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There are two dates that loom large for parents, teachers, students and administrators in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The first is August 14, the self-imposed deadline for the General Assembly to agree on a state budget. The second, just 10 days later, is the first day of school.

Without a set budget, schools have a hard time planning for the academic year and they may have to start cutting programs now just in case. As for the budget negotiations, they're not going so well. At least not yet.

Several Project LIFT schools on Charlotte’s west side are trying to fill about twenty highly-paid teaching jobs. Those teachers won’t have their own classes but will rotate between classrooms, coach beginning teachers, and work in small groups with students. The jobs come with as much as a $23,000 salary boost. 

Ranson IB Middle School has used the staffing model for the past two years. The school’s principal Allison Harris says it allows all students to benefit from the knowledge of veteran teachers. She says beginning teachers especially appreciate the help. 

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Sexting is nothing new for teenagers. Nor is having those pictures end up on the devices of those they weren’t meant for. That’s what recently happened to several girls in north Mecklenburg County. But their stories are a bit different. Their photos were uploaded to a site that was distributed to students at several schools. It’s a type of sexting case that has become more common across the country. 

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Homework doesn’t get such great reviews from kids. But many researchers also have complaints about it. With that in mind, the CMS school board will vote on a change to its policy on homework tonight. It’s not a big change.  In fact, it comes down to two words. 

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry in the studio.

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Another Charlotte area charter school has abruptly shut down. Entrepreneur High School, which focused on vocational training, closed down Friday after just 5 months in operation. 

The viability of Entrepreneur High was in question even before the first student walked through the door. The school received the lowest possible rating on a ‘ready to open’ report from the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools.   

Still, Entrepreneur was given the green light to open. And now it is closed.

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CMS released hundreds of emails this week that several media organization requested after former Superintendent Heath Morrison’s abrupt departure. They leave many questions unanswered, but do reveal some friction between Morrison’s top people and the attorney who led the investigation into him.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to discuss.


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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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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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?"

  

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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