Education

Charlotte Observer
9:21 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Union County School Board OKs Controversial Redistricting Plan

Parents protest redistricting plans at a school board meeting in January
Credit Lisa Miller

Union County’s school board, in a surprise vote, approved a controversial redistricting plan Tuesday night before a raucous, upset crowd.

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Education
3:49 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Amplify Will Issue New Tablets To Guilford County Middle Schools

The new tablet will be manufactured by Intel and will feature a more durable screen, an advanced Wi-Fi radio, faster CPU and a stylus attached to the tablet. Guilford County Schools paid Amplify close to $3.2 million to provide tablets to 18 middle schools in the first year of its contract prior to halting the program in October of 2013.
Credit Amplify

The educational software and technology company Amplify announced it will issue 19,240 new tablets to Guilford County middle schools. The company says these tablets are durable and will feature "Gorilla Glass" screens and spill-resistant "rubber bumpers."

This is the company's second attempt to serve Guilford County Schools. The school district last fall leased 15,000 tablets as part of a $30 million federal Race To The Top grant. But one month into the program, more than 10 percent of Amplify tablets had cracked or broken screens. One student's tablet charger overheated and melted.

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Local News
8:44 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Getting Closer To Rules For Online Charters

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Two virtual charter schools run by for-profit companies are trying to open schools in North Carolina. These would be the first online charters in the state.  A group appointed by the state board of education to help recommend rules for these types of schools is wrapping its work up. They completed their discussions this week.


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WFAE Talks
4:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

WFAE Talks Political Coverage (including our newsroom standards), Coal Ash Chronicles, Teacher Pay

This is episode #7 in our new podcast venture. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the North Carolina Supreme Court race and county requests (35) for exemptions to the state's early voting requirements. They also discuss WFAE's election coverage plans and some of the edicts Greg has given staff. Lisa explains what's happening in Raleigh regarding a new pay system for teachers, and Ben gives an update in the coal ash debate.

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Local News
6:43 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Weighing How To Pay Teachers Based On Incentives

North Carolina is trapped between two systems of paying teachers. One is based on experience.  In other words, the longer you work, the more you’re paid.  But the state is moving toward a system that rewards individual performance. 

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Charlotte Talks
5:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

College Decisions, College Admissions

Lee Bierer, Syndicated columnist and college counselor

As we head into spring, college juniors and seniors are paying significant attention to, for many, what’s AFTER high school. It’s the time of year when students are trying to figure out where they want to go to college and planning visits to the schools on their lists. Here in Charlotte, a huge college fair is about to happen where students can meet with representatives from more than a hundred colleges and universities. We’ll talk with two experts who are in the know to talk about what’s important for these students and their parents this spring and how to navigate the sometimes confusing college admissions process, when Charlotte Talks on 90.7 WFAE.

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Local News
10:57 am
Sat February 22, 2014

NC Community College Students To Have Easier Time Transferring Credits

Community college students will have an easier time transferring to schools within the UNC system, including Chapel HIll.
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Transferring from community college to UNC system schools can be tough, especially since students are never quite sure which credits will transfer. A new agreement between the two systems will give students a better chance of receiving credit for their community college courses.    

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Local News
12:09 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Union Schools Accused Of Discriminating Against Immigrant Youth

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Union County is one of two North Carolina school districts accused of making it difficult for youth who are in the country illegally to enroll.  The Southern Poverty Law Center along with other groups filed the complaint with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. 


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Local News
12:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Snow Days Mean Shorter Spring Break For Many Students

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

How quickly the joy of a snow day disappears when all those make-up days are just around the corner. Many districts across North Carolina including CMS plan to call students back to school during spring break. Families are grumbling.    


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Local News
10:37 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

McCrory Pledges $4,200 Raises Over Two Years For Beginning Teachers

A class at Piney Grove Elementary in Charlotte.
Credit Lisa Miller

Beginning teachers in North Carolina could receive a $4,200 pay raise over the next two years under the plan announced Monday by Governor Pat McCrory. Senate and House leaders say they’re behind it. 

Teachers in their first five years receive a base pay of $30,800 dollars, not including local salary supplements. McCrory said that’s too low.    

“That’s not even enough to raise a family or pay off student loans,” said McCrory at a press conference in Guilford County, recorded by WRAL-TV.   

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