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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CMS has new guidelines on how to handle transgender students. It's up to these students to choose what they're comfortable with in regards to a slew of things, including bathrooms and locker rooms. 

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North Carolina prisons will soon stop placing their youngest inmates in solitary confinement. That's one of many changes in the works for how the state prison system treats 16- and 17-year-olds. 

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Cyberbullying has been a criminal offense in North Carolina since 2009. But the state supreme court has ruled a key part of the cyberbullying law is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision last week, the court found it violates the First Amendment by restricting speech.

WFAE's Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey ro discuss.

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A controversial bill that would allow charter school operators to take over five low-performing public schools in the state was approved by the full house Thursday. It also now includes some provisions that school districts have been requesting. 

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The number of private school vouchers North Carolina offers could rapidly increase, if senate leaders get their way. They want to grow the program by $120 million over the next twelve years. 

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There's a plan to reduce tuition to $500 a semester at a handful of UNC system schools. Students at other UNC universities wouldn't have to worry about tuition hikes, since they'd pay the same tuition for their first four years. It's all laid out in a state senate bill that has gained some traction and lots of concern. 

Tom Bullock stayed through the end of this past week's Charlotte City Council meeting, and he (and his editor) are glad he did as a surprise debate unfolded. Tom also discusses his preparations for interviewing Diane Rehm, while Lisa Worf discusses legislation that's giving many colleges angst.

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Possible name changes for campuses are no longer part of a senate bill that would drastically cut tuition at five UNC system schools and fix tuition at others.

Every so often the idea comes up of putting the UNC moniker on the names of state universities that struggle with enrollment. That happened to UNC-Pembroke, formerly Pembroke State University, in 1996.

This bill had many alums of some of the state's historically black universities worried their school's name would disappear. But the bill's sponsor Tom Apodaca says the bill no longer deals with the naming of schools.

Crafting CMS's student assignment plan will be a two-year process. The board released a timeline Tuesday that shows CMS will first find ways to increase students' access to magnet schools and programs. At Tuesday's board meeting, CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said that accomplishes several things. 

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The CMS board is used to getting dressed down from upset parents and community members. It can now add Mecklenburg County Commissioners to that list. Tuesday, the commissioners dashed any glimmer of hope the school board had for a bond package on this fall's ballot.

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