Druid Hills

Mechelle Vaughn

In July, WFAE’s Charlotte Talks held a public conversation on the city’s escalating murder rate. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney and other panelists talked about how there’s a lot of anger in people that has roots in their very early years. That made second-grade teacher Mechelle Vaughn stand up and say what she sees in her classroom.

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.