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A movement is underway in the North Carolina General Assembly to let charter school operators take over the lowest-performing traditional public schools. Those schools would be part of what’s called an “achievement zone.” Republican Representative Rob Bryan of Mecklenburg County is leading the way. He’s chairman of a committee that’s studying the issue.

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CMS students are headed back to school Wednesday morning after three snow days. Schools closed Friday as snow and sleet fell on the region. The ice started thawing Sunday and most streets were back to normal by Monday, but CMS schools remained closed.  

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How do you decide where students go to school? A CMS committee has been wrestling with that question for nearly a year now. Those board members presented their thoughts to the full board Tuesday night. The discussion wasn’t about the goals themselves, but a concern regarding the process. 

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Some students applying to UNC system schools next year may not get an outright acceptance or rejection letter. Instead, the university may say, “We’ll take you, but go to community college first.” 

More than a third of UNC system students start college, but never finish or take longer than six years to graduate. Many of these students are those whose grades and scores are just good enough to merit an acceptance. Maybe they’re not prepared or life just gets in the way.   

NC General Assembly

 


There’s a lot of gray area when it comes to schools and students' use of social media. Lawmakers in North Carolina and several other states are trying to clear up one aspect of it.

 

CMS is in the process of figuring out how to re-draw boundary lines for schools.  Superintendent Ann Clark said that isn’t just the district’s job, but the community’s. 

Lisa Worf / WFAE

The CMS policy committee Thursday decided on a draft of goals to guide the process of drawing new attendance zones for schools.  That may not seem like much, but it’s a starting place.  In the coming weeks, the full CMS board will have the chance to weigh in and so will the community. 

Strategy Of CMS' Project LIFT Turned On Head

Jan 14, 2016
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Project LIFT leaders heard a lot of numbers Wednesday about the nine, struggling CMS schools in west Charlotte they’re trying to improve. Test scores are nowhere near the goal they set for this time three years ago. But another number came up too, and it turned the whole strategy of Project LIFT on its head.  

Bonnie Cone Academy

A new charter school may be coming to Charlotte’s University area in the fall of 2017. This week Bonnie Cone Classical Academy got the recommendation of the state’s advisory group that vets charters. But it was a close vote.

Charlotte Observer File

Some county commissioners are floating an idea of giving CMS a specific percentage of the county’s budget each year.

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