Education

Mountain State University To Lose Accreditation
6:05 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Mountain State University To Lose Accreditation

A university based in West Virginia with branches in Mooresville and Hickory will soon lose its accreditation. Mountain State University has about 140 students enrolled at those campuses. The regional Higher Learning Commission posted on its website Tuesday that the school had failed to correct major problems which include leadership, learning support for students, and inadequate financial resources. The commission notified the university of those problems in February. The chairman of the university's board of trustees Jerry Ice says the school has made significant changes since then.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

CMS: Back To School

The buses have been making their trial runs around the city, hundreds of new teachers have been hired, the pencils, paper and notebooks have been purchased. That's right, it's back to school time at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools! We'll hear from a trio of journalists about the issues facing CMS as we head into the first day of school next week. Join us for a conversation about the leadership of new Superintendent Heath Morrison, the reaction to test scores around the district and how school officials are planning to improve them, and much more.

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Local News
2:49 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

CMS Police Go Door-To-Door Uptown

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Law Enforcement vehicle.

Police officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District are going door-to-door Uptown giving parents the run-down on bus changes and security restrictions during the Democratic National Convention.

CMS Police Chief Bud Cesena says the first week of September will pose some challenges for the 372 students and their families who live inside the I-277 loop.

"Some bus stops - because they're in the hot zone - won't exist any more," says Cesena. "So we're making sure the children and their parents know exactly where to go."

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Education
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Gets Ready For The Beginning Of The School Year

Charlotte Mecklenburg School teachers headed back to work Thursday to start preparing for students' arrival on August 27.  The district doesn't expect to be scrambling to hire teachers as the school year starts like in past years.  CMS Auxiliary Services Director Kathryn Block says CMS has a lot of hiring out the way and is in good shape at this point.  The district has filled nearly 99 percent of teaching positions. 

"It's not about putting a body in the seat.  It is about the quality of the teachers we're putting in our classrooms," says Block.

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Education
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Board Frustrated Reform Hasn't Lived Up To Expectation

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has been trying to get its best teachers and principals in the most struggling schools through an initiative called strategic staffing. The schools have made big gains, but they're still far from where the district expected them to be at this point. Several school board members voiced frustration about that at Wednesday night's meeting.

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Education
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CMS Looks At Why So Many At Two Schools Didn't Take Tests

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has released student end of year test scores for all of its schools, except two. West Charlotte and Harding high schools didn't have enough students taking the tests to post official scores for those schools. The state requires a school to test 95 percent of students in a course. Last night, school board members asked what happened.

Superintendent Heath Morrison questioned whether leaders at West Charlotte tried hard enough to get students to take them. But at Harding he said it was a different case.

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Local News
12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Harnessing The Allure Of Video Games In The Classroom

Joel Bonasera uses video games to help teach his 7th graders math and science.

Kids spend a lot of time playing video games. They spend hours fighting zombies, building underground worlds, waging war, and shooting pigs. Video games can be addictive and an escape. They're just the thing that some teachers are trying to bring to the classroom.

Joel Bonasera is a 7th grade math and science teacher at Albemarle Road Middle School. He knew his students played video games, but he didn't realize the full extent until he overheard a sweet, friendly girl in his class.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

'Stalking' Jon Stewart and United World Colleges

Amy Aussieker, Owner of FABO art gallery and coffee bar

Part One: Stalking Jon Stewart
The DNC is almost upon us and vendors are gearing up all over the region to serve the thousands of convention attendees expected to arrive. But what about small businesses that dot the areas near uptown? Many say they don’t know how to gain the attention of visitors so one business owner came up with a novel idea. Her personal mission? "To get Jon Stewart to FABO Café for a cup of coffee while he is in Charlotte filming his show during the DNC."  We’ll hear her story. 
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Charlotte Talks
1:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Entering Middle School

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It’s no secret that something changes when kids enter Middle School. Developmentally, emotionally and socially, middle school is where some kids really struggle, and the changes in their bodies and socially can affect their grades, their relationships with friends and with their parents. We’ll be joined by a panel of experts who have been helping middle schoolers -  and their parents - navigate the waters of middle school, and hear from you, too, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Morrison Shares Thoughts On Challenges Facing CMS

Heath Morrison

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has had a new superintendent for a month now. Heath Morrison has been praised by parents, teachers, and even state lawmakers as superintendent of Washoe County Schools in Reno, Nevada. And so far, he hasn't had any naysayers in Charlotte. But most of what he's doing is listening at this point.

WFAE's Lisa Miller sat down with Morrison to discuss his impressions about CMS so far.

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