Lisa Worf

Assistant News Director

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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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

CMS finally has a concrete proposal to pitch as part of its student assignment process.  The district is taking its plan to diversify magnets on the road next week. CMS will host town hall meetings on Monday, October 17 at North and South Mecklenburg High Schools at 7pm.  Meetings are scheduled for the same time at West and East Mecklenburg High Schools November 7.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members last night had positive reviews for a plan to diversify magnet schools based on socioeconomic status. Under that plan, the lottery system would be overhauled to encourage a balanced mix of students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Many entry requirements would be dropped and transportation zones would be enlarged in order to draw from a more diverse pool of students. 

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CMS is getting ready to roll out its full plan to diversify magnet schools Tuesday evening. Several CMS board members met Monday morning to go over the details.

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Charlotte Talks hosts a public conversation Tuesday night on strengthening trust after the shooting of Keith Scott. A forum is one way to approach this, but there are many one-on-one discussions going on in the community.  Here's one of them.

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Charlotte Observer

Throughout the week, pressure had been mounting on CMPD to release video of the fatal shooting Keith Scott. Now, there’s a new call that was heard Saturday night in non-violent protests uptown: Release all the video.

Early Saturday evening, CMPD released dashcam and body camera footage of the shooting. The footage included moments immediately before and after the shooting - and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

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The state's two virtual charter schools had a rough go of it their first year open. Both online schools received Ds on state school report cards. 

Students at North Carolina Virtual Academy and North Carolina Connections Academy struggled last year. Reading scores were better, but in math only about a third of students at both schools made passing grades on state standardized tests.  And neither school's students made enough gains throughout the year for the charters to make what's called "growth."

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Some CMS schools perform extremely well, while others struggle. The same is true with charter schools throughout the Charlotte area. But compared with CMS, charters received a lower rate of As and a higher rate of Fs on this year's school performance grades. 

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North Carolina schools got their report cards Thursday, and for the most part, state standardized test scores are up slightly. That's true in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as well.

If you listen to the latest round of gubernatorial campaign ads, you’d either think teacher pay has skyrocketed or plummeted under Governor Pat McCrory. Neither is the case. There's also more to the story of a teacher highlighted in a Roy Cooper ad.   

Cooper's latest ad for governor begins with the display of these words: "August 2016, a true story." There's a modest home with a U-Haul in the driveway. Then, you see a young woman packing up boxes in a kitchen. 

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Parents this month got their first chance to weigh in on proposals the CMS board is considering to diversify magnet schools. As part of that, they have to wrap their minds around demographics, transportation, and entrance lotteries for these schools.