Education

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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.

Bennett College

Officials at four colleges announced the abrupt departure of their presidents last week — Marist, Muhlenberg, Auburn and, in North Carolina, Bennett College. Officials at the historically black college for women in Greensboro are not saying why Phyllis Worthy Dawkins is leaving or why the departure was effective on the day it was announced.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members are concerned that state lawmakers have not designated money to pay for classrooms needed to comply with upcoming K-3 class size restrictions. They are also concerned that the district’s early college school programs are not funded in next year’s proposed budget.

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The latest annual Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book report ranks North Carolina as 33rd in the nation in terms of the well-being of its 2.3 million children. The report does show some improvements for the state but many of the findings are bleak.

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The number of international students enrolled at UNC Charlotte is down by 10 percent from two years ago. Changes to the student visa process and the Trump administration’s ban on travel from some Muslim countries account for much of that decline. UNC Charlotte officials hope the April campus shootings that left two students dead and four injured will not add to the falling numbers. One of those students was from Saudi Arabia.

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Sixty-two years ago, Dorothy Counts-Scoggins was ridiculed, spit on and heckled as she walked through the front doors of Harding High School on Irwin Avenue, the first African American to enroll there. Things became so bad for Counts-Scoggins, that her parents withdrew her about two weeks later out of fear for her safety. Today, Counts-Scoggins received a different welcome at Harding—now the Irwin Academic Center—a day in honor of her historic walk to break down racial barriers.

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State education officials announced Thursday that they will implement a statewide anonymous reporting system next year that students and school employees can use to report threats and other incidents. 

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"Politically driven" is how Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member Elyse Dashew described a Huntersville education advisory commission’s recommendation that the town operate its own charter school and split from CMS.

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South Mecklenburg County residents want school officials to rethink plans for a new K-8 STEAM school that is being planned as a way to ease overcrowding in several schools in the area. At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, parents’ ideas of what kind of school the area needs varied.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials are putting a lot of effort into trying to make all classrooms equitable, meaning not just giving students the same resources, but ones that fit their particular needs. On Friday, more than 150 teachers gathered at the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture to attend a two-day workshop on equity and how they can use the arts to better meet the needs of students of all cultures.

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson was the lone person to speak in favor of proposed legislation that would give money for classroom supplies directly to teachers during the state board of education meeting Thursday. State school board members raised concerns that mirror those of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials who are concerned that Senate Bill 580 would not provide enough money for classroom materials.

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CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox says school safety is his top priority and that’s reflected in his proposed budget for next year. Wilcox wants almost $22 million dollars to pay for more security cameras, fencing, panic cards for teachers and upgraded locks. 

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CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is calling for a nearly 8 percent increase in next fiscal year’s school budget. The $1.6 billion proposed budget that Wilcox present to school board members Tuesday night also includes a 15 percent increase in funds from the county.

West Charlotte

West Charlotte High men’s basketball team will play for the 4A state championship in Raleigh on Saturday. The Lions face Winterville’s South Central, a team that has only lost one game this season. West Charlotte has lost six.

When Charlotte teacher Alicia Williams was growing up in Detroit, she was often bullied by classmates. A group of middle school girls even gave her a list of 100 reasons why they hated her. Williams, who is African American, thinks the dislike stemmed mainly from her complexion being darker than those who teased her.

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North Carolina board of education members voted to close the Charlotte Learning Academy because of poor student performance on state proficiency exams and for not meeting student growth targets. The decision not to renew the charter school’s license was rendered at this week’s monthly board meeting. 

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Researchers at UNC Charlotte’s Motor Sport and Automotive Research Center are known for their work in improving the performance of race cars. They are expanding that work to now include research on lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used in smart phones and electric vehicles. The problem is they sometimes explode or catch fire.

CMS officials are updating the district’s student wellness policy to include a greater focus on student mental health needs.

The current policy focuses on physical health and nutrition and has not been updated since 2006.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials are once again lobbying state legislators to give them flexibility on the school calendar. A bill supported by CMS was filed by local General Assembly members in the House Tuesday that would allow district officials to set their own school opening and closing dates.

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