Education

Local News
9:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

CMS Board Approves Process To Select Teachers For Bonuses

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School board approved a plan Tuesday night to judge which teachers will be offered bonuses that total $5,000 over four years. CMS teachers will be awarded points for good evaluations, working in a hard-to-fill subject like math, and having an advanced degree and board certification. Growth of student test scores will not be a factor. 

Erika Ellis-Stewart voted for the plan, but said she did so grudgingly.  

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Energy
4:56 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

UNC Charlotte Will Update Engineering Courses With DOE Funding

UNC Charlotte
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UNC Charlotte is getting money from the U.S. Department of Energy to update its engineering program in an effort to help modernize the power grid.

The five-year project is in collaboration with three other universities.


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Charlotte Observer
9:35 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Can NC Charter School Pay Stay Secret?

StudentFirst Academy, a charter school that opened in west Charlotte, has faced questions over pay. The former top administrators were paid more than the initial budget included.
Credit David T. Foster, III / Charlotte Observer

North Carolina charter schools don’t have to disclose employee salaries like other public schools do, even though they receive hundreds of millions of dollars in public money, state education officials said this week.

But a lawyer for the General Assembly says charter schools are required to reveal what employees earn. In fact, they have less legal privacy than school districts, said special counsel Gerry Cohen.

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Local News
9:25 am
Wed March 19, 2014

CPCC Students Won’t Be Able To Take Out Direct Federal Loans

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Central Piedmont Community College students will no longer have access to direct federal loans next school year. CPCC’s board made the decision because of worries high default rates could force the federal government to pull grants. Many community colleges have made the same decision.     


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Local News
11:29 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Top Students Caught In Immigration Debate Find Spots In Private Colleges

Credit Courtesy of Wingate University

College is hard for many students and families to afford. But take federal financial aid out of the picture, plus in-state rates for public colleges and paying for school becomes nearly impossible. That’s the challenge for students in North Carolina who are here illegally or have deferred status. Some private colleges in the Charlotte area are reaching out to these students. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Common Core In North Carolina

Common Core state standards have been adopted by 45 states across the US, including North Carolina. But there are many—both on the right and the left—who think that the Common Core standards are flawed and should be replaced with other options. North Carolina’s debate on this topic is particularly interesting, with people of all backgrounds coming down on either side of the issue, including the Governor and the Lt. Governor. We’ll be joined by a defender of Common Core and an opponent, who doesn’t want Common Core standards in North Carolina. We’ll learn the details about what is included in the Common Core and hear two perspectives of the debate.

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WFAE Talks
2:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

WFAE Talks Standardized Testing, A Union Co. BOE Surpise, 3rd Party Election Cash, Drones

More changes are coming in regard to how standardized tests are scored.

Union County's school board is accused of sneaking through a controversial redistricting vote.

Third-party election cash is flowing into North Carolina's U.S. Senate race.

Plus, breaking news on drones.

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss all these issue on the latest edition of WFAE Talks.

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Local News
9:59 am
Fri March 7, 2014

NC Board Lowers 'Pass' Score In Response To Reading Law Concerns

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North Carolina students will find it easier this year to pass the state’s standardized tests.  The state board of education decided yesterday to lower the score it would take to be deemed proficient. That means thousands of third-graders will no longer have to attend summer reading camps mandated by the new reading law.

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt in the studio. 

KK: Lisa, why did the state board decide to do this now?

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Local News
9:51 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Sneaky? Union School Board Surprises Public With Redistricing Vote

The Union County school board approved a controversial redistricting Tuesday night to boos and hisses. The crowd was vocal, but not large since the vote came as a complete surprise. 


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Charlotte Observer
9:21 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Union County School Board OKs Controversial Redistricting Plan

Parents protest redistricting plans at a school board meeting in January
Credit Lisa Miller

Union County’s school board, in a surprise vote, approved a controversial redistricting plan Tuesday night before a raucous, upset crowd.

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