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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools plans to review bus stop and transportation safety procedures after an Olympic High School student was struck and killed Tuesday morning as she was crossing the street to board a bus.

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CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox plans to ask for $9 million to secure schools. According to the Charlotte Observer, Wilcox said the district would use it for fencing campuses, improving surveillance, and "hardening doorways." The topic came up at a meeting between the CMS board and Matthews’ town commissioners Tuesday night. Wilcox didn’t give any other information about the plan.

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CMS released a report last month showing that huge achievement gaps exist in district schools along racial and economic lines. School officials are asking for public input on how to narrow this gap as they set goals for the next six years. They are holding a series of meetings with the first one held today.

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CMPD is investigating threats to two CMS schools that police believe were made by students. A 14-year-old female student at Southwest Middle School in Steele Creek was arrested in connection with a threat found on the social media site Snapchat. This comes two weeks after a 19-year-old shot and killed 17 students and teachers at a Florida high school. Assistant Chief Vicki Foster said that’s part of the reason officers are hyper-aware.

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Figuring out what is the best time for schools to open is something parents and schools officials don’t always agree on. Many studies show that later school start times have many benefits including better student performance in the classroom, lower absenteeism rates, improved mental health and fewer auto accidents for older students.

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The national debate over school safety continues in the wake of tragedies including the fatal shootings of 17 people earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  There are strong calls for stricter gun control measures and a growing debate over the idea of arming teachers and school staffers.   Monday evening, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox and CMPD Chief Kerr Putney will participate in a Facebook Live event to address school safety. 

LISA WORF: What do you think of the idea of arming teachers?

FILE: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board of education.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board of education vice chair Rhonda Cheek says that the school’s equity report, which found students at high poverty schools and students of color were falling behind, offered more profound insights on absenteeism and gauging high-quality teachers than those two takeaways.

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Republican leaders of the General Assembly say they have reached a deal to give school districts statewide more time to reduce class sizes for kindergarten through third grades.

The proposal, which still needs approval, also includes more money to keep art, music and physical education teachers in the classroom.

All this is good news for North Carolina's public schools.  

But it comes with some controversial political strings attached.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members voted 7-2 Tuesday night to increase support for LGBTQ students by expanding the district’s multiculturalism policy. The vote followed a public hearing on the matter that was heated and, at times, combative. 

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It’s not clear if North Carolina lawmakers convening in special session this week will address the k-3 reduced class size legislation. But Wake County Democrat Rep. Jay Chaudhouri says he plans to introduce a bill Wednesday that returns the maximum number of students allowed in classes in those grades to 24.

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