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
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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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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

All NC High School Students May Shift To New Grading Scale Next Year

A page in a teacher's grade book.
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North Carolina public high schools are shifting next year to a ten-point grading scale that will make it easier to get an A.  The plan was to phase it in beginning with freshman next year.  But that could lead to some sticky situations, so the state school board may decide to change it for all students next year. 

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Local News
11:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NC School Board Considers History Lessons Developed By Koch-Funded Group

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The state board of education may decide to suggest social studies teachers use a curriculum compiled by The Bill of Rights Institute. That’s an education group funded in part by the conservative Koch family. 

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Local News
1:15 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

NC School Board Hears AP US History Dispute

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This year a new Advanced Placement U.S. History course was introduced by the College Board.  It’s generated a lot of controversy across the country. The College Board says it promotes critical thinking, while critics say it emphasizes the country’s stumbles over its achievements. That debate played out before the North Carolina Board of Education Monday.

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Local News
12:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

CMS Deputy Superintendent Addresses Concerns, Questions After Morrison's Departure

Ann Clark

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools board has come under heavy criticism for the way it's handled the departure of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. The board hasn't addressed the specific reasons it wanted Morrison to leave. Much of the information we do have comes from an internal report leaked to the Charlotte Observer. Acting Superintendent Ann Clark joined Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins to discuss these concerns and her goals moving forward. 

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