Education

Local News
9:24 am
Tue October 15, 2013

CMS To Weigh Late Schedules, But Long Days Likely To Stay

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools start and end times have made for some heated debate since the district added 45 minutes to the elementary school day.  Superintendent Heath Morrison says he’s not willing to shorten the day by much.

Two years ago, CMS officials lengthened the school day for elementary students to seven hours and pushed dismissals at many schools to 4:15.  With those adjustments one bus could serve more schools. 

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Local News
7:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Jury Decides Union County Owes Its Schools $91 Million

Union County Courthouse
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Union County Public Schools has scored a victory.  After a two-month long trial, a jury has decided Union County owes the district a whopping $91 million. 

“To be perfectly honest, I’m in awe and humbled at the number,” says school board chairman Richard Yercheck. 

“I think whoever tells you they’re not surprised at a verdict of $91 million would be lying to you,” says attorney Richard Schwartz who represented the district.

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Local News
9:23 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Districts Find Way To Serve Home School Students - And Get State Funding

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School districts in North Carolina are feeling the squeeze. They continue to lose students and money to charter schools and then there are all the home school students out there.  At least a couple of local school districts are finding ways to lure those students back into the public school fold and get some money for them too. 


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Local News
5:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

$10 Million Donation Will Reopen Head Start Preschools

Eight preschools in York and neighboring counties are among several pre-school centers across the country that will reopen Wednesday after a couple in Texas picked up the federal government’s $10 million tab. 

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Education
9:50 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Guilford Schools Suspend Tablet Program Due To High Number Of Cracked Screens

At Guilford County Schools, more than 1,500 ASUS tablets were reported to have cracked or broken screens. The district indefinitely suspended the program last week.
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Many school systems are wrestling with ways to serve students with mobile technology such as tablets. But Guilford County Schools has learned there’s a downside to the devices. The district has suspended its tablet program after students reported 1,500 cracked or broken screens in just the first month of school. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison

Mecklenburg County voters will decide in November if the county will issue $290 million in bonds to fund academic programs, construction, renovations and upgrades for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Superintendent Morrison says that CMS has real and urgent needs that the 2013 bond issue would address. And there are other issues at hand like the master’s pay cut-off, the new reading requirements for third graders and the reevaluation of standardized testing. Join us for a conversation with Superintendent Morrison.

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ProPublica
1:43 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Breaking Away: Top Public Universities Push For 'Autonomy' From States

The chancellor of Oregon's higher-education system currently oversees all seven of the state's public colleges and universities. But as of July next year, she'll be chancellor of four.

The schools aren't closing. Rather, Oregon's three largest state schools are in the process of breaking away from the rest of the public system.

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Local News
6:32 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

NC Test Scores Plummet, But Don't Compare To Past Years

Parents, teachers, and students may be in for a rude awakening next month when they get the scores of standardized tests taken at the end of last year.  Less than half of North Carolina students were deemed proficient in most subjects.  But that doesn’t mean students are necessarily performing any worse.    

North Carolina students took re-tooled standardized tests at the end of last year.  They’re designed to assess students based on more rigorous standards under the Common Core.  For example, some 8th grade math is now being taught in 6th grade. 

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Local News
5:48 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Partial Shutdown May Force Eight Local Pre-Schools To Close

Eight pre-school centers in York and neighboring counties could close Friday, if the partial government shutdown is not resolved by then. 


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Local News
8:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

North Carolina Looks To Ease Up On Some Standardized Tests

Standardized testing is nothing new in schools, but over the last several years the amount of it has significantly increased as the push for accountability has picked up. 

The state of North Carolina now administers 49 exams to students.  Some people in high positions have joined the backlash against all this testing and now the state is looking at ways to ease up a bit. 

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