Education

Local News
8:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Here's The Story Behind Online College's Winless Football Program

College of Faith practices behind an abandoned middle school.
Credit Michael Tomsic

There's a new college in Charlotte that's an online school with no campus or accreditation, but it has a football team. In fact, the football coach created the college last year. It's called College of Faith, and it's linked to online colleges with sports programs in Arkansas and Florida.

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Local News
5:27 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Big Drop In Applications To Open Charter Schools In NC

The NC Charter School Advisory Board will vet these forty applications and make their recommendations to the NC Board of Education for final approval.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

The number of applications to open charter schools in North Carolina is significantly down from past years. The state received forty applications from groups wanting to open schools in the fall of 2016. Nearly half of them are for schools in the Charlotte area. 

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Local News
9:53 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

CMS Accomodates 3,300 More Students Than State Expected

CMS has had to make room for 3,300 more students than what the state projected the district would have. The opening of eleven charter schools in the area has complicated the process of coming up with enrollment numbers. CMS projections were closer to the mark, but still a ways off. 


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Local News
9:52 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Charter School Closing Highlights Rapid Growth Of NC Charters

A brand new charter school that opened in Charlotte on August 25 is shutting down. State officials sent Concrete Roses STEM Academy a letter this week placing the school on what the state calls Financial Disciplinary Status. The school's board voted Wednesday night to close the charter program as of Friday. This fall's enrollment of 126 students at Concrete Roses, located off Monroe Road, was far below the 300 students organizers had projected. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Helen Nance, who chairs North Carolina's Charter School Advisory Board, about the closure of Concrete Roses and the oversight of the state's charter schools.


Local News
8:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Parents Say Charter School Closing Was Short Notice

Nine-year-old Kenyatta Booker and his mother Brandy Mmnabar. Mmnabar says she was very angry when she found out that the school would be closing down the next day when she went to pick up her son.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Friday was the last day of school for about 120 students at a charter school in east Charlotte. It's closing its doors less than three weeks after opening because of financial troubles. Parents will now have to figure out where to send their children next week.


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Local News
3:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Charter School Closing After 20 Days. Cost To State: $285,170

Concrete Roses STEM Academy in East Charlotte will have its last school day on Friday, September 19.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

A Charlotte charter school is closing its doors less than three weeks after opening, leaving 126 students to find a new school.

Parents of students at Concrete Roses STEM Academy got their first hint of trouble earlier this week.

"Everybody got the same call or e-mail that there was an emergency board meeting," says Shirley Brooks.

Her granddaughter, Taylor, is a fourth-grader at the K-12 school, which closes Friday.

"I had no idea that this could happen on a new school like this. I had no idea," Brooks says.

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Public Conversations
7:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The State Of Public Education

As the new school year gets underway, this community forum explored the changing climate for public education in the Charlotte region. Panelists addressed recent moves to raise teacher pay and discussed the future of student achievement standards and Common Core guidelines. The forum also examined the role of charter schools, their successes and challenges to date in the Charlotte area, and the outlook for charter programs.

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Local News
9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Still Reviewing Suspension Policies

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board at its meeting on Sept. 9.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system is still in the process of reviewing its discipline policies to determine why minority students are far more likely to get suspended.

In Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, African-American students are 5.5 times more likely than white students to receive out-of-school suspensions. Hispanic students are 2.6 more likely to get suspended. Students with disabilities also get suspended at a higher rate. 

That’s all according to a report CMS staff and various community agencies presented to the school board in April.

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Local News
8:30 am
Thu September 4, 2014

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

Credit Michael Tomsic

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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