Education

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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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

It's Back To School For Some CMS Students

Druid Hills and four other CMS schools began this week
Lisa Miller

Summer vacation is over for a couple of thousand CMS students.  Kids at four K-8 schools on Charlotte’s west side headed back to school this week.  Bruns Academy, Walter G Byers, Thomasboro, and Druid Hills are the first CMS schools to move to a year-round calendar.  They’re among nine struggling schools in the Project LIFT Zone. 

Druid Hills principal Alison Hiltz says a long summer vacation makes it difficult to catch up students who are behind. 

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Local News
12:18 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Summer School That Goes Beyond The Basics In Project LIFT Schools

Summer school at Ashley Park includes a drum line
Lisa Miller

Summer school brings to mind kids hunched over desks in humid classrooms, trying to make up classes they failed.  It’s not the place to be.  But across the country summer school is undergoing some big changes.  It’s not just for kids who can’t make the grade and it’s supposed to be fun. 

Several CMS schools in the Project LIFT zone have begun to offer a summer program that takes this new approach so that the summer slide doesn’t put at-risk kids further behind. 


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Local News
4:59 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

SC To Expand Online Course Offerings After Lawmakers Lift Credit Cap

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South Carolina students can take online classes offered by the state.  But up until last month, there was a limit to the number.  A new law has lifted that cap, making it easier for students to take classes online that their schools don’t offer. 

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Local News
11:36 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Union Schools And County Budget Dispute Comes To Mediation And Lawsuit

Relations between school districts and counties can get tense during budget season.  But it’s way beyond that in Union County.  The school board has brought in a mediator and the county has sued the school district for financial information. 


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Local News
8:58 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Charter Schools Likely To Remain Under NC Board Of Ed; New Study Looks At NC Charters

A move to create a panel separate from the North Carolina Board of Education to oversee charter schools is not moving forward.  Instead, the House Education committee supported a bill Tuesday that creates a new advisory board.  Basically, it would reduce the size of the advisory council from fifteen to eleven members and allow the governor only three appointments as opposed to eight.  The advisory council recommends to the state board of education which charter schools should open and close. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Charlotte Teachers Institute

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Educators are not just required to teach a set curriculum each year – they must create it, develop it and execute it. Staying inspired and innovative can also be a challenge. And in times of radical budget cuts there is a degree of competition among teachers to be successful and keep their job. The Charlotte Teachers Institute is a partnership between CMS, Davidson College and UNC Charlotte that strives to cultivate its fellows into exemplary educators. But who decides which teachers get to participate? What exactly is this program providing that the school district is not? And what are the far-reaching effects on students of having a well-developed teacher instructing them? A conversation about developing great teachers when Charlotte Talks.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Northeastern-Charlotte Adds Doctor Of Education

Northeastern-Charlotte is now accepting applications for a doctor of education.
Credit Northeastern University

Boston-based Northeastern University is now offering a third doctoral degree program through its Charlotte campus. The UNC Board of Governors approved a doctoral degree in education last week, making it the school's third doctoral degree. The first two -- in nursing and physical therapy -- were approved in May. They were the first to be approved for a university not based in North Carolina. Cheryl Richards is the CEO and dean of the Charlotte campus. She says a doctor of education or EdD is different from a PhD because it's not focused on research. 

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