News and information and education from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

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CMS is getting ready to roll out its full plan to diversify magnet schools Tuesday evening. Several CMS board members met Monday morning to go over the details.

Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College on Friday named veteran community college administrator Kandi Deitemeyer to succeed president Tony Zeiss. Deitemeyer's 24-year career in higher education has included administrative roles at community colleges in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida. 

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Vice President Joe Biden was in Charlotte Monday, not to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but to talk about the importance of community colleges.

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Some ambitious goals were set five years ago to help nine struggling schools in west Charlotte. An initiative called Project LIFT was launched. Project LIFT received $55 million in private money to improve the struggling West Charlotte High School and its eight ailing elementary and middle feeder schools.

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The state's two virtual charter schools had a rough go of it their first year open. Both online schools received Ds on state school report cards. 

Students at North Carolina Virtual Academy and North Carolina Connections Academy struggled last year. Reading scores were better, but in math only about a third of students at both schools made passing grades on state standardized tests.  And neither school's students made enough gains throughout the year for the charters to make what's called "growth."

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Some CMS schools perform extremely well, while others struggle. The same is true with charter schools throughout the Charlotte area. But compared with CMS, charters received a lower rate of As and a higher rate of Fs on this year's school performance grades. 

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North Carolina schools got their report cards Thursday, and for the most part, state standardized test scores are up slightly. That's true in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as well.

Universtiy of North Carolina at Charlotte campus
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Thursday, September 1

School just started but high school juniors and seniors are already preparing for their next step: college. Deciding on a school and beginning the application process can be daunting for students and parents. College visits, test scores, essays are all part of the process and each is important in its own way. How about some advice on what to do and how to do it? We get that advice from three experts.

If you listen to the latest round of gubernatorial campaign ads, you’d either think teacher pay has skyrocketed or plummeted under Governor Pat McCrory. Neither is the case. There's also more to the story of a teacher highlighted in a Roy Cooper ad.   

Cooper's latest ad for governor begins with the display of these words: "August 2016, a true story." There's a modest home with a U-Haul in the driveway. Then, you see a young woman packing up boxes in a kitchen. 

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Parents this month got their first chance to weigh in on proposals the CMS board is considering to diversify magnet schools. As part of that, they have to wrap their minds around demographics, transportation, and entrance lotteries for these schools.