Education

Local News
9:08 am
Wed January 15, 2014

CMS Expects 5,000 3rd-Graders In Summer Reading Camps; Seeks Flexibility

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools expects to have 5,000 third-graders qualify for reading camps this summer as a result of the state's new third grade reading requirement. District officials worry state money won't come close to covering the cost of these camps.  They’re asking the state for flexibility on the camps, as well as all the tests that come with the new third grade reading law. 


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Local News
12:36 am
Fri January 10, 2014

More CMS Schools To Give Star Teachers New Duties, Higher Pay

A class at Ashley Park. The school started using the new staffing model this year.
Credit Lisa Miller

Seventeen Charlotte Mecklenburg schools are about to try something different when it comes to staffing.  Schools will pay a handful of the best teachers up to $23,000 extra.  They won’t teach one particular class or grade.  They’ll coach other teachers and pick up lessons around the school. 


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Education
8:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Districts Work To Identify Top Teachers For Bonuses

Teachers did not get a raise this year, but state lawmakers have set aside bonuses for the top 25 percent of teachers next year.  It’s up to school districts to figure out who those teachers are -- and that’s no easy task. 


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Local News
5:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

CMS Math, Reading Scores Remain The Same

CMS fourth and eighth graders are performing about the same in math and reading as they were two years ago, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress.  The tests have been given to a sample of students across the country since 2003.  At a time when state tests are drastically changing, these scores provide a way to compare student performance from year to year. 

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Local News
8:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Keeping High School Athletes Honest About Where They Live

Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Playing for a winning high school team can sometimes be irresistible.  In 2007, a Charlotte Observer investigation found several Charlotte Mecklenburg School students lied about their addresses to get on top teams. 

The district declared more than 20 students ineligible to play.  Five high schools had to forfeit their seasons and a handful of coaches resigned or were fired.  CMS tightened its policies around athletic eligibility and tracking it.  Five years later, many of those same procedures are in place and violations are in the single digits.  CMS officials say they’re successful at keeping lying to play sports in check. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins us now in the studio:

Kevin Kniestedt: Good morning, Lisa.


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Local News
4:45 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Court Of Appeals Rules Online Charter's Application Doesn't Stand

The North Carolina Court of Appeals says a group wanting to open an online charter school in the state will have to apply again.  The group backed by the for-profit virtual charter operator K12 argued the state should have allowed it to open last year. 

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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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