Charlotte Talks
10:07 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Charter Schools 101

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9:00, Monday, March 2, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Mike Collins spoke with CMS Superintendent Ann Clark, along with the chair of the State Board of Education and the Governor’s Education Advisor about education and what we may see come out of this legislative session.

But one aspect of education policy has been in the news recently, and that is charter schools. What are charter schools? What is their role in our overall academic picture? Why do some fail while others succeed? 

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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.
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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.

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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. 

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9:32 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Nearly One-Third Of CMS And NC Schools Get Ds And Fs

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Two-thirds of schools in North Carolina received Bs and Cs on new state report cards that include letter grades for the first time.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey in the studio:

MR: What exactly is the breakdown in grades?

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1:54 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Most NC Schools Receive Bs, Cs

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Nearly 60 percent of CMS schools scored a C or below on new state report cards that include letter grades for the first time. The grades are mostly based on students’ scores on standardized tests.  Twenty percent is based on the growth of those scores from year-to-year. 

State school board member John Tate of Charlotte said the scores don’t accurately show the hard work of teachers and students at some high-poverty schools.

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5:31 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Schools To Get A,B,C,D and F Grades

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Parents will have some grades to review Thursday…not their child’s, but their child’s school. The grades have been the source of much worry and debate.   WFAE's Lisa Worf has this report. That's followed by an interview from WFAE's Marshall Terry with the superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, which has set up its own system of grading schools.

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5:35 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Reading Campaign For Third Graders Launched

CMS Board of Education Chair Mary McCray holds a Lola doll, a book character, at the launching of Read Charlotte, a campaign to boost reading levels of local third graders.
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A public/private campaign to improve the reading skills of Charlotte’s third graders was launched Tuesday. It’s called Read Charlotte. The initiative’s goal is to double the number of third graders reading on grade level by 2025.

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10:08 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Recent Charter School Closings Spur Concerns

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Charter schools have become a larger part of North Carolina’s public school system, since lawmakers lifted the cap on those schools after Republicans took control of the General Assembly in 2011. The state has about 150 charters now. But not all of them have made it.

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10:41 am
Thu January 29, 2015

State Audit Shows 'Questionable Payments' Part Of Kinston Charter's Failure

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The abrupt closing of three charter schools in Charlotte over the past year has made a lot of people wonder what went wrong. In 2013, another charter school in eastern North Carolina closed because of financial troubles.  A state auditor’s report released this week provided an answer in that case. The audit finds fiscal mismanagement and questionable payments were part of its demise. 

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2:48 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

CMS Board Considers Homework Policy Tweak

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Homework doesn’t get such great reviews from kids. But many researchers also have complaints about it. With that in mind, the CMS school board will vote on a change to its policy on homework tonight. It’s not a big change.  In fact, it comes down to two words. 

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry in the studio.

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