10:50 am
Thu August 22, 2013

With A Big Gift, E2D Begins Handing Computers To Students Who Lack Them

Franny Millen, E2D Founder, hands the first computer to Aryanna McCain of Davidson.
Credit Bill Giduz /

With a gift of 500 computers from Lowes Cos. Inc. this week, the Davidson-based nonprofit E3D (Eliminate Davidson’s Digital Divide) is expanding to Cornelius and broadening its goal of putting computers into the hands of local school kids who lack them. The group has been rechristened with a broader name – E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) – and is now hoping to help hundreds of families with children in grades K-12 at the three elementary schools in the two towns as well as Bailey Middle and W.A. Hough High schools in Cornelius.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

A Few Changes For CMS Students This Year

CMS expects to have 2,665 more students than last year.  This year all schools will hand out photo ID badges to students.  CMS Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark says that’s part of the district’s efforts to strengthen security. 

“We already have all staff wearing IDs in the district.  This will allow all students and staff at every school to have a photo ID badge, so that we will be able to identify visitors to the campus that may need to check in at the front office,” says Clark.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

West Charlotte’s Graduation Rate Rises 15 Percent

West Charlotte High School
Credit Lisa Miller

West Charlotte High School saw the largest rise in its graduation rate this year of any CMS school.  It went from 56 percent last year to 71 percent this year.  West Charlotte Assistant Principal Timisha Barnes-Jones says teachers and counselors worked hard at getting kids into programs to make sure they got the credits they needed to graduate on time. 

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Local News
11:19 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Task Forces Present Ideas To Improve CMS

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison wanted some input on how the district should move forward.  Monday night, 22 task forces gave him feedback that included hiring a CMS ombudsman, requiring students to get some workplace experience and starting a school for African American males. 

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The Party Line
11:19 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Education Was Cut! No, It's Increased! Which Is Right? Both

Michael Bitzer

Now that the regular, or “long,” session of the NC General Assembly has come to an end, the reviews are coming in fast and furious, most notably broken down by partisan rank.

With opening salvos from the New York Times and the response by the Wall Street Journal’s columnist breaking into the liberal-conservative reactions, some of the most intense fights centered on the core feature of most state governments: The budget.

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Local News
6:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Union County School Board To Take County Commission To Court

School districts often complain that counties don’t give them enough money.  But Union County School officials are doing more than griping.  They’re taking the Union County commission to court.  

Union County commissioners approved a budget for this year about $8 million short of what the school board says the district needs.  The school board pushed back and the negotiations ended up in mediation.  After a five hour session today, school board chairman Richard Yercheck says the two sides are at an impasse.

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Local News
9:14 am
Wed July 31, 2013

NC Explainer: Education Changes

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WFAE's Marshall Terry, Lisa Miller and Michael Tomsic discuss education changes from the legislative session that recently ended.

North Carolina laws are changing, from what you need to vote, to which clinics can provide abortions, to how teachers keep their jobs. The General Assembly passed many of the new laws last week at the very end of the legislative session. So every day this week, WFAE is examining some of the major changes. We've covered gun legislation and abortion regulations so far. This morning we focus on education.

There were a lot of new education changes that passed either in bills or through the budget. That includes getting rid of teacher tenure and including money for vouchers for kids to attend private schools. But some of those changes shouldn't be a surprise.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Teachers Head to Raleigh To Protest Education Budget

Teachers get ready to depart for Raleigh.
Credit Lia Miller

A bus bound for Raleigh today picked up teachers in Charlotte and Cabarrus County to join the last Moral Monday protest.  They’re upset North Carolina’s education budget doesn’t include pay raises, eliminates tenure, and sets aside money for vouchers to private school. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Literacy, The Achievement Gap And Read To Achieve

Closing the Achievement Gap for children in schools is a goal that's proven tough to achieve across the country over a period of several years, but it's one that educators, parents and lawmakers continue to try to make happen. North Carolina passed legislation in 2012 that may help. The Read to Achieve program works to ensure that every student in the state is reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. In this special edition of Charlotte Talks, we're working with the YMCA, MeckEd and Teach For America to bring together leaders from four of the major school systems in our region. We'll discuss literacy, the problems in bridging the Achievement Gap in school and find out what gains the Read to Achieve program may make towards the goal of improving literacy in North Carolina, when Charlotte Talks. This show was recorded on Thursday night July 25th at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

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Local News
10:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

State Budget Means Cutbacks For CMS Teacher Assistants

Superintendent Heath Morrison discusses how the new state budget will impact Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will cut back the hours its teacher assistants work this year. That's one of several examples Superintendent Heath Morrison gave of how the state budget that passed Wednesday will impact the district.

The budget agreement state House and Senate leaders reached this week cuts funding for teacher assistants by about one-fifth ($120 million) this year.

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison said that will hurt students.

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