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9:24 am
Tue October 15, 2013

CMS To Weigh Late Schedules, But Long Days Likely To Stay

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools start and end times have made for some heated debate since the district added 45 minutes to the elementary school day.  Superintendent Heath Morrison says he’s not willing to shorten the day by much.

Two years ago, CMS officials lengthened the school day for elementary students to seven hours and pushed dismissals at many schools to 4:15.  With those adjustments one bus could serve more schools. 

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10:48 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Atty. General Says He'll Challenge Gov. McCrory

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told Democratic Party activists Saturday he’ll run for governor in three years.  Appearing Saturday at the Democrats’ Western Gala in Asheville, Cooper said it's too early to make a formal announcement, but he’s ready to challenge first-term Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

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Local News
8:48 am
Wed October 2, 2013

North Carolina Looks To Ease Up On Some Standardized Tests

Standardized testing is nothing new in schools, but over the last several years the amount of it has significantly increased as the push for accountability has picked up. 

The state of North Carolina now administers 49 exams to students.  Some people in high positions have joined the backlash against all this testing and now the state is looking at ways to ease up a bit. 

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Local News
9:25 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Charlotte Schools Put The Press On Dads To Help

Hawk Dads catch up after helping out with carpool lane.
Lisa Miller

Schools often try to get parents more involved in their children’s education.  Mothers tend to be the ones who heed the call.  For whatever reason, you don’t see many fathers around school.  Across the country, there are efforts to change that. 

Advocates say a father’s presence helps convince kids school is important and makes sure they keep to the straight and narrow.  A few schools around Charlotte have begun recruiting dads to help out at school. 


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2:22 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Rumblings Of Extending Cutoff Date For Master’s Pay

Credit Lisa Miller

Hundreds of teachers in masters programs have a dilemma.  They’ve paid thousands of dollars for courses thinking it will pay off with a 10 percent automatic pay hike.  But North Carolina lawmakers eliminated that this year, so only teachers who get their masters before the cutoff date next year will still get the salary increase. 

Republican Representative Bill Brawley of Matthews said at a Charlotte Observer forum this week he’ll push to extend that cutoff date. 

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Local News
9:51 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Universities Help Teachers Get Masters Before Pay Hike Cut Off

Credit Lisa Miller

Next year North Carolina teachers will no longer get a 10 percent automatic pay hike for earning their master’s degrees.  So the race is on for those teachers in graduate programs right now. Universities are trying to give them every chance to complete their master’s degree before the cutoff date for pay increases next year. 


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3:54 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Fathers Drop Kids Off At Schools

Dontay Kilgo brings his son to school
Lisa Miller

Students at nine schools in west Charlotte got special escorts to their classrooms today.  Fathers, grandfathers and uncles dropped children off at school as part of a national effort called the Million Father March to get fathers and other male mentors involved in the lives of students. 

Dontay Kilgo brought his son to his first day of pre-k at Druid Hills Academy.  About 25 other men dropped their children off at the school too. 

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Local News
9:16 am
Fri August 23, 2013

NC Ranks 46th In Teacher Pay. Are Fears Justified?

A CMS second grade class.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

The number 46 became a rallying cry this summer as state lawmakers put the finishing touches on the budget.  That’s because North Carolina ranks 46th in what it pays teachers. 

Many people, including the state schools superintendent, argued good teachers would leave the profession or go to neighboring states that pay more if North Carolina didn’t raise teacher salaries.  But lawmakers were not swayed.  Let’s examine if those fears are warranted. 


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5:03 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

A Few Changes For CMS Students This Year

CMS expects to have 2,665 more students than last year.  This year all schools will hand out photo ID badges to students.  CMS Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark says that’s part of the district’s efforts to strengthen security. 

“We already have all staff wearing IDs in the district.  This will allow all students and staff at every school to have a photo ID badge, so that we will be able to identify visitors to the campus that may need to check in at the front office,” says Clark.

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Local News
11:19 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Task Forces Present Ideas To Improve CMS

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison wanted some input on how the district should move forward.  Monday night, 22 task forces gave him feedback that included hiring a CMS ombudsman, requiring students to get some workplace experience and starting a school for African American males. 


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