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Updated 1:58 p.m.
A bus driver and 14 students had minor injuries Tuesday morning when a Charlotte Mecklenburg school bus went off the road and nearly struck a house in east Charlotte.  

Crafting CMS's student assignment plan will be a two-year process. The board released a timeline Tuesday that shows CMS will first find ways to increase students' access to magnet schools and programs. At Tuesday's board meeting, CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said that accomplishes several things. 

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The CMS board is used to getting dressed down from upset parents and community members. It can now add Mecklenburg County Commissioners to that list. Tuesday, the commissioners dashed any glimmer of hope the school board had for a bond package on this fall's ballot.

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CMS board members have long discussed a new student assignment plan, but only in broad terms. Soon, things are going to get specific as they begin coming up with an actual plan. Michael Alves is the consultant who's going to help the board do that, charging $135,000 to do so. 

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Mecklenburg County commissioners have made it clear they don't want to put school bonds before voters this fall. Still, CMS Superintendent Ann Clark is making the case to do that, but with a dose of reality. She's meeting with commissioners Tuesday afternoon to talk budgets. 

  "In some ways, I hope we get to a win-win solution. That may not be a bond in 2016, but is a commitment on the part of the county to begin addressing some of these capital needs," says Clark.

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CMS had been coming up with guidance to give schools on how to handle transgender students. That work started before House Bill 2 surfaced requiring students to use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate, before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled otherwise, and the federal government issued its own guidelines. CMS is now holding off on its work, at least for now. 

Lisa Worf

CMS has hired a lot of consultants over the years without much attention. But that isn’t the case with the board’s latest selection. After all, it has to do with student assignment.  The CMS board voted Tuesday night to pay Alves Educational Consultants Group $135,000 to help design a plan.   

Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

The CMS board has been greeted by an emotional public the last few months, as it’s gone through the early phases of the student assignment process.

At a public hearing Wednesday night, that emotion subsided a bit to make way for questions about the board’s draft of principles for a new assignment plan. Most of the 200 or so people who turned out approached the principles with a mix of support and skepticism. 

Update: The police report indicates the former student was 13 years old when he says the sexual assault happened. 

The band director at West Charlotte high school has been arrested after a former student accused him of sexual assault. 

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CMS has hired a Charlotte company to do environmental tests around Hopewell High School in Huntersville. The testing comes as families and local officials puzzle over a large number of cases of eye cancer in recent years.

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