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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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Local News
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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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

It's Back To School For Some CMS Students

Druid Hills and four other CMS schools began this week
Lisa Miller

Summer vacation is over for a couple of thousand CMS students.  Kids at four K-8 schools on Charlotte’s west side headed back to school this week.  Bruns Academy, Walter G Byers, Thomasboro, and Druid Hills are the first CMS schools to move to a year-round calendar.  They’re among nine struggling schools in the Project LIFT Zone. 

Druid Hills principal Alison Hiltz says a long summer vacation makes it difficult to catch up students who are behind. 

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Local News
8:23 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

County Budget Will Likely Include More School Nurses

Advocates for school nurse funding held up signs at a meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
Credit JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are scheduled to pass a new budget Tuesday. A group of parents has spent the past year pushing for one line in that budget to increase – funding for school nurses.


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Local News
6:22 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

CMS To Offer School Breakfasts To All Children

A school cafeteria.
Credit U.S.D.A. / Flickr

  Since it can be hard to concentrate on an empty stomach, CMS schools offer breakfast to low-income students.  But district officials worry these kids are skipping breakfast to avoid being labeled “poor.”  To solve that, CMS wants to   provide breakfast to all kids.  The school board voted last night to approve the proposal.


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Local News
9:31 am
Thu June 6, 2013

West Charlotte Pride Stays Strong Despite School's Struggles

West Charlotte takes on Vance in February.
Lisa Miller

It’s not often a school with a low graduation rate is the source of much pride.  But West Charlotte High School is an exception.  You hear alums call it “the mighty West Charlotte” or say “I am a proud West Charlotte Lion.”  So what is it about this school that prompts such love? 

A lot of it has to do with West Charlotte’s history.  The original school opened in 1938 to an all black student body.  It stayed that way until the 1970s when the school helped put Charlotte in the national spotlight as a city that made busing for integration work.  Now, a new effort called Project LIFT is trying to help the school reclaim that proud legacy.   


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Character Development

Much of a person’s success in life depends on their character. Society is also dependent on the involvement of people of character. But how do you build character in a young person? CMS is partnering with parents and the community to foster honest, responsible, caring students and there are other private organizations working toward the same end. A closer look at the process and at what’s at stake for children, parents and society when Charlotte Talks.

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Education
9:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pen Pals Just Two Miles Away Meet For The First Time

Wesley Baxter Jr., a first grader at Park Road Montessori was pen pals with Steven Ambrocio Lopez, a third grader at Sedgefield Elementary in south Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

Perhaps you've had a pen pal as a kid. Chances are it was someone who lives far away. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools SchoolMates program has a pen pal program among its own schools. In one case, students from schools less than two miles apart wrote letters to each other throughout the school year. Wednesday, they got to meet each other for the first time.


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Local News
9:46 am
Thu May 23, 2013

In CMS, A 'Zero' May Become History (As Long As Kids Try)

As long as you try hard, grades of zero are not given at Mallard Creek High School. The worst grade a students can get is a 50, even if they turn in homework late or get less than half the questions right on a test. The policy went into effect last fall, and now CMS officials are reviewing it to see if it should be implemented system wide.

Mark Bosco is a big supporter of the policy. He’s the Executive Director of the Northeast Zone of CMS. Bosco says the grading policy doesn’t mean a 50 is the new 0.

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