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Mechelle Vaughn

In July, WFAE’s Charlotte Talks held a public conversation on the city’s escalating murder rate. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney and other panelists talked about how there’s a lot of anger in people that has roots in their very early years. That made second-grade teacher Mechelle Vaughn stand up and say what she sees in her classroom.

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CMS will soon receive its first private donation to fund the district’s cultural proficiency initiative. CMS started the program last summer and so far most of the district’s principals and a quarter of teachers have enrolled. 

Clayton Wilcox, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools superintendent
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In an interview with WFAE's Charlotte Talks, CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox sought to cast himself as a strong, yet sensitive new leader in the school district and urged voters to support what would be the largest bond referendum in CMS history on the upcoming November ballot.

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Monday is the big day for the total eclipse, but it is also the day that CMS bus drivers will begin practice runs of their routes so any kinks can be worked out. Bus drivers are still needed but district officials say they are in much better shape than this time last year.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police have charged a Charlotte school teacher with sexually assaulting two children. 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

 

Most school districts don't have an ombudsman to handle complaints. But CMS got its first one this month. Earnest Winston says he sees his role as a way to provide families with the information they need in order to be "empowered and engaged." His hiring has drawn controversy. 

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CMS’ third lottery for magnet school programs ended last month and district officials say applications are up by 35 percent from last year. The district made changes to the lottery for the magnet program this year to create more diversity at these schools, but it didn’t change things much.

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New Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is drawing scrutiny for creating a new position in the school system and hiring the husband of his chief of staff to fill it. Both followed him to Charlotte from the Hagerstown, Md., school system.

In an interview with WSOC TV, Wilcox was asked whether the job had been posted, or if the school system had accepted applications from anyone else for the position.

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Monday was Clayton Wilcox’s first full day on the job as CMS superintendent. He was sworn in that morning after spending almost four months learning how the district operates and observing the often contentious student assignment plan process.

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An after school program that serves low-income students may be cut if the Trump Administration has its way.  

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