Education

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Johnson C. Smith University was placed on probation last week by its accreditation agency. This week that agency released a bit more information about why it made that decision. It cited concerns about the school’s financial stability and control of its resources. But there are still a lot of questions. Smith officials are playing the probation down, saying they expect to clear it up soon. They, too, are not providing any specifics.

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Johnson C. Smith University's accrediting agency has placed the school on probation.


Gwendolyn Glenn

During segregation, many all-black public schools had roles beyond being a place to get a diploma. They were used for celebrations like wedding receptions and dances. Sometimes they were secretly used by community leaders to plan strategies or hide activists from lynch mobs.

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Johnson C. Smith University has received $1.8 million in grants to expand its STEM program and expose students at two schools in west Charlotte to computer science and other forms of technology.

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The Beacon technology blog is offering k-12 teachers a chance to compete for six grants that they can use to buy supplies and materials for technological-related classroom instruction. The grant awards range from $500 to $1,000.

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A third of CMS school board members will be new next year, but it’s unlikely that’ll mean much of a change in the board’s direction. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Out of school suspensions are down so far this year for CMS students in kindergarten through second grades, but racial disparities still exist. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg school officials, there have only been 29 students suspended at those grade levels this school year, compared to 139 for the same period last year. But school officials say, 55 percent of the students suspended were African-American males.

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The nearly $1 billion bond for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools has received significant opposition in north Mecklenburg county from residents who say it doesn’t adequately address the area’s growth. CMS officials say that area has benefited more from past bonds, and that other parts of the system have bigger needs. 

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November’s election will mean big changes for the CMS school board. At least a third of the school board will be new, since three incumbents aren’t running. This year, there are several contentious issues in the mix, such as the district’s new student assignment plan and the nearly $1 billion school bond referendum.

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A new report released by an early childhood education advocacy group, found that 44 percent of elementary schools in North Carolina had chronic absenteeism rates of between 10 percent and 19 percent. That means these students missed 15 or more days of school in a year.

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