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Local News
9:57 am
Wed April 10, 2013

More Technology, Career Specialization Drive Morrison's CMS Budget Proposal

Heath Morrison.
Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison has put a price tag on his vision for the district.  He wants Mecklenburg County and the state to pitch in an extra $27 million next year to help fund new programs and expand others.  Those include bringing more technology to classrooms and creating career and technical specialties at schools.  The plan also calls for 10 new positions to help schools coordinate with companies and groups wanting to help. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller was at last night’s meeting and joins Morning Edition host Duncan McFadyen in the studio. 

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Local News
9:32 am
Wed March 27, 2013

More Magnets, K-8 Schools Part Of CMS Building Proposal

CMS proposal for building projects
Credit Lisa Miller

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials are gearing up for a bond referendum this fall.  They laid out a plan Tuesday night to build several new schools throughout the county, including three k-8 schools and a handful of magnets.


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Local News
9:30 am
Wed March 27, 2013

New CMS Security Plan Doesn't Include Fences

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has dropped chain-link fences from its security plan.  Tuesday night, the school board approved a revised plan that totals  $20 million.  It includes adding 4,000 cameras to schools, installing buzzer systems with intercoms on doors, giving schools software that can do instant background checks, and creating IDs for all students and staff.  CMS had to pare its original plan down after Mecklenburg County said it would delay other construction projects.  County commissioners still have to give the district the go ahead to use the bond money. 

Local News
2:31 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Mecklenburg Commissioners Consider Taking Over Ownership Of Schools

A bill introduced in the North Carolina senate would allow counties to take ownership of schools.  Some Mecklenburg County commissioners say they would want to own CMS buildings, if that bill passes.  That’s put CMS officials on the defensive.


This is how schools get built in North Carolina:  Since school districts don’t have taxing authority, voters approve bonds for the construction.  The county borrows the money and then passes it on to the school district. 

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Local News
10:25 am
Fri March 8, 2013

The Funding Debate: A Tale Of Two Schools

Ashley Park Pre-k through 8
Lisa Miller

Not all schools are equal when it comes to public funding. Districts across the country spend more on schools that have a large percentage of low-income students. In CMS, the funding for some schools is more than double what other schools receive for each student.

But that doesn’t necessarily translate to academic success.  WFAE set out to find out why.

To borrow from a classic, let’s call this a tale of two schools.  One is highly successful.  One is improving, but still struggling.  Tina Yulee sees the difference every day.

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Education
7:12 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

CMS Gets Off To A Better Start With Latest Teacher Pay Plan Discussions

A couple years ago CMS was charging full steam ahead with a plan to pay teachers based partly on their students’ performance.  But it upset so many teachers and parents, the district put a halt to it.  Now, CMS officials are reviving the idea and trying hard to avoid past missteps.  They’ve asked teachers to begin working on another plan. 

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey to discuss the latest efforts.

RUMSEY: Lisa, why is CMS talking about this issue again? 

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Local News
9:28 am
Wed February 27, 2013

CMS Board Asks County For $34 Million In Security Upgrades

Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials have a $34 million capital plan to improve security at all of the district’s schools.  It includes cameras and 8 foot tall chain-link fences on all campuses.  But the plan still requires buy-in from the county commission. 

The idea is to limit the number of entry points into schools.  Think about high schools like Myers Park and West Mecklenburg that have sprawling campuses reminiscent of small colleges.  CMS Chief Operating Officer Millard House says it’s too easy for intruders to get inside.  That’s where the 8 foot high fences come in.  

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Local News
6:04 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Project LIFT To Distribute Free And Discounted Computers To Students

A student tests a computer Project LIFT families can buy for a discounted price.
Credit Lisa Miller

This week about 2,200 elementary school kids will be getting free laptops.  It’s part of the Project LIFT effort to boost learning at nine schools on Charlotte’s west side. 

These laptops are made for kids.  They’re white and green and sturdy. 

“It has the handles so it wouldn’t fall when I’m holding it because I really drop stuff without handles,” said Maya Dunbar, a third grader at Allenbrook Elementary. 

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Education
9:32 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Big Changes In Store For End Of Year School Tests

Kids are half-way through the school year and no doubt talk of end of year tests has already come up in class.  There are some big changes in store for students across the state.  For one, there will be a lot more end of year tests and they won’t just be multiple choice.  They’ll include essay questions.  It’s not just kids that’ll be tested.  It’ll be a test for teachers in more ways than one. WFAE’s Lisa Miller is in the studio to talk about these changes, including a flood of new tests. 


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Education
9:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Local Schools Review Security Protocols After Connecticut Shooting

CMS Press conference
Credit Lisa Miller

School leaders in the Charlotte area are taking a closer look at security procedures following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 

At a press conference Monday afternoon, CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison said the shootings prompted the district to ask “tough questions.” For example, what would the response have been if the shooting happened in a CMS school? 

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