Education

Local News
4:59 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

No More Tax Deduction For Contributions To NC 529 Plans

North Carolina families who have 529 college savings plans won’t be able to take a tax deduction for contributions beginning next year.  That’s part of a series of changes state lawmakers made to the tax code this year. 

Like many states, North Carolina has offered a state tax deduction for the first $2,500 of contributions to the plan each year.   

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Local News
4:10 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

CMS Report Cards Delayed One Week

Most CMS parents and students will have to wait an extra week for last quarter’s report cards.  The delay is due to more problems with PowerSchool.  That’s the new software schools across the state are using to do everything from scheduling classes to tracking students’ grades. 

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Local News
8:13 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Three Groups Want To Open Online Charters In 2015

A child uses a computer.
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Dozens of new charter schools have opened in North Carolina since the cap on them was lifted a couple years ago.  But the state still does not have an online charter.  This year three groups hope to get approval to open virtual charters. 


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Local News
4:11 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Supreme Court Dismisses Case Over Pre-K Restrictions

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The North Carolina Supreme Court Friday dismissed a case involving restrictions on the state’s pre-kindergarten programs. 

An attorney for five school districts who challenged the restrictions, Melanie Dubis, says the ruling was expected.


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Local News
5:30 am
Fri November 8, 2013

CMS Above Average On New Tests; Union Co. Second-Highest

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison discusses the lower test scores for the 2012-2013 school year at a press conference Thursday.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

CMS students scored slightly above the state average on new standardized test scores released by the state Thursday. But new tests aligned with national Common Core standards caused scores to drop significantly for all districts in North Carolina.


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Local News
5:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

School Districts Get A Closer Look At New Test Results

CMS officials announce the test scores on Thursday.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

The North Carolina Department of Education Thursday released the school-by-school results of last year’s end of grade and end of class tests. It was the first year for more rigorous exams that test for national Common Core standards. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen gives All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey a breakdown of the numbers.


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Local News
12:16 am
Thu November 7, 2013

School Districts To Release Last Year’s Standardized Test Scores

Districts have long been warning parents that students scored much lower on last year’s end-of-course and end-of-grade test scores.  That’s because tests have changed and standards are higher.  Today, we’ll finally learn how school districts performed on those tests.  WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins us in the studio. 

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Local Elections
11:33 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

New CMS Board Members For West, South Mecklenburg

Twelve candidates for CMS school board participate in a forum moderated by WFAE's Lisa Miller.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School board will soon have two new people with the last name of Bailey. Matthews Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Bailey swept district six, which covers southern Mecklenburg county, receiving 60 percent of the vote.  He said voters wanted someone who is a good collaborator. 


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Education
7:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

JCSU's Carter Pushes To Loosen Standards For Federal PLUS Loans

Congressman Mel Watt (D-12), talks about the "strange and marginal" connection between the mortgage foreclosures of 2008 and denial of Parent PLUS loans. "It was the housing meltdown that led to a number of these parents in a position where they did not qualify under the revised Parent PLUS standards," Watt says.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Johnson C. Smith University President Ron Carter is urging the Department of Education to reconsider changes to the Federal Parent PLUS loan. Carter blames those changes for the school's recent three million dollar budget cut.

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Local News
9:56 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Parents, Teachers Participate In 'Walk-In' Events Across NC

Mt. Mourne IB Principal Boen Nutting talks to parents as part of "Walk-In" activities.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Many schools across North Carolina staged something called a walk-in Monday.  It was in lieu of a one-day strike that some teachers had been contemplating to protest stagnant wages, elimination of tenure, and an increase in standardized testing. 


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