Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (page 2)

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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
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    What’s next for Heath Morrison?

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Superintendent Heath Morrison unexpectedly resigned yesterday. Morrison said that he is leaving CMS to care for his ailing mother who lives in Williamsburg, VA.  I wish him and his family the best. I noticed that the Portsmouth (VA) Public Schools is conducting a superintendent search. …
    Terry Stoops, November 4, 2014
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    CMS reports higher education spending

    Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer article, “CMS final budget: Better than expected,” The $1.24 billion budget the [Charlotte-Mecklenburg] school board approved unanimously Tuesday represents a slight increase in per-pupil spending at the state, county and federal level, despite a summer of angst over cuts in spending for teachers, assistants…
    Terry Stoops, August 14, 2013
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    School choice and perfect information

    I was at a secret meeting in Texas at the end of last week, so I have not had a chance to comment on a recent article written by Lindsay Wagner of NC Policy Watch, “Who will hold voucher schools accountable?”  The thrust of Ms. Wagner’s argument is that…
    Terry Stoops, June 24, 2013
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    Legislative agenda for CMS

    A few people have asked me what I thought of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) legislative agenda.  First, thanks for asking.  Second, CMS’s agenda is a mixed bag.  I’ll tackle the major/controversial proposals. 1. Adding student academic growth to student proficiency (test scores) as a way of measuring student achievement. Growth…
    Terry Stoops, November 1, 2012
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    Did Atkinson slam Tedesco by complimenting CMS?

    At the State Board of Education meeting this morning, Superintendent of Public Instruction congratulated Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) for getting “100,000+” children “to school on time.”  She did not congratulate any other school district for their successful transportation efforts. What’s up with that? Atkinson is running for reelection against Wake County…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2012
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    Authors praise CMS reforms

    In The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great Schools, Gaston Caperton* and Richard Whitmire highlight successful urban school districts and the reforms they implemented.  In the book’s conclusion, they write, Consider Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.  When Paul [sic] Gorman arrived as superintendent in 2006, he concluded that changing the…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2012