Education

Local News
9:25 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Charlotte Schools Put The Press On Dads To Help

Hawk Dads catch up after helping out with carpool lane.
Lisa Miller

Schools often try to get parents more involved in their children’s education.  Mothers tend to be the ones who heed the call.  For whatever reason, you don’t see many fathers around school.  Across the country, there are efforts to change that. 

Advocates say a father’s presence helps convince kids school is important and makes sure they keep to the straight and narrow.  A few schools around Charlotte have begun recruiting dads to help out at school. 


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Local News
1:39 am
Wed September 11, 2013

NC Schools Having Trouble Producing Up-To-Date Transcripts

North Carolina school districts are using a new software called PowerSchool to do everything from scheduling classes to tracking students' grades.  But it’s had a rough start.  The latest glitch is that schools can’t produce up-to-date transcripts for students applying to college. 

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Local News
4:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

170 Groups Want To Open NC Charter Schools In 2015

North Carolina has received notices from 170 groups that want to open charter schools in 2015.  Forty-three of those schools are planned for Mecklenburg and 18 more for neighboring counties.  Two years ago, the state lifted its cap on charter schools.  This year 156 groups said they planned to apply, but only 70 ended up submitting applications and ultimately just 26 were approved.

Local News
4:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

NC School Board Extends Master's Pay Cut-Off; Approves New Charters

Credit Lisa Miller

Teachers in North Carolina now have until May to complete their master’s and still receive a 10 percent pay increase.  State lawmakers eliminated that automatic salary bump starting next school year.  The state board of education Thursday extended the cutoff date from April to May, so that teachers can use the spring semester to complete their degrees. 

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Local News
5:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

McCrory Pushes To Extend Deadline For Teachers To Get Master's Pay Hike

Credit Lisa Miller

Governor Pat McCrory wants to make sure all teachers currently enrolled in master’s programs qualify for the ten percent automatic pay raise that, up until now, has come with the degree.  State lawmakers eliminated the pay bump for advanced degrees this year. Right now teachers have to receive their masters by April 1 to qualify for the higher pay.  McCrory urged the school board to help extend the cutoff date. 

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Local News
2:22 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Rumblings Of Extending Cutoff Date For Master’s Pay

Credit Lisa Miller

Hundreds of teachers in masters programs have a dilemma.  They’ve paid thousands of dollars for courses thinking it will pay off with a 10 percent automatic pay hike.  But North Carolina lawmakers eliminated that this year, so only teachers who get their masters before the cutoff date next year will still get the salary increase. 

Republican Representative Bill Brawley of Matthews said at a Charlotte Observer forum this week he’ll push to extend that cutoff date. 

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Local News
9:51 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Universities Help Teachers Get Masters Before Pay Hike Cut Off

Credit Lisa Miller

Next year North Carolina teachers will no longer get a 10 percent automatic pay hike for earning their master’s degrees.  So the race is on for those teachers in graduate programs right now. Universities are trying to give them every chance to complete their master’s degree before the cutoff date for pay increases next year. 


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Local News
3:54 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Fathers Drop Kids Off At Schools

Dontay Kilgo brings his son to school
Lisa Miller

Students at nine schools in west Charlotte got special escorts to their classrooms today.  Fathers, grandfathers and uncles dropped children off at school as part of a national effort called the Million Father March to get fathers and other male mentors involved in the lives of students. 

Dontay Kilgo brought his son to his first day of pre-k at Druid Hills Academy.  About 25 other men dropped their children off at the school too. 

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Energy
9:18 am
Mon August 26, 2013

UNC Charlotte Students Complete Solar House

The UNC Charlotte Solar Decathlon 2013 team celebrated the completion of its competition house, 'UrbanEden,' on August 23 with a tour of the house for visitors.
Tasnim Shamma

UNC Charlotte students completed its house, UrbanEden, on Friday, August 23 for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 competition from October 3 to 13. 

Local News
9:16 am
Fri August 23, 2013

NC Ranks 46th In Teacher Pay. Are Fears Justified?

A CMS second grade class.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

The number 46 became a rallying cry this summer as state lawmakers put the finishing touches on the budget.  That’s because North Carolina ranks 46th in what it pays teachers. 

Many people, including the state schools superintendent, argued good teachers would leave the profession or go to neighboring states that pay more if North Carolina didn’t raise teacher salaries.  But lawmakers were not swayed.  Let’s examine if those fears are warranted. 


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