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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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Developing
12:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Reports: CMS Superintendent Morrison To Resign

Heath Morrison
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

There are multiple reports that CMS superintendent Heath Morrison is going to resign.

WFAE's Lisa Worf spoke to Mark Rumsey during All Things Considered from CMS headquarters, where reporters are waiting on CMS officials to release a formal statement. Here's their conversation:

WFAE has spoken to several school board members.  They said they couldn’t comment on the situation, but they didn’t seem to be caught off guard.

School board member Ericka Ellis said she won’t say anything until Morrison makes a statement of his own.

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Local News
2:15 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Teacher Turnover Stays Steady Statewide, Drops Slightly In CMS

A new state report shows about 14 percent of North Carolina public school teachers left their jobs last year. That’s close to the same as the year before.     

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Local News
9:13 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Voters To Weigh In On Sales Tax For CMS Employee Pay

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison speaks to parents, teachers, and principals at South Meck High School about the sales tax referendum.
Credit Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters will decide next week whether to increase the county’s sales tax by a quarter cent. If approved, Mecklenburg County’s sales tax would be 7.5 percent. Most of the increase would be used to boost the salaries of CMS employees. But there’s also money in there for the library system, Central Piedmont Community College and the Arts and Science Council. 

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Local News
9:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Monroe Discusses Community Relations At Town Hall

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Police departments and their relationships with their communities are under scrutiny in the aftermath of a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a forum on Tuesday, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe outlined a few of his plans to build relationships with communities.


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Local News
9:53 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

CMS Accomodates 3,300 More Students Than State Expected

CMS has had to make room for 3,300 more students than what the state projected the district would have. The opening of eleven charter schools in the area has complicated the process of coming up with enrollment numbers. CMS projections were closer to the mark, but still a ways off. 


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Local News
8:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Parents Say Charter School Closing Was Short Notice

Nine-year-old Kenyatta Booker and his mother Brandy Mmnabar. Mmnabar says she was very angry when she found out that the school would be closing down the next day when she went to pick up her son.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Friday was the last day of school for about 120 students at a charter school in east Charlotte. It's closing its doors less than three weeks after opening because of financial troubles. Parents will now have to figure out where to send their children next week.


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Local News
4:51 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Beacon Initiative To Help 14 CMS Schools Devise Turnaround Strategies


Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials are working on the latest plan to turnaround fourteen struggling schools.  Actually the way officials tout it, there will be fourteen different strategies, one tailored to each school. 

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