Education

Superintendent Finalists Meet The Public

Apr 12, 2012
Tanner Latham / WFAE

It was a long day yesterday for the three CMS superintendent finalists. In the morning, they visited some schools. In the afternoon, they rotated through a series of forums in three locations Uptown. And last night, they all participated in a forum at Northwest School for the Arts. This report tracks when the three candidates visited the Government Center in the afternoon. 

Today is the last day for CMS students to enter the lottery for coveted seats in the district's thirty-seven magnet programs. Most of the magnets will have long waiting lists. But there's one likely exception: Marie G. Davis Military and Global Leadership Academy. Visions of boot camp and drills may keep many students away. But staff and students at Marie G. Davis say that's the wrong idea. 

A crowd filled the auditorium in CPCC's Overcash Building to hear the 12 candidates running for three at-large seats on the CMS Board debate. There are twelve candidates actively campaigning for three at-large seats on the CMS school board. Wednesday night, they fielded questions from the public at a forum hosted by the non-profit MeckEd and WFAE.

CMS School Board Forum Gets Interactive

Oct 19, 2011
WFAE file photo

Twelve Charlotte Mecklenburg school board candidates will take the stage tonight in a forum hosted by the non-profit MeckEd and WFAE. It's not clear what topics exactly they'll be quizzed about since that's up to audience members who will vote on cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Two CMS schools are now operating monthly food banks to help feed students and their families. Shamrock Gardens and Albemarle Road elementary schools received a grant from Target for new libraries and books. That also included a monthly drop-off of food from the Second Harvest Food Bank. Both schools have high numbers of kids from needy families.

Business-Law Degree To Launch Next Year

Sep 22, 2011

UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte School of Law will soon offer a joint law-business degree. The new program will allow students to earn both a JD and a Master of Business Administration in eight semesters. Pursued separately, those degrees would take an extra two semesters beyond that. Denise Spriggs is the Charlotte School of Law's interim dean. She says many law students have requested the program because it gives them more flexibility in their careers. "People in business recognize the value of having someone with legal expertise on their staff," says Spriggs. "It's kind of getting a two-for-one. I'm getting a lawyer, someone who has that background, but who also has the business skills that I need." Students will have to apply separately to each school. The joint-degree program will launch in the fall of next year.

Public school children in South Carolina are caught in the middle of the high-profile debate over stimulus funding. Gov. Mark Sanford plans to reject money the school system says could save 700 jobs. 

Gorman responds to teacher protest

Mar 12, 2009

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman says teachers calling for administrative layoffs have their facts wrong. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators yesterday organized a protest of teacher layoffs and called for "pruning the top" instead. 

CMS set to cut 456 teachers, 83 assistant principals

Mar 11, 2009

The school board grappled with two parts to Superintendent Peter Gorman's recommendation to trim the classroom positions. First was the part about eliminating 456 teachers and 83 assistant principals. This brought about 120 teachers and school support staff to a protest behind the CMS Education Center uptown prior to the board meeting.

Bigger Teach for America Pool at CMS This Year

Aug 26, 2008

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