Education

Local News
8:30 am
Thu September 4, 2014

In-State Students Pay Less Than Half What Their UNC Education Costs

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This week, WFAE has been exploring the cost of the UNC system for in-state students and universities. Wednesday, we explained how the tuition check you pay doesn’t just support you or your child. It also goes to other students in the form of financial aid. 

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Local News
8:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

In UNC System, Where Does Your Tuition Money Go?

This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC system for students and universities. Tuesday, we explained how the state constitution specifies that public higher education should be as free as practicable for North Carolina residents. Today, we explain where the money goes after students and parents write tuition checks. Here's a hint: you don't pay for what you get.

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Local News
8:39 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Is The UNC System 'As Free As Practicable'?

Here's the section from the N.C. constitution in 1868 that describes how much public higher education should cost state residents. The language has been tweaked slightly since then.
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North Carolina’s state constitution says the price of higher education should be free.

Well, sort of: it says the UNC system should be as free as practicable.

That leaves a lot to interpretation. So what does “free as practicable” actually mean for North Carolina residents? This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC System to students and universities.  We'll explain where the money goes when students and parents write that tuition check, and we'll analyze how much it actually costs to educate different students.

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Charlotte Talks
1:22 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

The Cost Of Higher Education

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Among the 16 campuses in the UNC system, tuition and fees for in-state students have nearly doubled in the last decade. WFAE News is exploring the topic all week and we join the effort to find out why college costs so much.  

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Local News
10:13 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Private School Vouchers Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

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A judge has ordered the permanent halt of a program designed to give low-income families taxpayer money to pay for tuition at private schools. Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood cited several examples in ruling that the law is unconstitutional. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller reported on the case during All Things Considered. Here's her conversation with host Mark Rumsey.


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Local News
3:40 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

SC On Tight Deadline To Come Up With New K-12 Standards

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Both North and South Carolina are getting ready to rewrite Common Core standards.  South Carolina has already started the process. Teams of educators have until March to come up with new ones.

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Local News
4:51 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Beacon Initiative To Help 14 CMS Schools Devise Turnaround Strategies


Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials are working on the latest plan to turnaround fourteen struggling schools.  Actually the way officials tout it, there will be fourteen different strategies, one tailored to each school. 

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Local News
9:37 am
Wed August 13, 2014

CMS Board Supports Sales Tax, But Feels Left Out Of Process

The CMS school board decided to support the quarter cent sales tax that would mostly go to teacher pay.  But board members made it clear Tuesday night they did not like how it ended up on the ballot. 


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WFAE Talks
4:37 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

WFAE Talks: Art Pope Resignation, Education Funding Changes, Hunger Games, Nick de la Canal

This week, Governor McCrory choked up when he announced the resignation of Budget Director Art Pope. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss Pope's influence in the McCrory administration.

Lisa explains how lawmakers significantly changed how the state decides to fund school system enrollment growth.

Plus, we say goodbye to our summer intern, Nick de la Canal. Nick also talks about his story about unwelcome visitors to the Burke County property where the Hunger Games was filmed.


Local News
4:50 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

State Officials Confirm There Will Be Fewer Teaching Assistants

It’s becoming clear that North Carolina’s state budget is not as advertised by House and Senate leaders. 


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