Education

Local News
5:31 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Schools To Get A,B,C,D and F Grades

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Parents will have some grades to review Thursday…not their child’s, but their child’s school. The grades have been the source of much worry and debate.   WFAE's Lisa Worf has this report. That's followed by an interview from WFAE's Marshall Terry with the superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, which has set up its own system of grading schools.

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Local News
5:35 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Reading Campaign For Third Graders Launched

CMS Board of Education Chair Mary McCray holds a Lola doll, a book character, at the launching of Read Charlotte, a campaign to boost reading levels of local third graders.
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A public/private campaign to improve the reading skills of Charlotte’s third graders was launched Tuesday. It’s called Read Charlotte. The initiative’s goal is to double the number of third graders reading on grade level by 2025.

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Local News
10:08 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Recent Charter School Closings Spur Concerns

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Charter schools have become a larger part of North Carolina’s public school system, since lawmakers lifted the cap on those schools after Republicans took control of the General Assembly in 2011. The state has about 150 charters now. But not all of them have made it.


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Local News
10:41 am
Thu January 29, 2015

State Audit Shows 'Questionable Payments' Part Of Kinston Charter's Failure

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The abrupt closing of three charter schools in Charlotte over the past year has made a lot of people wonder what went wrong. In 2013, another charter school in eastern North Carolina closed because of financial troubles.  A state auditor’s report released this week provided an answer in that case. The audit finds fiscal mismanagement and questionable payments were part of its demise. 


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Local News
2:48 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

CMS Board Considers Homework Policy Tweak

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Homework doesn’t get such great reviews from kids. But many researchers also have complaints about it. With that in mind, the CMS school board will vote on a change to its policy on homework tonight. It’s not a big change.  In fact, it comes down to two words. 

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry in the studio.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Open And Shut; Charter School Closes After 5 Months In Operation

Entrepreneur High School shut its doors after 5 months in operation
Credit Entrepreneur High School's website

Another Charlotte area charter school has abruptly shut down. Entrepreneur High School, which focused on vocational training, closed down Friday after just 5 months in operation. 

The viability of Entrepreneur High was in question even before the first student walked through the door. The school received the lowest possible rating on a ‘ready to open’ report from the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools.   

Still, Entrepreneur was given the green light to open. And now it is closed.

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Charlotte Observer
11:20 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Charlotte Charter Removed Principal Amid Financial Problems

Hans Plotseneder

A Charlotte charter school has removed its founder and principal as the school struggles with low enrollment and significant financial shortfalls.

The board at Entrepreneur High School removed Hans Plotseneder as the school’s leader on Christmas Eve, according to documents from the state Department of Public Instruction.

Entrepreneur High opened in August and has been on probation with the state charter school office since September.

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Local News
7:58 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

CPCC President Hopes Obama's Community College Tuition Plan Becomes A Reality

President Obama Friday proposed a plan that would provide tuition assistance to community college students. All students who are enrolled at least part-time and who maintain at least a 2 .5 GPA would qualify. The White House hasn’t released many details.

North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, a former community college president, calls it the "wrong approach for the federal government to take."

The idea has support, though, from Central Piedmont Community College president Tony Zeiss.  He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Local News
8:22 am
Fri January 9, 2015

NC School Board Questions Online Charter Applicants

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Two online charter schools could serve up to 3,000 students in North Carolina next year.  They would be the first schools of their kind in the state. The state school board asked those groups some tough questions this week. 


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Local News
2:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Why Does High School Civics And Economics Have A New Name?

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High school students in North Carolina will no longer take "Civics and Economics" next year. Instead, they’ll take a course called "American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics."  Confused?


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