Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is the primary school system in Mecklenburg County. It's public, and it has more than 148,000 students and 175 schools throughout the county. It's also one of the biggest employers in the county, with more than 19,000 teachers and other workers. It's the second largest school system in North Carolina, behind only Wake County. CMS is governed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education.

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The Charlotte area has plenty of public, charter and private schools, but in August, it will get a whole new type of school designed to help students who need a new option. 

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Tuesday's holiday concert at William Amos Hough High School in Cornelius will showcase a program that unites some of the school’s best student musicians with classmates who have disabilities.

Listening to the students practice is enough to set your stomach rumbling, as the experienced musicians guide the newcomers with instructions like this: "Doughnut, doughnut, doughnut, rest. Souuuuup, cake, cake."


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board abolished the district's graduation project Tuesday. But district leaders say they won’t stop pushing students to learn research and presentation skills. 


Elyse Dashew was unanimously elected to chair the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Tuesday, the first new chairperson since Mary McCray was first elected in 2012.

Eastover Elementary School

The former operator of a Charlotte after-school program was sentenced to five to eight years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to three counts of felony indecent liberties with a child.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' graduation project is almost certain to come to an end Tuesday, though it may be reborn in a new form.


On Tuesday, Mary McCray, a retired teacher, will hand off the gavel after seven years as chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board.


Community House Middle School Principal Jamie Brooks has become something of a cybersleuth — a necessity in a digital world where adults with bad intentions can mingle freely with teens with bad judgment.

Her latest venture yielded a chilling warning for parents of adolescents.


John LeGrand is leaving Butler High School in Matthews after five years as principal, moving into a job overseeing 29 schools in center city Charlotte.

Teachers at Oaklawn Language Academy near uptown Charlotte protest before school Wednesday morning
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' 9,000 teachers will get raises averaging 3%, based on a Friday school board vote that taps state money for experience-based hikes and county money to boost the local supplement.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is preparing to drop its required graduation project after state lawmakers mandated that they pay up to $75 reimbursement for low-income students.

The change was part of a bill that passed this summer to reduce standardized testing.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will soon have a new Office of Compliance and Transparency — even though district officials don’t yet know the cost of the office and can’t describe exactly how it will operate.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted unanimously Tuesday to promote Deputy General Counsel André Mayes to the district's top legal job.

Elisa Mendez / Reedy Creek Elementary

Twelve weeks into the school year and still without a raise, teachers plan to picket outside some North Carolina schools Wednesday. 

They're not talking about walk-outs or strikes, but a less disruptive type of demonstration called "walk-ins."


Hidden Valley Elementary School serves a small northeast Charlotte neighborhood just off Interstate 85. But every morning’s car line includes taxis and shuttles bringing children from much farther away.

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Despite extensive government programs to help students who are homeless or otherwise in need, there are always gaps.

Huntersville police car

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher who recently was accused of having sex with a student was found dead along with her husband at their Huntersville home Wednesday morning, police said.

Dashew, De La Jara and Shipp

Incumbent Elyse Dashew and newcomers Jennifer De La Jara and Lenora Shipp won at-large seats on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Tuesday.


As the 2020 school shopping season begins, narrowing the list can seem easy. A quick internet search will yield ratings from services such as Niche and GreatSchools, and North Carolina grades its public schools on a handy A-to-F scale.

But some researchers, educators and families say those ratings, which are primarily based on student test scores, say more about students' race and family income than the quality of education. 


Friday kicks off the 2020 school choice season in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as well as some charter schools in the region.

As options expand and competition intensifies, parents can find the scene a bit overwhelming.