Education

Local News
11:36 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Report Gives Teacher Training Programs Low Marks

A new rating of programs which train teachers is creating a stir.  The review by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds most college and university education departments have become what it calls “an industry of mediocrity.”  U.S. News and World Report published the ratings this week.   They’re generating a lot of criticism and not just from schools which scored poorly. 

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Local News
8:23 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

County Budget Will Likely Include More School Nurses

Advocates for school nurse funding held up signs at a meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
Credit JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are scheduled to pass a new budget Tuesday. A group of parents has spent the past year pushing for one line in that budget to increase – funding for school nurses.


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Local News
6:22 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

CMS To Offer School Breakfasts To All Children

A school cafeteria.
Credit U.S.D.A. / Flickr

  Since it can be hard to concentrate on an empty stomach, CMS schools offer breakfast to low-income students.  But district officials worry these kids are skipping breakfast to avoid being labeled “poor.”  To solve that, CMS wants to   provide breakfast to all kids.  The school board voted last night to approve the proposal.


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Local News
9:31 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Obama Uses Mooresville Schools To Push Plan To Get Internet In All Schools

President Obama visits Mooresville Middle School
Lisa Miller

Mooresville’s public schools are used to visitors coming to learn how they blend technology with classes.  That’s because they’ve had a lot of success doing that.  But yesterday they got the ultimate visitor.  President Barack Obama used Mooresville Middle as a backdrop for his plan to provide all public schools across the country with high-speed internet.  

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Local News
9:31 am
Thu June 6, 2013

West Charlotte Pride Stays Strong Despite School's Struggles

West Charlotte takes on Vance in February.
Lisa Miller

It’s not often a school with a low graduation rate is the source of much pride.  But West Charlotte High School is an exception.  You hear alums call it “the mighty West Charlotte” or say “I am a proud West Charlotte Lion.”  So what is it about this school that prompts such love? 

A lot of it has to do with West Charlotte’s history.  The original school opened in 1938 to an all black student body.  It stayed that way until the 1970s when the school helped put Charlotte in the national spotlight as a city that made busing for integration work.  Now, a new effort called Project LIFT is trying to help the school reclaim that proud legacy.   


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Character Development

Much of a person’s success in life depends on their character. Society is also dependent on the involvement of people of character. But how do you build character in a young person? CMS is partnering with parents and the community to foster honest, responsible, caring students and there are other private organizations working toward the same end. A closer look at the process and at what’s at stake for children, parents and society when Charlotte Talks.

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Education
9:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pen Pals Just Two Miles Away Meet For The First Time

Wesley Baxter Jr., a first grader at Park Road Montessori was pen pals with Steven Ambrocio Lopez, a third grader at Sedgefield Elementary in south Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

Perhaps you've had a pen pal as a kid. Chances are it was someone who lives far away. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools SchoolMates program has a pen pal program among its own schools. In one case, students from schools less than two miles apart wrote letters to each other throughout the school year. Wednesday, they got to meet each other for the first time.


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Local News
7:24 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

North Carolina Senate Begins Discussing $20.6 Billion Spending Plan

Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have proposed a $20.6 billion budget for next year.  That’s essentially the same size as Governor Pat McCrory’s proposal. Spending in major categories would be mostly flat except for health and human services and natural and economic resources.  However, Medicaid spending would grow 11 percent compared to this year. 

The Senate’s Plan For Education

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Charlotte Observer
11:11 am
Thu May 16, 2013

CPCC Grad's Journey Was Arduous

Riyam Al Ghrary, who's graduating from CPCC and will be transferring to Chapel Hill, in front of the Overcash Building on the CPCC campus. Al Ghrary was born in Iraq and moved to the U.S. at 14 speaking little English.
Credit Diedra Laird / Charlotte Observer

Students attend Central Piedmont Community College for many reasons, but the story of 20-year-old Riyam Al Ghrary’s journey to CPCC surely ranks among the most harrowing.

It began in Iraq, about six years ago, on the day she was kidnapped. It will culminate Thursday evening, as she accepts her diploma at Bojangles’ Coliseum, one of about 1,900 graduates, the largest number in CPCC’s 50-year history. She was student body vice president and a scholarship winner. She’s graduating with a 4.0 average.

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Education
5:33 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Northeastern-Charlotte Doubles Graduate Programs

Northeastern-Charlotte will be adding nine masters and two doctoral degree programs this fall. It currently offers eight masters programs.
Credit Northeastern University

Boston-based Northeastern University opened its Center City campus in January 2012 with eight masters programs. Now, the University is adding seven masters degrees and two doctoral degrees. The programs were approved two weeks ago by the UNC Board of Governors.

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