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8:22 am
Fri January 9, 2015

NC School Board Questions Online Charter Applicants

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Two online charter schools could serve up to 3,000 students in North Carolina next year.  They would be the first schools of their kind in the state. The state school board asked those groups some tough questions this week. 


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Local News
2:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Why Does High School Civics And Economics Have A New Name?

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High school students in North Carolina will no longer take "Civics and Economics" next year. Instead, they’ll take a course called "American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics."  Confused?


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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

All NC High School Students May Shift To New Grading Scale Next Year

A page in a teacher's grade book.
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North Carolina public high schools are shifting next year to a ten-point grading scale that will make it easier to get an A.  The plan was to phase it in beginning with freshman next year.  But that could lead to some sticky situations, so the state school board may decide to change it for all students next year. 


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Local News
11:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NC School Board Considers History Lessons Developed By Koch-Funded Group

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The state board of education may decide to suggest social studies teachers use a curriculum compiled by The Bill of Rights Institute. That’s an education group funded in part by the conservative Koch family. 

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Local News
1:15 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

NC School Board Hears AP US History Dispute

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This year a new Advanced Placement U.S. History course was introduced by the College Board.  It’s generated a lot of controversy across the country. The College Board says it promotes critical thinking, while critics say it emphasizes the country’s stumbles over its achievements. That debate played out before the North Carolina Board of Education Monday.


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Local News
12:06 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

CMS Deputy Superintendent Addresses Concerns, Questions After Morrison's Departure

Ann Clark

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools board has come under heavy criticism for the way it's handled the departure of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. The board hasn't addressed the specific reasons it wanted Morrison to leave. Much of the information we do have comes from an internal report leaked to the Charlotte Observer. Acting Superintendent Ann Clark joined Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins to discuss these concerns and her goals moving forward. 

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Charlotte Talks
4:35 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

CMS Update

Monday, November 24, 2014

Charlotteans were blindsided recently by news of the sudden resignation of CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison. Then, we were puzzled by the various reasons we were given for the departure and some were angered by the lack of transparency by the school board about all this. They seemed reluctant to share anything about this sudden resignation despite leaks that painted Morrison as a tyrant. We talk to key players about what happened and how all of this was handled. 

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Local News
2:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Seriously? 'Bootie' Question On Ardrey Kell Biology Worksheet

A CMS high school has stopped using a worksheet that includes a racially offensive genetics question.     

A teacher at Ardrey Kell High School in south Charlotte apparently used the genetics worksheet in a biology class. Here’s the question at issue:

 "LaShamanda has a heterozygous big bootie, the dominant trait. Her man Fontavius has a small bootie which is recessive. They get married and have a baby named LaPrincess. What is the probability that LaPrincess will inherit her mama's big bootie?"

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Local News
3:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

New Charlotte Area Charter Schools Have Fewer Students Than Expected

Concrete Roses STEM Academy closed one month after the start of the school year.
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New charter schools in the Charlotte area only received two-thirds of the students they expected this year. 

Nine charter schools opened this year in the Charlotte area.  Concrete Roses STEM Academy closed after the first month.  The remaining schools expected to receive about 2,400 students, but according to the state department of public instruction only 1,643 enrolled. 

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Local News
3:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

CMS Board Approves Morrison's Resignation; Keeps Quiet On Details

The CMS board votes 6-3 to approve Morrison's resignation.
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Heath Morrison and CMS have officially parted ways after two and a half years. The board met for nearly two hours in closed session Thursday and approved a separation agreement. But the deal does not include severance pay.    

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