Education

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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Local News
3:09 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Former NC Schools Chief Speaks Out Against State Education Bills

Bob Etheridge and others in Charlotte pushing for more education funding
Credit Lisa Miller

Former Democratic Congressman and state schools superintendent Bob Etheridge is traveling the state with the group Progress North Carolina to speak out against several education bills before state lawmakers.

In Charlotte Thursday, he criticized a bill that would end the policy of limiting kindergarten through third grade classes to 24 students.  He also said cutting the income eligibility for the state’s pre-kindergarten program would hurt many kid’s chances of graduating. 

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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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