Education

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.


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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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Local News
10:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Belmont Abbey College To Make $1 Million In Administrative Cuts

Credit Courtesy of Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College is taking a step toward a financial model where tuition alone covers operating expenses.  Belmont Abbey’s President Bill Thierfelder says the college will cut $1 million in administrative costs to get closer to that goal. 

He says right now the college like many others spends too much on departments that tend to function in their own silos. 

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Local News
10:01 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Charter School To Close; CMS Hustles To Accomodate Students

StudentFirst charter school will close next week. CMS will have to accommodate close to 260 of their students without reimbursement.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

StudentFirst charter school in West Charlotte is closing its doors next week due to financial problems. That means CMS will have to find room for most of their 260 students to finish out the year and the school district won’t get reimbursed for that expense.

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Local News
9:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

CMS To Add Mental Health Therapists To 37 More Schools

CMS already has mental health therapists in about thirty schools. Another 37 schools will soon be getting them. 


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Local News
9:31 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Why For Every Dollar CMS Pays Charters, It Can't Make The Same Cut

Mecklenburg County commissioners got a crash course Tuesday in how charter schools are funded.  They heard CMS will likely lose more than $80 million dollars to local charter schools next year.  But if CMS no longer has the expense of educating those students, why is that chalked up as a loss for the district? 


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