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Local News
12:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

CMS Deputy Superintendent Addresses Concerns, Questions After Morrison's Departure

Ann Clark

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools board has come under heavy criticism for the way it's handled the departure of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. The board hasn't addressed the specific reasons it wanted Morrison to leave. Much of the information we do have comes from an internal report leaked to the Charlotte Observer. Acting Superintendent Ann Clark joined Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins to discuss these concerns and her goals moving forward. 

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Local News
9:32 am
Thu November 20, 2014

McCray: Eight of Us Agreed Morrison Should Go

Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

The CMS school board held its first meeting last night since board members approved a separation agreement with former Superintendent Heath Morrison. There was little mention of the drama over the past three weeks, except for a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting. 

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Local News
2:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Seriously? 'Bootie' Question On Ardrey Kell Biology Worksheet

A CMS high school has stopped using a worksheet that includes a racially offensive genetics question.     

A teacher at Ardrey Kell High School in south Charlotte apparently used the genetics worksheet in a biology class. Here’s the question at issue:

 "LaShamanda has a heterozygous big bootie, the dominant trait. Her man Fontavius has a small bootie which is recessive. They get married and have a baby named LaPrincess. What is the probability that LaPrincess will inherit her mama's big bootie?"

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Local News
9:05 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

More Insight Into Morrison's Exit

CMS Board Attorney George Battle III

  

It’s been a week since the CMS school board approved Heath Morrison’s separation agreement.  Board members have still not publicly addressed allegations against Morrison, but school board attorney George Battle III is giving some insight into what prompted him to launch an investigation. We’re getting a better picture of how the investigation unfolded and how board members reacted to it.

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


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Local News
2:20 am
Thu November 13, 2014

CMS Board Attorney Explains How Morrison Investigation Unfolded

More details about the investigation that led to Heath Morrison’s departure as Superintendent of CMS are emerging. The school board’s attorney George Battle says it involved a call from an outside lawyer who does some work for the district. 

That lawyer was Kevin Bringewatt. He has a small firm in Davidson and does a lot of legal work for CMS involving real estate.  Battle says he received a call from him October 10th. 

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Local News
6:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Morrison Informed Of Findings Before Board Could Discuss Firing Him, Lennon Says

The board convened to vote on Morrison's separation agreement last Thursday.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

A lot of questions remain about Heath Morrison’s departure as Superintendent of CMS, but it’s becoming clearer how that process went down. For one, CMS school board member Rhonda Lennon says he gave his resignation before the board could even discuss firing him. She says Morrison did that after he was given an outline of allegations against him. 


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Local News
3:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

CMS Board Approves Morrison's Resignation; Keeps Quiet On Details

The CMS board votes 6-3 to approve Morrison's resignation.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Heath Morrison and CMS have officially parted ways after two and a half years. The board met for nearly two hours in closed session Thursday and approved a separation agreement. But the deal does not include severance pay.    

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Local News
4:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Mecklenburg Voters Say 'No' To Sales Tax

Marinn Bengel with Together 4 Meck tells reporters people still support higher teacher pay even though sales tax failed. She's flanked by CMS Board Chairwoman Mary McCray and Tracy Russ.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters did not approve a quarter cent sales tax that would have gone mostly to raise CMS employee pay.  Sixty-one percent of voters said 'no' to that.  

The sales tax didn’t have much organized opposition.  The idea just didn’t take. It lost in precincts throughout the county, save for one in Davidson and a few neighborhoods just southeast of uptown. 

A group called Together 4 Meck sprung into action to advocate for the tax.

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Education
6:03 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Questions Pile Up Surrounding Morrison Resignation

CMS School Board Chairman Mary McCray finally spoke to reporters late Tuesday regarding the sudden resignation of Superintendent Heath Morrison.  However, all she said was  she had nothing to say.

"I know that you have many questions at this time.  But we’re unable to answer those and will be available as soon as we have information of value to share," McCray said at the Government Center.


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Breaking
6:15 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

CMS Superintendent Morrison Resigns, Cites Family, Mother

Heath Morrison
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison says he’s resigning to spend more time with his family and take care of his mother. The school board will meet Thursday to vote on the details of the separation agreement. 

The reports began circulating yesterday morning that Morrison may be on his way out. The school board finally confirmed them in the evening. That was after reporters had camped out at CMS headquarters through the afternoon and after some awkward press briefings in which CMS staff had no news to report.

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