Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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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
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    A note on CMS teacher vacancies

    “Teachers wanted: CMS still hiring as opening day looms” is the headline of a story published by the Charlotte Observer yesterday.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and other large urban districts across the nation are scrambling to fill teacher vacancies before the start of the new school year. I examined the…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2015
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    Study: Layoffs and student performance linked

    In “Teacher Layoffs, Teacher Quality, and Student Achievement: Evidence from a Discretionary Layoff Policy,” Brown University’s Matthew Kraft examined the effects of discretionary teacher layoffs by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in 2009 and 2010.  What makes this unique is that school administrators, rather than central office staff, used…
    Terry Stoops, August 11, 2015