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Zebulon Vance was a Confederate general, a slaveholder, a North Carolina governor and a U.S. senator -- but he won't be the namesake for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school much longer.

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A county mandate to raise all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools staff to at least $15 an hour could lead to the loss of 175 jobs, the school board chair told county commissioners Friday evening.

CMS says the Centegix system repeatedly failed.
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Updated 6:29 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is suing an Atlanta company that sold a panic-alarm system that the district says doesn't work. The suit filed at federal court in Charlotte on Wednesday seeks a refund plus damages from Centegix, saying the company failed to deliver what it promised. 

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Updated to reflect Monday night's CMS board meeting.

Last week schools across North Carolina and South Carolina hummed with energy of students learning.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is moving up its spring break, but first, students and teachers are being told to report to school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The school board made that decision during an emergency meeting Friday night, as they discussed how to respond to the coronavirus.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted Friday to move up spring break in hopes of buying time to prepare for possible longer closings.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools notified families Thursday evening that all sports, competitions and school-based performances are canceled as the coronavirus pandemic reaches Mecklenburg County.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has canceled all field trips and all staff travel outside of the county  as concerns about the coronavirus spread. 

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CMS has suspended all district-sponsored travel for students and staff, and Duke is suspending on-campus classes until further notice, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect schools across the country and in North Carolina.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has canceled international field trips through July and limited domestic travel for staff because of the coronavirus.

Police cars are stationed outside of Butler High School after a shooting Monday morning.
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Gun possession in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spiked to 22 cases in 13 schools last school year, according to a report presented to the state Board of Education this week. And that’s not even counting a fatal shooting at Butler High in October 2018.

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Leaders of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are trying to get the community thinking about the future of school construction, even as they seek more money for the projects already approved.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted Tuesday to scale back the size of three new high schools that are part of a 2017 bond package. And CMS staff says there will still be a surplus of more than 4,000 high school seats when those new schools open.

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This week Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says it will provide details on cost overruns and changes to school bond projects – and will start laying the groundwork for a 2023 bond.

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Facing a barrage of criticism and questions from parents, Superintendent Earnest Winston announced Saturday that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will withdraw controversial student survey questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said fifth-graders got the questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, but a CMS official says fifth-graders only took the school climate survey without those questions.

Some Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parents and teachers say they're concerned about a mandatory survey being given in class that asks students in grades 6-12 to list their sexual orientation and gender identity.

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A growing number of North Carolina’s charter schools are setting aside seats for disadvantaged students in their fiercely competitive admission lotteries. It’s part of a $37 million push to make those schools more diverse.

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The number of teachers leaving North Carolina public schools declined in 2019, and that trend also played out in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville and Kannapolis school systems.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board approved a 2019-20 budget Tuesday that includes teacher raises averaging 3%. The vote came more than halfway through the fiscal year, delayed by the deadlock between the state’s Democratic governor and Republican-led General Assembly.

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Mecklenburg County commissioners asked pointed questions Wednesday about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' purchase of a panic-alarm system that doesn't work. But in a joint meeting with the school board and Superintendent Earnest Winston, they got little more than what Winston disclosed in a Jan. 10 news conference.

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