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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.

Two CMS schools are now operating monthly food banks to help feed students and their families. Shamrock Gardens and Albemarle Road elementary schools received a grant from Target for new libraries and books. That also included a monthly drop-off of food from the Second Harvest Food Bank. Both schools have high numbers of kids from needy families.

Business-Law Degree To Launch Next Year

Sep 22, 2011

UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte School of Law will soon offer a joint law-business degree. The new program will allow students to earn both a JD and a Master of Business Administration in eight semesters. Pursued separately, those degrees would take an extra two semesters beyond that. Denise Spriggs is the Charlotte School of Law's interim dean. She says many law students have requested the program because it gives them more flexibility in their careers. "People in business recognize the value of having someone with legal expertise on their staff," says Spriggs. "It's kind of getting a two-for-one. I'm getting a lawyer, someone who has that background, but who also has the business skills that I need." Students will have to apply separately to each school. The joint-degree program will launch in the fall of next year.

Public school children in South Carolina are caught in the middle of the high-profile debate over stimulus funding. Gov. Mark Sanford plans to reject money the school system says could save 700 jobs. 

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