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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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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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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8:54 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Morrison Wants CMS To Collaborate With Private And Charter Schools

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, private and charter schools don’t have much of a history of working together.  But CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison wants that to change. 

A few weeks ago, Charlotte Catholic High School principal Jerry Healy got an invitation from CMS.  The district wanted to meet with private and charter schools to talk about ways to collaborate.  He was surprised.  

“The agendas don’t seem to really match and in the past we’ve probably been looked on as the adversary, the people that are pulling our kids away,” says Healy. 

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9:55 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Morrison’s Plan For CMS Stresses Tailored Education And More Magnet Schools

Heath Morrison
Lisa Miller

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison last night laid out his long-range plans for the district’s future.

“It is about every child.  It is about not narrowing gaps, but closing gaps. And it is having every student graduate with a post-secondary plan,” said Morrison.

It was a highly anticipated address at the Belk Theater to help mark his first 100 days on the job. A CMS orchestra opened the evening and a student choir closed out his speech.  

Morrison said he wants to put more students in advanced level classes, provide more coaching for teachers, get kids to create electronic portfolios of their work, and open more magnet schools. 

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1:05 am
Wed November 21, 2012

'Champion For Education' Kat Crosby Dies

An African American woman who helped Charlotte navigate the turbulent times around school desegregation and busing died last week at the age of 87.  Kathleen “Kat” Crosby was with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for forty years.  She started with the district as a teacher and rose up in the ranks to become assistant superintendent before she retired in 1986. 

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5:27 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Local Teens Will Serve In Senegal Through YMCA

Four students were selected for the Charlotte YMCA Global Learning Service Project. From left, Deonte Howard and Teal Green of West Mecklenburg High School, Anjelica Pendergrass of West Charlotte High School and Alan Lee of Butler High School.
Tasnim Shamma

Deonte Howard is a sophomore at West Mecklenburg High School. His mom had some good news to share with him a few months ago.

"When my mom called me about the interview, said that I passed, I can tell she was crying," Howard says. "I was like, 'Wow, I'm actually going to Africa.'"

Howard, 16, is one of four high school students from Charlotte selected for the nine-day trip to West Africa through the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's Global Service Learning Project. This will be his first time outside of North America. 

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Local News
3:03 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

New Goal For CMS Seniors: Build A House

Hard hats, tool belts and wooden boards are set up in the Independence High School library for the Senior Buildup announcement
Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system gave its seniors a new goal Wednesday to accomplish before graduating– build three houses. CMS is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to encourage students to get their hands dirty.

Hard hats, tool belts and wooden boards were set up in front of the bookshelves in Independence High School's library as CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison announced the partnership, called Senior Buildup.

Morrison said it's all about giving students a well-rounded education.

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11:31 am
Wed November 14, 2012

These Days, Kids Get To Grade The Teachers

Teachers regularly evaluate their students.

Now, the tables are turned. Students evaluate their teachers.

Last year was the first in which students throughout North Carolina completed official evaluation forms of their teachers. In fact, evaluations by students in high school, middle school and even elementary school have picked up steam across the country.

The concept is the brainchild of a Harvard professor named Ron Ferguson. In this report, WFAE’s Lisa Miller talks to him about how the surveys work.

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Local News
9:41 am
Wed November 14, 2012

CMS Changes Leadership For Human Resources, Communications

Kathryn Block is the new CMS chief communications officer

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system is reorganizing its leadership, starting with the people in charge of human resources and communications. That’s after audits released Tuesday showed those departments weren’t doing a good enough job.

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