© 2024 WFAE

Mailing Address:
8801 J.M. Keynes Dr. Ste. 91
Charlotte NC 28262
Tax ID: 56-1803808
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Project LIFT Gets Funding For A Seventh Year

West Charlotte High School
Lisa Worf
Project LIFT includes West Charlotte High School and all the elementary, middle, and k-8 schools that feed into it.

Project LIFT, a public-private partnership aimed at improving Charlotte schools, has received extra money to continue its work with West Charlotte High School and the schools that feed into it for a seventh year.

Project LIFT had some big goals when it was initially conceived. A group of philanthropists and community members gave $55 million to significantly raise test scores and graduation rates at some CMS schools within five years. 

West Charlotte now has a graduation rate close to that goal, 88 percent, but test scores there and at the nine schools that feed into it have seen only slight improvements. Last year, the Project LIFT board decided to extend funding for another year. The board has raised $6.5 million for the 2018-19 school year. 

“Though [the effort] was more complicated than we ever could have imagined, our support was — and continues to be — unwavering,” Project Lift co-chair Stick Williams said in a statement. 

Some of the money will go toward replicating programs that have worked in the 10 Project LIFT schools and extending them to some of the 19 other schools that will make up the new Project LIFT zone next year. That includes creating new positions that help coach teachers.

Project LIFT leaders refer to next year as a transitional one as they get ready to operate with fewer private dollars. 

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.