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Last week almost to the day of the one year anniversary of House Bill 2, a children’s book made some news. “Jacob’s New Dress" was initially picked to be a part of first graders' reading selection in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.  But it was pulled after a teacher reportedly complained. Superintendent Ann Clark issued a vague statement citing “concerns” about the book.

What those concerns are exactly, depends on who you ask. The book’s main character is Jacob, a young boy who likes to wear dresses. The book explores how he navigates being picked on in school for doing so. Sarah and Ian Hoffman are the coauthors of the book; they live in California. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to them about the decision to remove the book.

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Amendments to the policies that govern student reassignment and transfer requests will get a first reading at Tuesday night's Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board meeting. CMS board members will also take a first look at an update to the policy that seeks to make the district’s curriculum more culturally inclusive of all students.

Several hundred South Mecklenburg High School students defied school faculty by walking out of class Friday morning, chanting and waving Mexican national flags and at times causing chaos according to students on social media.

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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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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. 

 

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.