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'Stalking' Jon Stewart and United World Colleges

Aug 13, 2012

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 Mecklenburg school teachers are getting ready for the start of the school year. There are classrooms to arrange, lesson plans to put together and, this year, a whole lot of technology to learn.

Entering Middle School

Aug 8, 2012
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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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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.

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. 

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