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Crossroads and Kennedy charter schools in Charlotte will close at the end of this school year. The State Board of Education made that decision Thursday. The board also approved a revised annual report on charters after the Lieutenant Governor deemed it too negative last month. And board members hired a new director to oversee the office of charter schools.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf joins All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey.

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Central Piedmont Community College will have a new president for the first time in more than two decades. Tony Zeiss, who led the college through a period of significant growth, announced his retirement yesterday.


John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

CMS board members agreed over the weekend that they should begin the search for a new superintendent. They just couldn’t decide when that search should begin.  The disagreement is whether they can work on a student assignment plan, while also trying to find someone to lead the district. 

Ann Doss Helms / Charlotte Observer

North Mecklenburg County residents gathered last week to discuss student assignment in the CMS system. The area’s school board representative, Rhonda Lennon, organized the meeting.

A little about Lennon’s District: It includes four high schools. Two are considered average by state grading standards. Those are Hopewell and North Meck. The others, Mallard Creek and Hough, are higher-performing schools.

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CMS students are headed back to school Wednesday morning after three snow days. Schools closed Friday as snow and sleet fell on the region. The ice started thawing Sunday and most streets were back to normal by Monday, but CMS schools remained closed.  

Lisa Worf / WFAE

How do you decide where students go to school? A CMS committee has been wrestling with that question for nearly a year now. Those board members presented their thoughts to the full board Tuesday night. The discussion wasn’t about the goals themselves, but a concern regarding the process. 

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Some students applying to UNC system schools next year may not get an outright acceptance or rejection letter. Instead, the university may say, “We’ll take you, but go to community college first.” 

More than a third of UNC system students start college, but never finish or take longer than six years to graduate. Many of these students are those whose grades and scores are just good enough to merit an acceptance. Maybe they’re not prepared or life just gets in the way.   

 

CMS is in the process of figuring out how to re-draw boundary lines for schools.  Superintendent Ann Clark said that isn’t just the district’s job, but the community’s. 

Strategy Of CMS' Project LIFT Turned On Head

Jan 14, 2016
Lisa Worf / WFAE

Project LIFT leaders heard a lot of numbers Wednesday about the nine, struggling CMS schools in west Charlotte they’re trying to improve. Test scores are nowhere near the goal they set for this time three years ago. But another number came up too, and it turned the whole strategy of Project LIFT on its head.  

Education Update

Jan 11, 2016
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A report on charter schools in North Carolina, showing them to be wealthier and whiter than public schools was pulled from consideration by the State Board of Education because it was too negative. We’ll also look at possible new testing procedures, school ratings, teacher evaluations and more.

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