Education

Education - CMS And NC

May 12, 2015
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The school year may be coming to an end but education is a never-ending topic. In Charlotte and in the legislature business is pending that will affect the future of education from nearly 20 new charter schools okayed to open in the fall to the future of vouchers for private school tuition. Teacher pay continues to be a topic and the state’s A through F grading system is being debated. We take a look at those and other topics.

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So you want to go to college and major in chemistry? Didn’t think so. The number of students in the major has never been big at small liberal arts schools. Some schools, like Davidson College, are making it easier to complete a chemistry major to attract more students. 

Davidson professor Erland Stevens is teaching organic chemistry to a group of about 15 students. To an outsider, this class probably doesn’t look any different than it did a year ago – tired students following along as best they can for 8:30 a.m. But, it used to have a different name. In fact, all of Davidson’s chemistry classes have changed names as a part of a big retooling of the chemistry department.

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North Carolina has one of the highest numbers of historically black colleges and universities in the country. Over the past few years many of their enrollment numbers have declined. There are multiple reasons for that. They include tighter requirements on some federal loans, higher admissions standards, and competition from schools that were long closed to African Americans. The history and future of HBCUs are the subject of Thursday's Charlotte Talks.

In this story, WFAE's Lisa Worf looks at how the state’s public and private HBCUs are trying to distinguish themselves.

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These CMS employees make sure their schools are ready when students arrive; encourage and admonish them as needed; are on the scene during emergencies and help coordinate after-school events. And no, they’re not teachers but the schools’ janitors who are in the running for a national award.

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The search to find a new president of the UNC system is just starting. Members of the board of governors met in Charlotte Thursday to come up with names of people to oversee the search to replace Tom Ross.  The board forced him to leave his job early next year.   

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For years, North Carolina was known for its emphasis on higher education but budget cuts by the legislature have called that impression into question. Meanwhile, some look at the cost of college and view it as an overpriced, unsustainable endeavor that doesn’t really prepare graduates for the job market. Clearly, public perception of the value of college has shifted. Area college presidents share their views of the value, challenges and future of higher education.

Republican lawmakers in the North Carolina House want to significantly expand the state’s voucher program for private schools. That’s according to House Speaker Pro-Tem Paul Stam. 

Lawmakers set aside about $10 million in private school tuition this year, but Stam says they’d like to increase that to $40 million to serve more students. 

"The target would be as many as apply, which is currently about 5,000. We hope to get up to 8,000 or 9,000," says Stam. 

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Going back to college after taking several years off can be difficult. Work demands, raising a family or finances can make it challenging. Many schools have programs to reach out to students who left before completing their degrees. At UNC Charlotte the program is called 49er Finish.

Wingate University Names New President

Mar 18, 2015
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Wingate University announced on Wednesday that Rhett Brown will be its new president.

Brown is the school’s vice president for student life and enrollment services and a Wingate alumnus from the mid-1980s.

“I am deeply humbled, tremendously excited,” Brown told a gathering at the university Wednesday morning where he was named to the post. “I am honored to have your confidence.”

Single-gender and expanded arts magnet programs may be offered to Charlotte students in future years. The district’s magnet schools are currently being reviewed with a lot of attention going to the idea of same-sex magnet schools.

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