Education

Local News
8:58 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Charter Schools Likely To Remain Under NC Board Of Ed; New Study Looks At NC Charters

A move to create a panel separate from the North Carolina Board of Education to oversee charter schools is not moving forward.  Instead, the House Education committee supported a bill Tuesday that creates a new advisory board.  Basically, it would reduce the size of the advisory council from fifteen to eleven members and allow the governor only three appointments as opposed to eight.  The advisory council recommends to the state board of education which charter schools should open and close. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Charlotte Teachers Institute

Credit Flickr

Educators are not just required to teach a set curriculum each year – they must create it, develop it and execute it. Staying inspired and innovative can also be a challenge. And in times of radical budget cuts there is a degree of competition among teachers to be successful and keep their job. The Charlotte Teachers Institute is a partnership between CMS, Davidson College and UNC Charlotte that strives to cultivate its fellows into exemplary educators. But who decides which teachers get to participate? What exactly is this program providing that the school district is not? And what are the far-reaching effects on students of having a well-developed teacher instructing them? A conversation about developing great teachers when Charlotte Talks.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Northeastern-Charlotte Adds Doctor Of Education

Northeastern-Charlotte is now accepting applications for a doctor of education.
Credit Northeastern University

Boston-based Northeastern University is now offering a third doctoral degree program through its Charlotte campus. The UNC Board of Governors approved a doctoral degree in education last week, making it the school's third doctoral degree. The first two -- in nursing and physical therapy -- were approved in May. They were the first to be approved for a university not based in North Carolina. Cheryl Richards is the CEO and dean of the Charlotte campus. She says a doctor of education or EdD is different from a PhD because it's not focused on research. 

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Local News
11:36 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Report Gives Teacher Training Programs Low Marks

A new rating of programs which train teachers is creating a stir.  The review by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds most college and university education departments have become what it calls “an industry of mediocrity.”  U.S. News and World Report published the ratings this week.   They’re generating a lot of criticism and not just from schools which scored poorly. 

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Local News
8:23 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

County Budget Will Likely Include More School Nurses

Advocates for school nurse funding held up signs at a meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
Credit JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are scheduled to pass a new budget Tuesday. A group of parents has spent the past year pushing for one line in that budget to increase – funding for school nurses.


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Local News
6:22 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

CMS To Offer School Breakfasts To All Children

A school cafeteria.
Credit U.S.D.A. / Flickr

  Since it can be hard to concentrate on an empty stomach, CMS schools offer breakfast to low-income students.  But district officials worry these kids are skipping breakfast to avoid being labeled “poor.”  To solve that, CMS wants to   provide breakfast to all kids.  The school board voted last night to approve the proposal.


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Local News
9:31 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Obama Uses Mooresville Schools To Push Plan To Get Internet In All Schools

President Obama visits Mooresville Middle School
Lisa Miller

Mooresville’s public schools are used to visitors coming to learn how they blend technology with classes.  That’s because they’ve had a lot of success doing that.  But yesterday they got the ultimate visitor.  President Barack Obama used Mooresville Middle as a backdrop for his plan to provide all public schools across the country with high-speed internet.  

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Local News
9:31 am
Thu June 6, 2013

West Charlotte Pride Stays Strong Despite School's Struggles

West Charlotte takes on Vance in February.
Lisa Miller

It’s not often a school with a low graduation rate is the source of much pride.  But West Charlotte High School is an exception.  You hear alums call it “the mighty West Charlotte” or say “I am a proud West Charlotte Lion.”  So what is it about this school that prompts such love? 

A lot of it has to do with West Charlotte’s history.  The original school opened in 1938 to an all black student body.  It stayed that way until the 1970s when the school helped put Charlotte in the national spotlight as a city that made busing for integration work.  Now, a new effort called Project LIFT is trying to help the school reclaim that proud legacy.   


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Character Development

Much of a person’s success in life depends on their character. Society is also dependent on the involvement of people of character. But how do you build character in a young person? CMS is partnering with parents and the community to foster honest, responsible, caring students and there are other private organizations working toward the same end. A closer look at the process and at what’s at stake for children, parents and society when Charlotte Talks.

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Education
9:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pen Pals Just Two Miles Away Meet For The First Time

Wesley Baxter Jr., a first grader at Park Road Montessori was pen pals with Steven Ambrocio Lopez, a third grader at Sedgefield Elementary in south Charlotte.
Tasnim Shamma

Perhaps you've had a pen pal as a kid. Chances are it was someone who lives far away. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools SchoolMates program has a pen pal program among its own schools. In one case, students from schools less than two miles apart wrote letters to each other throughout the school year. Wednesday, they got to meet each other for the first time.


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