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Community meeting on magnet school assignment plan
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Charlotte Mecklenburg School board approved a student assignment plan for the district’s magnet programs Wednesday night. The process involved about 18 months of discussions, community meetings and hearings.

In an effort to diversify magnet schools, the CMS board will begin placing heavy priority on a student's socio-economic status in student assignment decisions. That's part of the first phase of the board's student re-assignment plan passed unanimously Wednesday night.

Among the factors the district will take into account are income, parents' education levels, and English language fluency. The changes will only affect students applying to enter magnet programs.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members last night had positive reviews for a plan to diversify magnet schools based on socioeconomic status. Under that plan, the lottery system would be overhauled to encourage a balanced mix of students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Many entry requirements would be dropped and transportation zones would be enlarged in order to draw from a more diverse pool of students. 

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CMS is getting ready to roll out its full plan to diversify magnet schools Tuesday evening. Several CMS board members met Monday morning to go over the details.

Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino is hinting that the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the collegiate sports league could be moved from Asheville over concerns with North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Iamarino made his comments to the Asheville Citizen-Times yesterday, less than 24 hours after the NCAA pulled seven championship events out of North Carolina citing House Bill 2.

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North Carolina schools got their report cards Thursday, and for the most part, state standardized test scores are up slightly. That's true in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as well.

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Parents this month got their first chance to weigh in on proposals the CMS board is considering to diversify magnet schools. As part of that, they have to wrap their minds around demographics, transportation, and entrance lotteries for these schools. 

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CMS schools open in less than two weeks and school officials are still trying to fill teacher and bus driving positions.

One hundred and fourteen is the number of teacher positions that need to be filled, says CMS Superintendent Ann Clark.

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The CMS board is trying to figure out ways to diversify magnet schools with a new student assignment plan. But how do you do that when a lottery system often decides who gets in by picking students at random? 

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CMS's new rules on how teachers should handle transgender students has angered some community members. A group organized by the NC Values Coalition spoke at Tuesday night's school board meeting and protested before it. 

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