It's not unusual for public school superintendents to quit or get fired, often following a relatively-short time on the job. Last fall, CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison resigned under pressure after less than three years in Charlotte.

CMS wants to expand a program aimed at helping students at risk of dropping out to get a high school diploma.

The LIFT Academy takes students from West Charlotte High School and allows them to catch up on classes by taking online courses and receiving accelerated instruction. It has helped move West Charlotte’s graduation rate from 56 to 78 percent in two years. 

The North Carolina Board of Education gave the go ahead Thursday to twelve charter schools to open in the fall of 2016. In an unusual move, board members also turned down two schools. 

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The Director of North Carolina’s Office of Charter Schools took a new job this week. He is now the head of an online charter school that won approval from the state board of education this year. 

It made us wonder what policies the state has to ensure public employees aren’t applying for jobs with the same groups they may be vetting or negotiating contracts with. There aren’t many. 

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that a 2013 effort to do away with tenure for teachers is unconstitutional.

Two years ago, lawmakers repealed a law that allowed teachers to earn tenure after serving four years on the job. In its place, they passed a law that would do away with those job protections in 2018 and allow teachers to give it up voluntarily for a $5,000 bonus over three years.

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The rise of iPads and laptops in the classroom has people scrambling to figure out the best way to represent knowledge and teach students using this medium. There’s an explosion of online materials geared for learning, but developing good ones is still something of an art and an experiment. Davidson College is undertaking such a project using CMS students as its guinea pigs.  

 A national organization that biennially rates teacher preparation programs across the country was itself evaluated by UNC Chapel Hill researchers. The outcome was not so good.

Most of North Carolina’s local school boards are elected without any party labels attached to candidate’s names. But state lawmakers are now considering bills that would make elections for five school boards partisan. It’s something of a trend.

Education - CMS And NC

May 12, 2015

The school year may be coming to an end but education is a never-ending topic. In Charlotte and in the legislature business is pending that will affect the future of education from nearly 20 new charter schools okayed to open in the fall to the future of vouchers for private school tuition. Teacher pay continues to be a topic and the state’s A through F grading system is being debated. We take a look at those and other topics.

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So you want to go to college and major in chemistry? Didn’t think so. The number of students in the major has never been big at small liberal arts schools. Some schools, like Davidson College, are making it easier to complete a chemistry major to attract more students. 

Davidson professor Erland Stevens is teaching organic chemistry to a group of about 15 students. To an outsider, this class probably doesn’t look any different than it did a year ago – tired students following along as best they can for 8:30 a.m. But, it used to have a different name. In fact, all of Davidson’s chemistry classes have changed names as a part of a big retooling of the chemistry department.