Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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    Suburbs have another reason to hate CMS

    On Tuesday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) school board passed the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018.”  It is a stunningly brazen document.  As Jim Morrill of the Charlotte Observer explains, What the board did was pass the “Municipal Concerns Act of 2018,” a measure that would effectively block future…
    Terry Stoops, August 30, 2018
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    CMS superintendent asserting more power over district

    Charlotte Observer Ann Doss Helms has the details: At the board retreat and in a June meeting with principals, Wilcox says he thinks CMS has swung too far toward freedom. He noted that third-grade reading proficiency, targeted by North Carolina’s General Assembly as a key skill that needs improvement,…
    Terry Stoops, July 24, 2018
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    Charlotte Observer: No evidence that charter failure rate cited by CMS is accurate

    Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer lays it out, At a meeting to discuss whether Matthews town officials should pursue their own charter schools Tuesday, facilitator Cyndee Patterson opened with a startling statistic: 50 percent of charter schools fail. She didn’t cite a source, and no one questioned…
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2018
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    Overview of Tuesday’s school board elections

    On Tuesday, voters in four counties went to the polls to elect school board members for 16 seats.  Here is what happened in each. Burke County Number of seats: 3 Partisan? No Winners: Buddy Armour (Central District), Sam Wilkinson (Eastern District), Seth P. Hunt, Jr. (Western District) Hot Take:…
    Terry Stoops, November 9, 2017
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    Will Mecklenburg’s schools of choice benefit from CMS board election?

    Residents of Mecklenburg County had an opportunity to set a new course for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), which is seeing flat enrollment growth due, in part, to the availability of home, private, and charter schools.  Yet, as Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer notes, there’s “not likely to…
    Terry Stoops, November 8, 2017
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    About That New Culinary Manager in Charlotte-Meck Schools …

    Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation vice president for research, discusses the impact of a new “manager of culinary development” on school lunch menus in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools. Stoops offered these comments for an Aug. 30, 2017, report on WSOC-TV. Watch here.
    Donna Martinez, August 31, 2017
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    What Does JLF’s Terry Stoops Think About Char/Meck’s Hiring Of Culinary Development Manager?

    Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation vice president for research, questions the process new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox used to hire an administrator for the school system’s culinary services. Stoops offered these comments for a July 7, 2017, report on WSOC-TV. WATCH here.
    Donna Martinez, July 10, 2017
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    Busing not the “best way to improve black or Hispanic achievement”

    The Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution just published “Bringing back busing: Do benefits outweigh cost?,” a must-read article on forced busing.  The author is David J. Armor, Professor Emeritus at George Mason University, who has written extensively on the subject. The…
    Terry Stoops, August 23, 2016