Education

News and information and education from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

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Research suggests that students of color perform better academically and are disciplined less when they have teachers of color. But there aren’t a lot of teachers of color, especially African-American men. In CMS, just over 5 percent are black men and, nationally, it’s 2 percent. A Charlotte group called Profound Gentlemen is working to strengthen the support system for black male teachers, in hopes of increasing their numbers.

CMS has new guidelines on how to handle transgender students. It's up to these students to choose what they're comfortable with in regards to a slew of things, including bathrooms and locker rooms. 

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Cyberbullying has been a criminal offense in North Carolina since 2009. But the state supreme court has ruled a key part of the cyberbullying law is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision last week, the court found it violates the First Amendment by restricting speech.

WFAE's Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey ro discuss.

CMS students need to have an 85% attendance record if they want to participate in extra-curricular activities. But this summer that rule may change.

Judge Halts NC State Speech Permit Policy For Now

Jun 6, 2016

NC State has something called the speech permit policy. It requires student groups to get written permission from the school before engaging in any type of solicitation.  The school has had the policy since 1993. But it's barred from enforcing it at least for now, since a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against NC State over the weekend.  

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A controversial bill that would allow charter school operators to take over five low-performing public schools in the state was approved by the full house Thursday. It also now includes some provisions that school districts have been requesting. 

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The number of private school vouchers North Carolina offers could rapidly increase, if senate leaders get their way. They want to grow the program by $120 million over the next twelve years. 

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There's a plan to reduce tuition to $500 a semester at a handful of UNC system schools. Students at other UNC universities wouldn't have to worry about tuition hikes, since they'd pay the same tuition for their first four years. It's all laid out in a state senate bill that has gained some traction and lots of concern. 

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Possible name changes for campuses are no longer part of a senate bill that would drastically cut tuition at five UNC system schools and fix tuition at others.

Every so often the idea comes up of putting the UNC moniker on the names of state universities that struggle with enrollment. That happened to UNC-Pembroke, formerly Pembroke State University, in 1996.

This bill had many alums of some of the state's historically black universities worried their school's name would disappear. But the bill's sponsor Tom Apodaca says the bill no longer deals with the naming of schools.

Crafting CMS's student assignment plan will be a two-year process. The board released a timeline Tuesday that shows CMS will first find ways to increase students' access to magnet schools and programs. At Tuesday's board meeting, CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said that accomplishes several things. 

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