Education

Ways to Connect

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Learning is about making connections – not just between, say, a math concept and its real-life applications—but between teachers and students. Race sometimes gets in the way of that. In CMS, most teachers are white but most students are African-American or Latino. The district is trying to recruit more teachers of color, but it’s not easy-going.

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CMS board members decided Tuesday night to extend Superintendent Ann Clark’s contract another year until they can hire a new superintendent. That decision came after a long day for the board that illustrated just how much they have to juggle.  They got an earful from county commissioners and also from the public anxious about what a new student assignment plan may mean.

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Crossroads and Kennedy charter schools in Charlotte will close at the end of this school year. The State Board of Education made that decision Thursday. The board also approved a revised annual report on charters after the Lieutenant Governor deemed it too negative last month. And board members hired a new director to oversee the office of charter schools.

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

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Central Piedmont Community College will have a new president for the first time in more than two decades. Tony Zeiss, who led the college through a period of significant growth, announced his retirement yesterday.


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CMS board members agreed over the weekend that they should begin the search for a new superintendent. They just couldn’t decide when that search should begin.  The disagreement is whether they can work on a student assignment plan, while also trying to find someone to lead the district. 

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North Mecklenburg County residents gathered last week to discuss student assignment in the CMS system. The area’s school board representative, Rhonda Lennon, organized the meeting.

A little about Lennon’s District: It includes four high schools. Two are considered average by state grading standards. Those are Hopewell and North Meck. The others, Mallard Creek and Hough, are higher-performing schools.

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CMS students are headed back to school Wednesday morning after three snow days. Schools closed Friday as snow and sleet fell on the region. The ice started thawing Sunday and most streets were back to normal by Monday, but CMS schools remained closed.  

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How do you decide where students go to school? A CMS committee has been wrestling with that question for nearly a year now. Those board members presented their thoughts to the full board Tuesday night. The discussion wasn’t about the goals themselves, but a concern regarding the process. 

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Some students applying to UNC system schools next year may not get an outright acceptance or rejection letter. Instead, the university may say, “We’ll take you, but go to community college first.” 

More than a third of UNC system students start college, but never finish or take longer than six years to graduate. Many of these students are those whose grades and scores are just good enough to merit an acceptance. Maybe they’re not prepared or life just gets in the way.   

 

CMS is in the process of figuring out how to re-draw boundary lines for schools.  Superintendent Ann Clark said that isn’t just the district’s job, but the community’s. 

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