Education

Education
9:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

An Explanation Of UNC's New 'Context Grading'

Beginning next fall, student transcripts are going to look a lot different at UNC-Chapel Hill. They will still include the grades for each class and the overall GPA, but the transcripts will also show the median grade for the class and how the grade ranks. The idea is that this will discourage students from seeking easy classes to boost their grades, and will reward students who do excellent work in more difficult classes. Sociology Professor Andrew Perrin heads the committee that approved this change, and he joined us this morning.

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Local News
11:38 am
Thu April 24, 2014

School Run By CMS, Non-Profit To Open At Former Boulevard Homes

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board approved plans Tuesday night to partner with a non-profit to run a pre-k- 8 school on the city’s west side.  It’s in the area once known as Boulevard Homes.  Before it was torn down two years ago, the public housing complex was often in the news for violence.  The Renaissance West Community Initiative is re-developing that area and this school will be at the center of it. 

Laura Clark is executive director of the group.  WFAE's Mark Rumsey asked her why it's important for a school to be part of this neighborhood?

Listen to Mark Rumsey's interview with Laura Clark.

Charlotte Observer
11:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

State Official: Disclose Charter Salaries Or Face Penalty

North Carolina’s top charter official warned schools Thursday that they could lose their charters, which authorize them to get public money, if they refuse to comply with public records requests for salaries.

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Higher Education
6:17 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Wingate University President Will Retire In May 2015

Wingate University President Jerry McGee
Credit Courtesy of Wingate University

Wingate University President Jerry McGee is stepping down in May 2015. 

McGee has served as president of the Union County school for more than 22 years and oversaw major changes during his time as University president – including its transition from a college to a university.


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Local News
12:54 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

JCSU Gets More Than $1 Million For Scholarship Fund

Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Johnson C. Smith University has received about $1 million this month for a scholarship fund that helps students pay the difference between their financial aid and tuition.


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Local News
9:58 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tests Aligned To Common Core Causing A Stir

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Hundreds of kids across the Carolinas are putting some standardized tests aligned to the Common Core to the test. They’re getting mixed reviews. South Carolina’s School Superintendent wants to prevent the state from using them next year. The jury is still out in North Carolina.


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Charlotte Observer
5:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

NC Education Officials: Charter Schools Must Disclose Salaries

North Carolina’s top education officials now say charter schools must publicly reveal salaries, reversing a March announcement that the independent public schools are exempt from that requirement.

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Local News
11:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Transgender Accommodation Policies Big Topic On College Campuses

Andraya Williams
Credit Lisa Miller

In March, a CPCC transgender student was suspended for a day-and-a-half after she used a women’s restroom. She says a security guard told her she needed to use one of the campuses' three gender-neutral bathrooms. The disputed generated a small protest on campus, at which Andraya Williams spoke about the incident.

Andraya Williams speaking on the incident.

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Local News
9:03 am
Fri April 11, 2014

NC’s Third-Grade Reading Law From The Classroom

Third-graders at Park View Elementary take a practice reading porfolio test.
Lisa Miller

Third graders in North Carolina are on a deadline. They have just a few weeks to prove to the state their reading is up to snuff. Otherwise, they’ll be headed to summer reading camps. There’s a lot to do: lessons to learn, passages to read, and tests to take. It’s all part of the new third-grade reading law. 


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Local News
7:05 am
Wed April 9, 2014

CMS To Ask County For An Extra $27 Million For Employee Raises

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison argues for county money to cover employe pay raises.
Credit Lisa Miller

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials plan to ask the county for an extra $46 million next year. Most of that would go for a 3 percent pay raise for all CMS employees. 


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