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Forging ahead: more principals put in academically struggling schools in CMS

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A handful of principals at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are being shuffled to other schools in the district next month, as the effort to place strong leaders continues. Superintendent Peter Gorman this week shuffled leadership at five schools where about half or less than half of students are on grade level. Nathaniel Alexander and Albemarle Road elementary schools and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle will all receive new principals. These principals will be given a 10 percent merit pay increase, a possible bonus in the second year as long as they commit 3 years to turning the schools around. Existing principals at Lincoln Heights Elementary and Eastway Middle will also receive the same incentive for getting their schools up to speed. Principals at all of these schools have the power to bring in hand-picked assistant principals, facilitators and up to five teachers. This latest move brings the total number of principals with the most autonomy at academically struggling schools to 19.