Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio will present her budget recommendations for the coming year to county commissioners Tuesday.  This year’s county budget process comes at a time when funding for public education is in the spotlight. 

Marchers on Bicentennial Mall in Raleigh Wednesday headed toward the state legislature.
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Thousands of educators from across North Carolina gathered Wednesday at the state capitol in Raleigh to join the March for Students and Rally for Respect. Their message about the need for better pay and increased school funding was loud and clear. The response from Republican legislative leaders was a promise of more raises - but also a campaign to correct what they call misinformation about their efforts.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers will have an “optional” workday May 16 as the district prepares for the possibility of a statewide protest in Raleigh.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members are considering a budget for next year that includes $4.4 million to hire 60 additional school counselors, social workers and psychologists. This comes after the fatal school shootings in Parkland, Florida.

At a town hall, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board members discuss HB514 and the town of Matthews.
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CMS leaders took questions last night from parents and community members about a bill that would allow the towns of Matthews and Mint Hill to create their own charter schools. CMS board members told about 100 people gathered at Providence High School that HB514 presented a lot of uncertainties. 

Students at David W. Butler High School in Matthews left their first period classes to protest gun violence at schools.
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Students in cities and towns across North Carolina walked out of class today calling on lawmakers and politicians to take greater action to curb school gun violence.

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Students are planning to walk out of at least 10 schools in the Charlotte metro area Friday as thousands of others are doing so nationwide. They are demanding legislative action to prevent school shootings on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre that left 13 victims dead.  

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Clayton Wilcox presented an ambitious budget to school board members last night that will require an increase of $40 million from the county. Wilcox’s budget calls for additional security at schools, a pay raise for teachers and more mental health care support for students.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS budget discussions begin Wednesday night with the unveiling of the superintendent’s proposed spending plan for next fiscal year.


Increasing the number of school psychologists has come up as one way to make schools safer. The National Association of School Psychologists says there should be one school psychologist per 700 students. But in North Carolina the average is 1 per 2,100 students.