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CMS board members hope to involve city, county, and town leaders in a discussion about re-drawing school boundaries.  To kick that off, they invited their fellow elected officials to hear about the area’s changing demographics Tuesday, but only a handful showed up.

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The CMS board is looking at how to re-draw boundary lines for schools.  It’s clear magnets and creating more diversity in schools will have a higher priority than in the current student assignment plan.  The board’s policy committee met Thursday to discuss two proposals to guide that process.

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CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said she didn’t intend to pursue the job long-term when she was appointed to the position more than a year ago.

But a movement is afoot to keep her beyond when her contract expires next year – and that’s spurred a movement against keeping her. Both sides had their say at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board has some big decisions to make over the next year.  Who should be the next superintendent?  How should new boundaries for schools be drawn?  We put those questions and others to the nine candidates running for three at-large seats on the board.  

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CMS may offer more seats in magnet schools next year.  Several school board members say they’re in favor of that. 

Twenty-thousand CMS students attend magnet schools.  These are schools offering different curricula like Montessori or focusing on the arts or sciences.  That number has held steady for several years now as wait lists for them have grown.

North Carolina public schools received their letter grades Wednesday and they stayed relatively flat. 

Across the state, about two-thirds of schools received Bs and Cs. Six percent received As or A-pluses.

Within CMS, a higher percentage of schools got As, about 12 percent, but just like the state, nearly a third got Ds and Fs. 

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There are two dates that loom large for parents, teachers, students and administrators in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The first is August 14, the self-imposed deadline for the General Assembly to agree on a state budget. The second, just 10 days later, is the first day of school.

Without a set budget, schools have a hard time planning for the academic year and they may have to start cutting programs now just in case. As for the budget negotiations, they're not going so well. At least not yet.

Several Project LIFT schools on Charlotte’s west side are trying to fill about twenty highly-paid teaching jobs. Those teachers won’t have their own classes but will rotate between classrooms, coach beginning teachers, and work in small groups with students. The jobs come with as much as a $23,000 salary boost. 

Ranson IB Middle School has used the staffing model for the past two years. The school’s principal Allison Harris says it allows all students to benefit from the knowledge of veteran teachers. She says beginning teachers especially appreciate the help. 

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Sexting is nothing new for teenagers. Nor is having those pictures end up on the devices of those they weren’t meant for. That’s what recently happened to several girls in north Mecklenburg County. But their stories are a bit different. Their photos were uploaded to a site that was distributed to students at several schools. It’s a type of sexting case that has become more common across the country. 

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Homework doesn’t get such great reviews from kids. But many researchers also have complaints about it. With that in mind, the CMS school board will vote on a change to its policy on homework tonight. It’s not a big change.  In fact, it comes down to two words. 

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry in the studio.

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