax revenue to work with partly thanks to a re-do of the botched 2011 property revaluation. That came as a surprise to council members last week. They questioned the county tax assessor Thursday to find out what happened. 

Mecklenburg County hired the private firm Pearson to correct the 2011 property revaluation. Throughout the process the company told the county to plan on a smaller tax base. That tax base ended up dropping by $2 billion, way outside Pearson’s own projections.

Read more
Local News
5:01 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

House Republicans Want To Quadruple Funds For Vouchers

Republican lawmakers in the North Carolina House want to significantly expand the state’s voucher program for private schools. That’s according to House Speaker Pro-Tem Paul Stam. 

Lawmakers set aside about $10 million in private school tuition this year, but Stam says they’d like to increase that to $40 million to serve more students. 

"The target would be as many as apply, which is currently about 5,000. We hope to get up to 8,000 or 9,000," says Stam. 

Read more
Local News
5:32 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Davidson Wildcats Defy The Numbers, But Rely On Them Too

The Davidson Wildcats practice for the NCAA Tournament
davidsonwildcats.com

The Davidson Wildcats take on the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday evening in the men’s college basketball tournament. After the team moved into a tough, new conference, it wasn’t expected to have a very good season, let alone make the Big Dance. But you could say it was a calculated move.


Read more
WFAE Talks
5:45 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

WFAE Talks Non-Discrimination LGBT Ordinance Controversy, Governor's Education Budget

Credit WFAE

WFAE reporters Lisa Worf and Gwendolyn Glenn join News Director Greg Collard on this edition of our newsroom podcast.

Local News
11:06 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Teacher Raises, College Cuts, Zoo Swap In McCrory Budget

A slide from the governor's budget presentation shows the breakdown of General Fund revenues between agencies. It does not include federal funds or other fees, including the gas tax, which fuels the state transportation budget.
Credit NC Office of State Budget and Management

Governor Pat McCrory released his budget plan, his proposal for how the state should spend money for the next two years. It distributes more than $45 billion from the state’s general fund, or more than $100 billion when including all the other fees, federal dollars, and various revenue streams the state uses to fund services. The final budget may look quite a bit different once state lawmakers are through, but this proposal is where the debate begins. 

Taxes

Read more
Local News
11:13 am
Thu March 5, 2015

NC Chief Justice Tells Lawmakers Court System Needs More Money

NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin
Credit NC Courts

North Carolina’s top judge told the state House, Senate, and governor Wednesday that the state justice system’s budget is under tremendous stress.  Chief Justice Mark Martin called for more money to fund basic court operations, modest pay increases for staff, and upgrade technology.   

Read more
Local News
11:03 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Community College Students To Benefit From $10 Million Belk Endowment Grant

The John M Belk Endowment is giving $10 million to help community college students in North Carolina complete their degrees.  

Most of that money will go toward creating a dozen centers throughout the state that connect students with resources to help stabilize their finances.  That may include finding financial aid for tuition, but also identifying tax credits and benefits like food stamps and Medicaid they aren’t currently tapping. 

John M Belk Endowment Director Kristy Teskey says the group is intentionally focusing on community colleges. 

Read more
Local News
9:40 am
Wed February 25, 2015

NC Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Taxpayer Funds Flowing To Private Schools

The building that houses the N.C. Supreme Court in Raleigh.
Credit Giant Sloth / Flickr

North Carolina state government has paid about $4 million in private school tuition this year. It’s part of the Opportunity Scholarship program, which has paid up to $4,200 to mostly religious schools on behalf of 1,200 low-income students.

Read more
Local News
4:25 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Project LIFT Schools Hiring More Star Teachers With New Duties, Higher Pay

Several Project LIFT schools on Charlotte’s west side are trying to fill about twenty highly-paid teaching jobs. Those teachers won’t have their own classes but will rotate between classrooms, coach beginning teachers, and work in small groups with students. The jobs come with as much as a $23,000 salary boost. 

Ranson IB Middle School has used the staffing model for the past two years. The school’s principal Allison Harris says it allows all students to benefit from the knowledge of veteran teachers. She says beginning teachers especially appreciate the help. 

Read more

Pages