First Drip (11/11/14): Charlotte charters miss marks, Obama pushes FCC on Net Neutrality



The nine new charter schools that opened in the Charlotte area this fall amid a rapid expansion now enroll about half the number of students they had projected, according to data released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Since fewer students enrolled in charter schools and more students enrolled in CMS schools, the district had less money available at the beginning of the year for teachers. The state should even up with CMS, but district leaders warned there was no guarantee they would be made whole.

More than 50 years after he led the integration of professional golf in the United State, Charlotte native Charlie Sifford will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on Nov. 24 at the White House.

President Obama said on Monday that a free and open Internet was as critical to Americans’ lives as electricity and telephone service and should be regulated like those utilities to protect consumers. The Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Obama said, needs to adopt the strictest rules possible to prevent broadband companies from blocking or slowing down legal content and from allowing content providers to pay for a fast lane to reach consumers.

In a #serenafriday Twitter chat, the usually tight-lipped Serena Williams opened up about several personal issues, saying that she "desperately" would like to settle down and start a family, and that she's not single by choice.

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