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Local News
7:05 am
Wed April 9, 2014

CMS To Ask County For An Extra $27 Million For Employee Raises

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison argues for county money to cover employe pay raises.
Credit Lisa Miller

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials plan to ask the county for an extra $46 million next year. Most of that would go for a 3 percent pay raise for all CMS employees. 


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Local News
10:01 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Charter School To Close; CMS Hustles To Accomodate Students

StudentFirst charter school will close next week. CMS will have to accommodate close to 260 of their students without reimbursement.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

StudentFirst charter school in West Charlotte is closing its doors next week due to financial problems. That means CMS will have to find room for most of their 260 students to finish out the year and the school district won’t get reimbursed for that expense.

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Local News
9:22 am
Thu April 3, 2014

CMS To Add Mental Health Therapists To 37 More Schools

CMS already has mental health therapists in about thirty schools. Another 37 schools will soon be getting them. 


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Local News
9:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

CMS Board Approves Process To Select Teachers For Bonuses

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School board approved a plan Tuesday night to judge which teachers will be offered bonuses that total $5,000 over four years. CMS teachers will be awarded points for good evaluations, working in a hard-to-fill subject like math, and having an advanced degree and board certification. Growth of student test scores will not be a factor. 

Erika Ellis-Stewart voted for the plan, but said she did so grudgingly.  

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Local News
12:44 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Snow Days Mean Shorter Spring Break For Many Students

Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

How quickly the joy of a snow day disappears when all those make-up days are just around the corner. Many districts across North Carolina including CMS plan to call students back to school during spring break. Families are grumbling.    


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Education
9:16 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Davidson Elementary Class Trades Chairs For Stability Balls

Students in Mrs.Denise Addison's K-1 class at Davidson Elementary work on iPads and crossword puzzles after reading a book called The Three Wishes.
Tasnim Shamma

Take a group of kindergartners and first graders and let them bounce on exercise balls all day instead of asking them to sit still in their chairs.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, it’s happening at Davidson Elementary. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Update

There is a lot going on with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, to say the least. The state will open 11 new charter schools in August and 26 next year. There’s a new reading law and many third graders in the state may have to go to summer reading camps. Union County is looking to redistrict hundreds of students. Common Core standards and digital learning are transforming what kids learn and how they learn it. State's school report cards are due for release this week, and CMS has yet to release its long-promised school data reports. And much more. Two of the city’s education reporters join us to share updates on everything going on with CMS.

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Local News
1:11 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

State High School Exams To Delay Some First Semester Grades

CMS high school students may find a bunch of incompletes on their report cards when they get them back in a couple weeks.  It’s not their fault.  State exams will delay some first semester grades.  

High school students are taking several new state exams this week.  They’re designed to measure how much teachers get their students to learn.  To make sure kids take them seriously, the tests count for 20 percent of a student’s grade. 

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Local News
9:08 am
Wed January 15, 2014

CMS Expects 5,000 3rd-Graders In Summer Reading Camps; Seeks Flexibility

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools expects to have 5,000 third-graders qualify for reading camps this summer as a result of the state's new third grade reading requirement. District officials worry state money won't come close to covering the cost of these camps.  They’re asking the state for flexibility on the camps, as well as all the tests that come with the new third grade reading law. 


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Local News
12:36 am
Fri January 10, 2014

More CMS Schools To Give Star Teachers New Duties, Higher Pay

A class at Ashley Park. The school started using the new staffing model this year.
Credit Lisa Miller

Seventeen Charlotte Mecklenburg schools are about to try something different when it comes to staffing.  Schools will pay a handful of the best teachers up to $23,000 extra.  They won’t teach one particular class or grade.  They’ll coach other teachers and pick up lessons around the school. 


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