Local News
11:07 am
Tue April 30, 2013

PE Advocates Argue Gym Benefits Not Just Health, But Academics Too

Dilworth Elementary first-graders in PE
Credit Lisa Miller

Kids used to go to gym a few times a week, but that’s not the norm anymore.  It varies greatly depending on your district.  Physical education has taken a hit as schools feel greater pressure to boost reading and math scores.  But now PE advocates are making the case that more time in the gym has academic benefits.

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Local News
5:12 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Bond Package Won't Fund All CMS, CPCC Building Projects

The CMS school board tonight will ask the county to finance a bunch of building projects over the next few years.  It could come out to about $400 million.  Central Piedmont Community College has a similar request.  But the county is only willing to put together a bond referendum for half that amount. 

County Finance Director Dena Diorio says the county uses nine different criteria for deciding which projects get priority. 

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Local News
9:38 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Twenty-Six Revamped Teaching Jobs With Higher Pay Attract 708 Applicants

A classroom at Ashley Park Prek-8, one of four CMS schools hiring for the new positions.
Credit Lisa Miller

Some new kinds of teaching jobs with four CMS schools in west Charlotte have attracted a lot of interest.  The jobs are a blend of mentoring and teaching and they come with a big salary bump. 

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Local News
8:29 am
Mon April 15, 2013

NC Charter School Bill Raises Questions

A charter school bill that would change the oversight of charter schools in North Carolina has raised a lot of questions and speculation.  The bill would appoint a body independent of the state board of education to decide which schools should open and close.  The bill also includes several other changes like doing away with criminal background checks for charter school employees. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Budget

Heath Morrison
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS superintendent Heath Morrison recently presented the budget for the upcoming school year. And fiscal challenges exist for all of CMS’ funding sources: county, state and federal. But despite those hurdles, Dr. Morrison says that the school district will continue pushing for success for all students. Under his leadership he plans to personalize education for each student and more fully embrace the diverse cultures of the student population. A conversation with Superintendent Morrison, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
9:57 am
Wed April 10, 2013

More Technology, Career Specialization Drive Morrison's CMS Budget Proposal

Heath Morrison.
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison has put a price tag on his vision for the district.  He wants Mecklenburg County and the state to pitch in an extra $27 million next year to help fund new programs and expand others.  Those include bringing more technology to classrooms and creating career and technical specialties at schools.  The plan also calls for 10 new positions to help schools coordinate with companies and groups wanting to help. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller was at last night’s meeting and joins Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen in the studio. 

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9:39 am
Fri April 5, 2013

A Blumey-ing Theater Program in Belmont

Senior Kourtney Conway was part of last year's award-winning cast. "It was a major thing that clicked with me at that point," she says. "I was like, 'hey, maybe I can do this', when we won."
Briana Duggan

Just about every high school has its cliques, groups like the jocks, and the theater crowd. South Point High School in Belmont is no different. 

The school gets a lot of recognition for its football team, which has won a long list of conference and state titles over the last forty three years. But last year, the drama crowd gained some ground with its own title.

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Local News
9:32 am
Wed March 27, 2013

More Magnets, K-8 Schools Part Of CMS Building Proposal

CMS proposal for building projects
Credit Lisa Miller

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials are gearing up for a bond referendum this fall.  They laid out a plan Tuesday night to build several new schools throughout the county, including three k-8 schools and a handful of magnets.

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Local News
11:14 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Critic Of Charter Schools Speaks At UNCC

Diane Ravitch

A prominent critic of charter schools, standardized testing, and private influence on education spoke at UNC Charlotte Wednesday evening. UNCC paid Diane Ravitch $20,000 to appear at the campus’ McKnight Auditorium in front of about 100 teachers, students, and community activists.

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Local News
4:56 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

NC Education Bill Would Do Away With Tenure, Limit Standardized Tests

North Carolina lawmakers are trying again this year to push through a number of changes to education, including getting rid of teacher tenure. 

That got dropped from an education bill Senator Pro Tem Phil Berger introduced last year.  He’s hopeful it’ll pass this year since Republicans increased their numbers in the General Assembly.  Berger says doing away with tenure is one more way to ensure each student has a good teacher. 

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