Education

News and information and education from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

CMS schools open in less than two weeks and school officials are still trying to fill teacher and bus driving positions.

One hundred and fourteen is the number of teacher positions that need to be filled, says CMS Superintendent Ann Clark.

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The North Carolina Board of Education did something unusual this month. It turned down five charter school applicants that had been recommended for approval. 

Lisa Worf / WFAE

The CMS board is trying to figure out ways to diversify magnet schools with a new student assignment plan. But how do you do that when a lottery system often decides who gets in by picking students at random? 

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CMS's new rules on how teachers should handle transgender students has angered some community members. A group organized by the NC Values Coalition spoke at Tuesday night's school board meeting and protested before it. 

The CMS board couldn't persuade county commissioners to support a bond package this fall for building schools. But the board may decide to ask for money Tuesday to at least prepare for future construction. 

CharlotteObserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has hit pause on new rules that would have given transgender students access to school bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender they identify with, Superintendent Ann Clark said Thursday.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

The CMS board is trying to break up concentrations of poverty in schools with a new student assignment plan. The board's first task is doing that in the district's magnet schools. The board met for four hours Tuesday to discuss proposals to present at a series of community meetings that start next week. Board members weighed a lot of options, but before they could even discuss them they had to get their heads around how to measure a student's socioeconomic status.  

Lisa Worf / WFAE

North Carolina’s once highly-acclaimed furniture industry is all but dead, if you believe conventional wisdom. That’s understandable. A lot of manufacturing has shut down and moved to China over the last 20 years.

But not all is lost, particularly in upholstery. In fact, demand for upholstery workers is so high in the Hickory area that Catawba Valley Community College reopened a training program and that program now has a large waiting list.

Charlotte Observer File

This next school year will be Ron Carter's last as president of Johnson C. Smith University. He plans to step down next June. The man hired to be a change agent says he's accomplished what he set out to with the school.

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Mooresville Graded Schools has some big shoes to fill. Its superintendent Mark Edwards announced last week he'll be leaving the district in August for a job at Discovery Education. Edwards has led the district for the past nine years. During that time, Mooresville Graded Schools rose to be one of the top-performing districts in the state, even though it's near the bottom for funding and nearly 40 percent of kids are low-income. Edwards championed a push to digital which earned the district national attention. 

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