CMS

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. 

David Boraks / WFAE

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.

Ann Doss Helms / Charlotte Observer

The CMS school board meeting had a surprise ending Monday night. The board released a draft of guiding principles for student assignment. This is a big step that took more than a year of discussion to make. The draft includes continuing the policy of guaranteeing access to “home schools” and makes socioeconomic status a factor in magnet lotteries. 

The CMS student assignment debate has generated a lot of discussion. School board meetings have been packed. Board members have also hosted forums in their own districts. We recently aired a discussion from one meeting in north Mecklenburg. Now we hear from a forum at West Charlotte High School.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Project LIFT plans to continue working with West Charlotte High School and the schools that feed into it for at least a sixth year. 

The schools have seen only slight improvements in test scores since Project LIFT started nearly four years ago. But the group of philanthropists and community members say they’ve seen enough positive results to believe giving the strategies more time to develop will lead to strong outcomes.

It's our 70th edition of WFAE Talks. Greg, Lisa, and Tom discuss North Carolina's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate general election races, plus the looming 12th Congressional District Democratic primary between incumbent Alma Adams and Malcolm Graham.

They also discuss the movement in Matthews to explore secession from CMS. And speaking of CMS, district officials made a big mistake with its community student assignment survey.

CMS student assignment discussions have prompted three town councils to weigh in on the matter. Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville have passed resolutions that every student should be guaranteed a seat in a school close to home. This week, Matthews’ council took it a step further.    

Charlotte Mecklenburg School leaders hope to get a bond referendum on the ballot soon.  This week they laid out about $2 billion worth of building, renovation and maintenance projects on their to-do list. It’s up to county commissioners to decide on the timing of a bond package and what fraction of that is pressing enough to put before voters. 

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