Mark Rumsey reports on anticipated Mecklenburg County budget discussions.
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.
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 schools have a dire need for social workers, psychologists and other mental health care professionals.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.