Education

Ways to Connect

CMS student assignment discussions have prompted three town councils to weigh in on the matter. Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville have passed resolutions that every student should be guaranteed a seat in a school close to home. This week, Matthews’ council took it a step further.

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UNC System President Margaret Spellings took a tour or UNC Charlotte’s campus Monday and talked to students as part of her promise to visit all system campuses when she was hired.

North Carolina’s charter school law doesn’t get much more basic than this: all charters must be operated by a board that has federal tax-exempt status. Charlotte Choice Charter lost that status recently. That earned the school the scrutiny of the state’s charter advisory board Tuesday.

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UNC-Chapel Hill will pay a $1 million penalty for exceeding the system’s cap on out-of-state students. The Board of Governors approved the fine at its meeting Friday.

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Federal funding is running out for a program that provided many students in Iredell-Statesville Schools with laptops and a tailored approach to learning. District officials say they will keep it going.

Charlotte Mecklenburg School leaders hope to get a bond referendum on the ballot soon. This week they laid out about $2 billion worth of building, renovation and maintenance projects on their to-do list . It’s up to county commissioners to decide on the timing of a bond package and what fraction of that is pressing enough to put before voters.

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CMS officials have begun drafting guidelines for how the district will draw new school attendance zones. The student assignment process will be designed to address several goals, including reducing the number of schools that have high concentrations of poor and high-needs children. A new study could give CMS leaders another point to consider.

CMS board members finally have goals to help guide the student assignment process. They aren’t much different than the ones they drafted last month. The goals include reducing concentrations of poverty in schools.

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Correction Appended 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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