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7:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

JCSU's Carter Pushes To Loosen Standards For Federal PLUS Loans

Congressman Mel Watt (D-12), talks about the "strange and marginal" connection between the mortgage foreclosures of 2008 and denial of Parent PLUS loans. "It was the housing meltdown that led to a number of these parents in a position where they did not qualify under the revised Parent PLUS standards," Watt says.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Johnson C. Smith University President Ron Carter is urging the Department of Education to reconsider changes to the Federal Parent PLUS loan. Carter blames those changes for the school's recent three million dollar budget cut.

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9:56 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Parents, Teachers Participate In 'Walk-In' Events Across NC

Mt. Mourne IB Principal Boen Nutting talks to parents as part of "Walk-In" activities.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Many schools across North Carolina staged something called a walk-in Monday.  It was in lieu of a one-day strike that some teachers had been contemplating to protest stagnant wages, elimination of tenure, and an increase in standardized testing. 


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5:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Johnson C. Smith University Lays Off Staff In $3 Million Of Budget Cuts

Johnson C. Smith University president Ron Carter announces the layoffs Thursday afternoon.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

Johnson C. Smith University trimmed its budget by $3 million this week. The Charlotte school announced Thursday it had laid off 21 employees and had eliminated or frozen 30 other positions.


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3:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

CMS Board Candidate Forum

12 candidates for CMS school board participate in a forum moderated by WFAE's Lisa Miller.
Credit Michael Tomsic

A more analytical approach to a massive budget, more input from a neighborhood before closing a school, and a lot more lawmakers in Raleigh who agree with educators in Charlotte.

Those are a few things candidates for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board called for Thursday night at a public forum hosted by WFAE and MeckEd.

There are 12 candidates running for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s six district seats.

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2:52 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

National Report Shows Tuition In NC Rising Fast But Still Relatively Cheap

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The cost of going to a public university has been rising faster in North Carolina than in most other states, but it's still relatively cheap here compared to the rest of the country. Those are a few highlights from a report the College Board released Wednesday.


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9:46 am
Wed October 23, 2013

CMS Rolls Out Plans For Several New Programs, Magnets Next Year

Hundreds of Charlotte Mecklenburg School students could have more schools to choose from next year.  They include classes on college campuses and another Montessori magnet.  Tuesday night, CMS officials rolled out plans for the new programs.   


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9:38 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Twelve CMS School Board Candidates Compete For Five District Seats

Five CMS district seats are up for grabs this election.  Current board members say they’ve seen the board through difficult financial times and are eager to forge ahead with a new superintendent. Their challengers say there’s room for improvement.  WFAE together with MeckEd will hold a public forum with eleven of the candidates this Thursday evening. The moderator of the event is WFAE’s Lisa Miller. She joins Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt for a preview. 

KK:  So one big difference from the last election is we have a different superintendent. 

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9:27 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Union County Appeals $91 Million School Verdict

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The dispute between Union County and its schools is not finished.  Union County commissioners have decided to appeal the jury’s verdict that the county owes the district $91 million. 


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9:24 am
Tue October 15, 2013

CMS To Weigh Late Schedules, But Long Days Likely To Stay

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools start and end times have made for some heated debate since the district added 45 minutes to the elementary school day.  Superintendent Heath Morrison says he’s not willing to shorten the day by much.

Two years ago, CMS officials lengthened the school day for elementary students to seven hours and pushed dismissals at many schools to 4:15.  With those adjustments one bus could serve more schools. 

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7:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Jury Decides Union County Owes Its Schools $91 Million

Union County Courthouse
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Union County Public Schools has scored a victory.  After a two-month long trial, a jury has decided Union County owes the district a whopping $91 million. 

“To be perfectly honest, I’m in awe and humbled at the number,” says school board chairman Richard Yercheck. 

“I think whoever tells you they’re not surprised at a verdict of $91 million would be lying to you,” says attorney Richard Schwartz who represented the district.

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