Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CMS Teacher Raises; Eastland Mall Rezoning; Meck County Retreat

Jan 31, 2020

Friday, Jan 31, 2020

CMS teachers get a raise. Efforts to rezone the old Eastland Mall begin, a first step in turning it into a headquarters for Major League Soccer.  Gaston County becomes a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary, joining about 19 other North Carolina counties with their proclamation.  And Mecklenburg County Commissioners are sorting out their 2020 priorities as they begin their annual retreat.

Clockwise from top left: Ann Doss Helms, WFAE; Glenn Burkins,; Jonathan Lowe, Spectrum News; Erik Spanberg, the Charlotte Business Journal

On this week’s Charlotte Talks local news roundup…

There was some good news for teachers in Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools this week as the school board approved the budget for this year including a 3% average raise for teachers. The raises are still less than the overall raises proposed by state lawmakers and the governor.

The first steps towards turning the former Eastland Mall site into Charlotte’s major league soccer headquarters was taken this week, when the city of Charlotte and a developer filed a rezoning petition for the site.

Gaston County passed a resolution this week that made it a second amendment sanctuary, adding to a growing list of North Carolina counties doing the same thing. What does it mean, and what other area counties are considering the same move?

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners met this week at CPCC for their annual retreat to discuss this year's priorities. We'll give you the highlights.

Mike Collins and our roundup reporters fill you in about those stories and much more on the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup.


Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal 

Glenn Burkins, editor and publisher of

Jonathan Lowe, anchor/ reporter for Spectrum News

Ann Doss Helms, WFAE Education Reporter