CMS budget packet
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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.


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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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has a segregation problem. That much isn't new, and shouldn't come as a surprise to any teacher, parent or administrator who's worked inside the school district, but sometimes it's hard to fully wrap your head around. Now, a group of UNC Charlotte grad students is hoping to fix that.

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox
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Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who resigned abruptly in July, was accused by at least two senior administrators of making comments offensive to minority and female employees, the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday.

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Waking up is hard. Even harder when you're a teenager who has to be at the bus stop at 6 a.m.

One WFAE listener, Jennifer Morell, wrote in to "FAQ City" wondering why our high schools start so early in the morning, and if our kids might be better served if we pushed back the opening bell.

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How's this for a bright start to the school year? Northwest School of Arts unveiled a new entrance mural on Friday. The multi-colored art piece wraps around four cinderblock columns at the building's entrance - previously a drab gray - and spills down the front steps and onto the sidewalk, washing the entire entrance in rainbow colors, bright patterns, and images of notable artists and creatives.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is the subject of twelve current investigations by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. According to the Charlotte Observer, complaints in those cases accuse the district of violating the civil rights of students with disabilities or special needs. 

Eastover Elementary School

This week Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools faced troubling allegations about its past, even as leaders try to focus on school safety for the coming year. A lawsuit says CMS overlooked reports of child abuse against a private after-school operator in 2013. That man is now behind bars after being charged with taking indecent liberties with a 6-year-old student last year.

Tracy Russ
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ chief communications officer Tracy Russ announced Thursday that he’s stepping down immediately.

Russ was hired by Clayton Wilcox, who resigned under pressure from the school board early this month. His departure could be the start of a staff shakeup under new Superintendent Earnest Winston.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center

Hate mail and racist remarks have long been a reality for people in public life – especially for African Americans. But instead of quietly commiserating with colleagues, a few Charlotte officials are calling out those messages in public meetings.


A rebellion against North Carolina’s school calendar law has gotten the attention of state lawmakers. About a dozen districts have started earlier than the law allows. One key legislator says the state can’t keep looking the other way, but it’s unclear whether officials will ease up or crack down. 


A new classroom wing that will convert Davidson Elementary School into Davidson K-8 School will be ready to take sixth-graders Aug. 26, officials say.

Nico, the CMS gun-sniffing dog, is rewarded with a toy after finding an unloaded gun in a book bag during a demonstration for news media.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools showcased its latest safety measures Wednesday, from panic alarms that trigger automatic lockdowns to a German shepherd trained to sniff out guns in classrooms. 

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Updated 4 p.m. 8/2/2019

Smarting from the fallout of two superintendent searches that ended in failure, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted Friday to name Earnest Winston superintendent with no plans to conduct a search.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

The state has authorized acting Superintendent Earnest Winston to lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools even without the traditional qualifications, a move the CMS board is likely to make official Friday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials say their latest figures show that nearly 1,200 new and re-hired employees who were never fingerprinted during background checks have gone through that process with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. About 2,100 still need to be fingerprinted. 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Acting Superintendent Earnest Winston says he will not make any major administrative changes, for the time being, in the staff left behind by Clayton Wilcox who resigned as superintendent last week. On Charlotte Talks Monday, Winston says he is excited to be at the helm of CMS and is focused on getting schools ready for the Aug. 26 opening.

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The westside residents who gathered at a Freedom Drive school Monday night had hoped to hear Superintendent Clayton Wilcox talk about hiring a new principal for West Charlotte High. Instead, about 50 people heard Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board chair Mary McCray acknowledge that her board had just suspended Wilcox indefinitely.

CMS students in class.
Gwendolyn Glenn

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system is calling on lawmakers to give them an extension on rolling out new K-3 class size restrictions. That's after lawmakers declined to include funds to build new classrooms in an updated state budget proposal.

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A loaded gun and a non-lethal Taser-like device were discovered at Rocky River High School during a random screening for weapons today.