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Thursday August 2, 2012

Jul 29, 2012
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

New CMS Superintendent  Heath Morrison
As students, parents, teachers and administrators gear up for school to begin later this month at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, we sit down with CMS’ new superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison. We’ll talk about Dr. Morrison’s entry plan, the long term budget struggles that the school system has faced and what he hopes to do to best use the money the system has, and talk about the goals of his series of town hall meetings, which begin tonight (Aug. 2). Join us with your questions for the superintendent as well.

Nearly one-third of American workers get fewer than six hours of sleep a night. That's according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And with increasing attention to disorders, especially sleep apnea, the number of sleep centers across the country has increased. In response, UNC Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill have teamed up to offer an online degree in neurodiagnostics and sleep science. The schools tout it as the first bachelor’s program of its kind in the country.

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North Carolina Virtual Academy would be based in Cabarrus County, but it would take students from across the whole state. The students would take all classes online. The North Carolina State Board of Education approved nine new charter schools to open next year. A proposed online charter school isn't among them. The group is now taking legal action against the board. 

After the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, many colleges amended their policies to make clear they could force students to withdraw if they considered them homicidal or suicidal. But a change in Federal law now says that taking such actions is discrimination, particularly if the student is only a direct threat to himself.

However, making that distinction is difficult. And now, university administrators are confused about what they can and cannot do with students who are a direct threat to themselves or others. The issue hinges on the definition of direct threat.

CMS Board Approves $288,000 Contract With Morrison

Apr 25, 2012

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools board has finalized the district's contract with its next superintendent. Heath Morrison will have a base salary of $288,000 plus a chance at a 10 percent performance bonus. Without any discussion, the board voted unanimously last night to approve the contract. 

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The community got a better idea yesterday of the three people who could lead Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. The finalists told teachers, parents and students that CMS is going in the right direction, but has plenty to work on. 

Superintendent Finalists Meet The Public

Apr 12, 2012
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It was a long day yesterday for the three CMS superintendent finalists. In the morning, they visited some schools. In the afternoon, they rotated through a series of forums in three locations Uptown. And last night, they all participated in a forum at Northwest School for the Arts. This report tracks when the three candidates visited the Government Center in the afternoon. 

Today is the last day for CMS students to enter the lottery for coveted seats in the district's thirty-seven magnet programs. Most of the magnets will have long waiting lists. But there's one likely exception: Marie G. Davis Military and Global Leadership Academy. Visions of boot camp and drills may keep many students away. But staff and students at Marie G. Davis say that's the wrong idea. 

A crowd filled the auditorium in CPCC's Overcash Building to hear the 12 candidates running for three at-large seats on the CMS Board debate. There are twelve candidates actively campaigning for three at-large seats on the CMS school board. Wednesday night, they fielded questions from the public at a forum hosted by the non-profit MeckEd and WFAE.

CMS School Board Forum Gets Interactive

Oct 19, 2011
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Twelve Charlotte Mecklenburg school board candidates will take the stage tonight in a forum hosted by the non-profit MeckEd and WFAE. It's not clear what topics exactly they'll be quizzed about since that's up to audience members who will vote on cell phones, tablets and laptops.

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