Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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    CMS altered bond projects without telling the public, board

    The Charlotte Observer has the scoop: Less than three years ago, voters overwhelmingly approved the biggest school bond package in Mecklenburg County history — nearly $1 billion to build new classrooms, repair old buildings and relieve overcrowding. But documents show that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administrators last year scaled back plans…
    Terry Stoops, February 5, 2020
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    Parents are savvy school shoppers

    The bottom line of Ann Doss Helms’ recent WFAE article, “School Shopping Demands More Than Looking At Grades, Families Say,” is that families seldom rely on a single metric or criterion to choose schools for their children. When [Shamaiye] Haynes moved to west Charlotte, she enrolled her son at Thomasboro…
    Terry Stoops, November 6, 2019
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    Preliminary figures show enrollment drop in CMS

    WFAE reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have 465 fewer students than a year ago. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has seen its first significant enrollment drop, according to a report posted Monday. And the district’s Hispanic enrollment hit a milestone as well. CMS has 146,687 students this year, down by 465 from…
    Terry Stoops, October 8, 2019
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    CMS takes a chance on Earnest Winston

    The Charlotte Observer reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education hired Earnest Winston to be their new superintendent. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board moved swiftly Friday to name acting superintendent Earnest Winston to the job long-term under a three-year contract. He becomes the district’s fifth superintendent in little more than eight years.
    Terry Stoops, August 2, 2019
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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