Lisa Worf

Reporter

Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE.  She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio.  Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.  She covers several different areas with a focus on education. 

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WFAE Talks
2:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Political Tiffs And The Golden Nut

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Commissioner Pat Cotham wants to head the Mecklengburg County Commission again one year after her colleagues ousted her from the role. She believes the election results show people want her in charge, although it appears unlikely to happen. Greg, Lisa, and Ben also discuss why CMS board Chairwoman Mary McCray went out of her way to make clear that only one member of the board wanted former Superintendent Heath Morrison to keep his job. Plus, the intense competition for what's called the Golden Nut Award.

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Local News
9:32 am
Thu November 20, 2014

McCray: Eight of Us Agreed Morrison Should Go

Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

The CMS school board held its first meeting last night since board members approved a separation agreement with former Superintendent Heath Morrison. There was little mention of the drama over the past three weeks, except for a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting. 

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Local News
3:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

State Releases Salary Information Of Charter School Holdouts

The Charter Advisory Board vets applications for new charters.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

The salaries of public school employees are public information, but some charter schools have resisted supplying those records. It took a directive from the governor and a warning from the North Carolina Board of Education to get names and salaries of school staff from a few holdouts. 

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Local News
9:05 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

More Insight Into Morrison's Exit

CMS Board Attorney George Battle III

  

It’s been a week since the CMS school board approved Heath Morrison’s separation agreement.  Board members have still not publicly addressed allegations against Morrison, but school board attorney George Battle III is giving some insight into what prompted him to launch an investigation. We’re getting a better picture of how the investigation unfolded and how board members reacted to it.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins  All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey now:


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Local News
2:20 am
Thu November 13, 2014

CMS Board Attorney Explains How Morrison Investigation Unfolded

More details about the investigation that led to Heath Morrison’s departure as Superintendent of CMS are emerging. The school board’s attorney George Battle says it involved a call from an outside lawyer who does some work for the district. 

That lawyer was Kevin Bringewatt. He has a small firm in Davidson and does a lot of legal work for CMS involving real estate.  Battle says he received a call from him October 10th. 

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Local News
3:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

New Charlotte Area Charter Schools Have Fewer Students Than Expected

Concrete Roses STEM Academy closed one month after the start of the school year.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

New charter schools in the Charlotte area only received two-thirds of the students they expected this year. 

Nine charter schools opened this year in the Charlotte area.  Concrete Roses STEM Academy closed after the first month.  The remaining schools expected to receive about 2,400 students, but according to the state department of public instruction only 1,643 enrolled. 

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Local News
6:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Morrison Informed Of Findings Before Board Could Discuss Firing Him, Lennon Says

The board convened to vote on Morrison's separation agreement last Thursday.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

A lot of questions remain about Heath Morrison’s departure as Superintendent of CMS, but it’s becoming clearer how that process went down. For one, CMS school board member Rhonda Lennon says he gave his resignation before the board could even discuss firing him. She says Morrison did that after he was given an outline of allegations against him. 


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WFAE Talks
5:39 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

WFAE Talks Heath Morrison Resignation, Patrick Cannon's Discounted Vote, Election Results

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The election was big. No surprise there. But the resignation of CMS superintendent Heath Morrison and more legal trouble for former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon were certainly unexpected. News Director Greg Collard, and reporters Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss in this week's WFAE Talks.

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Local News
3:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

CMS Board Approves Morrison's Resignation; Keeps Quiet On Details

The CMS board votes 6-3 to approve Morrison's resignation.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Heath Morrison and CMS have officially parted ways after two and a half years. The board met for nearly two hours in closed session Thursday and approved a separation agreement. But the deal does not include severance pay.    

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Local News
4:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Mecklenburg Voters Say 'No' To Sales Tax

Marinn Bengel with Together 4 Meck tells reporters people still support higher teacher pay even though sales tax failed. She's flanked by CMS Board Chairwoman Mary McCray and Tracy Russ.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters did not approve a quarter cent sales tax that would have gone mostly to raise CMS employee pay.  Sixty-one percent of voters said 'no' to that.  

The sales tax didn’t have much organized opposition.  The idea just didn’t take. It lost in precincts throughout the county, save for one in Davidson and a few neighborhoods just southeast of uptown. 

A group called Together 4 Meck sprung into action to advocate for the tax.

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