Wednesday March 31, 2010 | WFAE News Roundup

March 30, 2010 at 11:45 am | Posted in Coming Up | 8 Comments

We’ll take a look back at the biggest stories to hit the Charlotte region in the past month, including budget cuts all around the country and specifically in the library and the schools, how our representatives voted in the healthcare vote and how that was received, sexual harassment accusations for the City Council and more. We’ll also take a look at the stories our reporters will be watching for in the month ahead.
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Greg Collard
– News Director, WFAE
Lisa Miller – Reporter, WFAE
Julie Rose – Reporter, WFAE

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  1. Someone once told me that the team was doing this because they did not have enough material to do a whole show but I like having and hour of local news in the morning.

    • Van – thanks for your comments. We enjoy doing the show.
      Greg Collad

  2. I urge you to give more attention to Obama’s education reform effort. North Carolina is applying for funds but to receive these funds states must promise to increase the number of charter schools.

    Unfortunately the best evidence is that, on average, charter schools perform no better, and often worse than public schools. This should not be surprising as oversight of charter schools is often poor and they are not held to the same standards as other public schools.

    Many in the media tout the accomplishments of charter schools that do succeed but ignore the many that don’t. They also rarely point out that successful charter programs may not be models that can be adapted on a large scale, which is the rationale for creating charter schools in the first place.

    The public rarely hears these facts yet we are about to pour millions more into this unproven approach in the belief that it will be the magic solution we have been searching for, not just another fad to waste money on.

    • Bernie – Don’t take this as an endorsement or criticism of charter schools, but at first glance you may have a point in regard to the media. It does seem that we pay a lot more attention to the successful charter schools (here’s a story we did last year on Lake Norman Charter School – http://www.wfae.org/wfae/19_100_0.cfm?id=4747&action=display).

      By the way, 8 of 11 charters schools met AYP standards last year under the No Child Left Behind Act. In our story, we pointed out the three that didn’t – Charlotte Secondary, Crossroads Charter High School and Kennedy Charter Public School. Of course, the significance of not meeting AYP standards is a subject of much debate. Many believe this system unfairly labels schools. Thanks for your comments, and thanks for listening.
      Greg Collard
      News Director

  3. Just to clarify the number of positions to be cut at the Library according to the Library’s Human Resources Director’s email to staff: “As many of you may know, we have completed the process of rescinding staff lay-offs. While the PowerPoint presented to the Library Board of Trustees on Wednesday did read 82-84 “people” in Scenario 2, Slide 12, it should have read 82-84 “FTEs”. The PowerPoint represented a planning document which was presented to the public. When it came time to implement the plan and make up the $793,597, we used FTEs ( which also includes benefits costs) in order to retain the highest number of full-time staff and still stay within the figure needed to balance the equation. Thus 28 staff were asked to return which made the total number of FTEs laid-off 84, but 120 people. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused to staff.” So a major impact on total staff and services of the Library. Badgerclaw
    Comment by Library – March 31, 2010 9:22 AM

  4. Does anyone know anything about Jeff Doctor, the Democratic candidate for the 9th distric?

    Spigot, not spicket!

  5. Schools, libraries, debt on buildings & roads, water treatment facilities. . . these are all longterm costs resulting from growth.

    Please note the disconnect between the reality we are now experiencing and the nonsensical trope that ‘Growth pays for itself’ and/or ‘Growth is good’.

  6. I couldnt agree with you more…


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