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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools enrollment down 4.6%

    Ann Doss Helms of WFAE has the details: In a sign of Charlotte’s growing diversity and the upheaval created by the coronavirus pandemic, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has more Hispanic than white students for the first time. A new diversity report shows CMS is now 36.7% Black, 27.2%…
    Terry Stoops, October 14, 2020
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    CMS relaxes more regulations to help hospitals fight coronavirus

    At both the state and federal level, much of the coronavirus policy response has focused on deregulatory efforts to assist the effort of frontline health care workers. Lawmakers and state leaders around the country have relaxed regulations on things like certificate of need laws…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    CMS parents want neighborhood schools

    Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education have considered using busing to promote racial and socioeconomic diversity.  But it appears that CMS parents from every walk of life do not support that idea. Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer writes, MeckEd said neighborhood schools consistently emerged as…
    Terry Stoops, October 20, 2016
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    Harding University HS working conditions pretty bad

    Earlier this week, a gang of students attacked an employee of Harding University High School in Charlotte.  Was this an isolated incident or indicative of Harding’s educational environment? The NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey indicates that it was the latter. Only 25 percent of teachers agreed that “students…
    Terry Stoops, June 3, 2016
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    Charlotte Observer Follows Dr. Stoops’ Accurate Analysis

    Last week the Charlotte Observer’s education writer, Ann Doss Helms, followed Dr. Stoops’ analysis regarding reliable data on student poverty percentages in schools. No surprise she did not credit him for reporting it sooner. It is the Charlotte Observer! Helms’ article: “Squishy numbers: Why it’s harder than ever to…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, September 23, 2015
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    A study of the CMS policy of accelerating entry into algebra

    Many of North Carolina’s largest school districts have debated and/or implemented policies that route a significant number of eighth-grade students into Algebra I, a course that traditionally reserved for ninth-graders.  Earlier this year, for example, members of the Wake County school board clashed over middle school math placement policies.
    Terry Stoops, June 18, 2012
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    CMS superintendent search

    The following is a representative section of the lengthy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) superintendent job announcement from Education Week’s TopSchoolJobs website: Successful candidates should possess the following qualities/skills/experiences: A proven leader with a track record of success. Leaders both inside and outside of Pre K-12 education will be strongly considered,…
    Terry Stoops, February 23, 2012
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    School choice may reduce crime

    The following is a preview of my weekly newsletter: In the Spring 2012 issue of Education Next, Harvard education professor David Deming published an insightful study of the relationship between school choice and crime.  Deming analyzed two groups of low-income African American students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) – one…
    Terry Stoops, February 13, 2012