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Arts & Life
3:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Nick de la Canal: From Boxers To Briefcase

Meet Nick de la Canal, WFAE's newsroom intern, whose path to public radio started with a graduation prank that had... unanticipated consequences.   

Local News
4:29 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Couple Thousand CMS 3rd Graders Begin Mandatory Reading Camps

Ms. Tyler's summer reading camp at Hidden Valley Elementary School analyzes the book "Miss Nelson is Missing." The class meets six hours a day, four days a week.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Third graders in North Carolina who aren’t reading at grade level started summer reading camps this week. It’s part of the new third grade reading law. Last year state officials predicted 60 percent of all third-graders would have to enroll in the camps, but in reality, that number is much lower.


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Local News
4:14 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Against The Odds, 5 Young Latinas Graduate High School And 'Circle de Luz'

Gabby is one of the first five young women to graduate from Circle de Luz, a program founded in 2008 to help young Latinas through middle and high school.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

Six years ago, a group of young women were picked to take part in a special program. The girls were all in the seventh grade, all were Latinas, and all were deemed to be at risk of dropping out of school or becoming pregnant. The program is run by a volunteer group called Circle de Luz. And last week the group – and the young women they mentored – had reason to celebrate

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Local News
10:32 am
Wed June 18, 2014

County Budget And Referendum Pass Amidst Bickering

Board of County Commissioners
Credit charmeck.org

If there was a word of the night at yesterday’s Mecklenburg County Commissioners meeting, it would have been “teachers.” Not surprising since the board was set to approve its $1.3 billion budget, which includes more money for schools and a referendum for this November that would add money for teacher pay. The meeting turned terse and politically divisive and even had a bit of a budgetary surprise.

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Local News
9:24 am
Thu June 12, 2014

CMS Teachers, Parents Urge Commissioners To Pay For Raises

Teachers and parents attended a public hearing to show their support of a raise for CMS employees paid for by the county.
Lisa Miller WFAE

Mecklenburg County commissioners are weighing whether to give CMS employees a raise out of the county’s pocket be that by paying the district an extra $26.7 million or asking voters to approve a quarter cent sales tax. A few hundred teachers showed up to a public hearing last night to make their case. 

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Local News
4:29 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

County Manager Proposes $1.5 Billion Budget - With No Increase In Teacher Pay

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio presented her budget to County Commissioners Thursday. Here's a look at what is, and is not in her $1.5 billion proposed budget. 

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Local News
10:20 am
Fri May 23, 2014

CMS Asks County For $3.7 Million To Fund Support Positions

Michael Morton (right) is the counselor at Winding Springs Elementary.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

Teachers get the top-billing in most stories about education budget cuts. But there are a lot of other people who make a school run such as guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers. CMS wants the county to foot the bill to add about forty of these positions next year.


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Local News
1:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

What's the Likelihood of Teacher Raises This Year?

Teachers push state lawmakers for a pay raise during the Moral Monday protest in Charlotte last year.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Raising teacher salaries is something Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers have agreed is a priority this year. The plan is to boost base pay to $35,000 over two years for teachers in their first ten years on the job. That amounts to raises of $500 to $4,200.  But as legislators begin crafting a budget, they say there may not be enough money to do all of that. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins me now to discuss the likelihood of teacher raises this year. 


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Local News
6:16 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Refusing To Take NC Standardized Tests Can Cost Some Students

Credit albertogp123 / Flickr http://bit.ly/1e9qzXZ

North Carolina school students will have to tackle several hours of standardized tests in a few weeks. State and federal laws mandate that. As the debate over these tests intensifies, many parents wonder if their kids can refuse to take them.  The answer is yes, but it may cost them. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

CMS And Charter Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

If you’ve been following public education in recent years, it almost seems as if the system is under siege.  That’s certainly the case locally.  CMS recently told county commissioners that they would likely lose $80 million to charter schools this year – an amount that cannot be made up with cuts in overhead.  And teacher pay continues to be a big issue.  We get an update on all this from Superintendent Heath Morrison and state school board member John Tate.

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