Education

Education
9:16 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Davidson Elementary Class Trades Chairs For Stability Balls

Students in Mrs.Denise Addison's K-1 class at Davidson Elementary work on iPads and crossword puzzles after reading a book called The Three Wishes.
Tasnim Shamma

Take a group of kindergartners and first graders and let them bounce on exercise balls all day instead of asking them to sit still in their chairs.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, it’s happening at Davidson Elementary. 


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Local News
10:49 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Gov. McCrory Headlines Charlotte School Choice Rally

N.C. Governor Pat McCrory (R) speaking at a school choice rally Thursday at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

Governor Pat McCrory headlined a school choice rally Thursday morning in Charlotte. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports the governor used the opportunity to promote his education agenda.

Governor McCrory spoke to a friendly crowd at the Carolinas Aviation Museum ---about 150 people sporting bright orange scarves provided by the organizers. His message was clear: choice makes education stronger.

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Local News
10:48 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Union County Parents Gear Up To Fight School Redistricting

About 1,200 parents come to last night's school board meeting to protest redistricting plans. They filled the school auditorium and the overflow went to the gym.
Lisa Miller

If you live in western Union County, you’re well acquainted with the words ‘school redistricting.’ For many years the district scrambled to build schools to keep up with all the growth, re-drawing attendance lines as new schools opened. 

Now many schools are filling up again.  The school board is mulling a plan to ease the overcrowding by shifting nearly 6,000 students to different schools.  Many parents are mad.   


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Green Teacher Network & Brazilian Artist Henrique Oliveira

A work by Henrique Oliveira.
Henrique Oliveira

Today we go from a group of teachers working to green up the school system to a man who uses plants to make amazing works of art. The Green Teacher Network aims to expand school gardens across the CMS System. Supporters say the gardens reduce nature deficit disorder, childhood obesity and help children learn better, thereby closing the achievement gap. We'll meet several members of the network. Then we meet Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira. He takes strips of wood and makes massive, complex and mesmerizing works of art. Join us for a very green version of Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
9:41 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Union School Board Considers Redistricting

Nearly 6,000 students in Union County could end up in different schools next year.  The Union County school board is considering a plan to re-draw attendance zones of many schools to ease overcrowding and make way for expected growth.  That has caused an uproar among parents. 


 

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Local News
9:26 am
Fri January 17, 2014

$10 Million To Go To Placing More College Advisors In NC Rural Schools

Sometimes it’s not enough to encourage kids to go to college.  It takes some guidance to navigate the whole application process.  With that in mind, the John M Belk Endowment has donated $10 million to put college counselors in sixty low-income, rural high schools across the state. 

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Local News
1:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

State High School Exams To Delay Some First Semester Grades

CMS high school students may find a bunch of incompletes on their report cards when they get them back in a couple weeks.  It’s not their fault.  State exams will delay some first semester grades.  

High school students are taking several new state exams this week.  They’re designed to measure how much teachers get their students to learn.  To make sure kids take them seriously, the tests count for 20 percent of a student’s grade. 

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WFAE Talks
12:48 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

WFAE Talks, Episode 1: 3rd-Grade Reading, Fracking Rules And A Highlighter Explosion

This is the first edition of our new weekly podcast. We're calling it WFAE Talks. News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss topics and people in the news. Consider it a behind-the-scenes discussion and analysis of some of the issues you hear addressed on WFAE. You'll also get some insight into our general newsroom banter.

This week Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss concerns about the mandates of North Carolina's 3rd grade reading requirement, the chemicals that gas drilling companies don't have to reveal to state regulators, and a possible highlighter explosion in Charlotte (you'll have to listen to see what we're talking about).

WFAE Talks: Greg Collard, Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford.

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Local News
9:08 am
Wed January 15, 2014

CMS Expects 5,000 3rd-Graders In Summer Reading Camps; Seeks Flexibility

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools expects to have 5,000 third-graders qualify for reading camps this summer as a result of the state's new third grade reading requirement. District officials worry state money won't come close to covering the cost of these camps.  They’re asking the state for flexibility on the camps, as well as all the tests that come with the new third grade reading law. 


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Local News
12:36 am
Fri January 10, 2014

More CMS Schools To Give Star Teachers New Duties, Higher Pay

A class at Ashley Park. The school started using the new staffing model this year.
Credit Lisa Miller

Seventeen Charlotte Mecklenburg schools are about to try something different when it comes to staffing.  Schools will pay a handful of the best teachers up to $23,000 extra.  They won’t teach one particular class or grade.  They’ll coach other teachers and pick up lessons around the school. 


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