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This year, 19 of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' 31 high schools made the 2018 Challenge Index list that ranks Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs nationally — not by test scores, but by the number of students from a school who took an AP or IB exam.

An AP Statistics class at East Mecklenburg High School.
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This year, 19 of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ 31 high schools made the Challenge Index list, which ranks schools based on participation in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge programs. The index is calculated by taking the number of exams given for any of the three programs and then dividing that number by the number of graduating seniors from the same school. 

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg officials say more bus drivers are leaving the school system for higher paying jobs. District officials are not only grappling with filling the vacant spots, but also making sure students are arriving home on time.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is starting its second round of water testing Monday. CMS said the second round of testing will include 17 high schools, 15 middle schools and three administrative sites, all built before 1989. The district will send parents notifications before testing happens at their child's school and when results will be available.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members held a breakfast meeting Wednesday with municipal officials to dispel what they call "misunderstandings" about their future plans for school construction in the townships.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials have received praise and criticism from parents about the decision to close schools Thursday and Friday in light of Hurricane Florence. Many parents had to scramble to find day care for their young children, and some childcare centers are receiving lots of calls for service.


The continuing lack of progress that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have made in closing the gap in the test scores of students of different races has school system officials and education advocates looking for answers. State officials released test and graduation results this week, which also showed a decline in CMS’ graduation rate.

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Sobering is how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox described the district’s student test scores and graduation rate for last year. 

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Monday was the first day of school for the majority of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students. Additional security measures and a new student assignment plan to make schools more diverse were in place. In an interview on Charlotte Talks, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said overall things went well.

CMS Chief of Police Lisa Mangum, center, is flanked by an FBI special agent and other police chiefs to announce a new campaign to stop hoax threats.
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FBI officials launched the "Think Before You Post" campaign at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg School today. It’s a national effort to inform the public about the consequences of posting fake threats against people and facilities. Here, the focus is on students.

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Safety is on the minds of school officials in South Carolina as students return to school this week, considering the deadly incidents that occurred at several schools last year.

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Davidson officials plan to meet the town’s growing public facility space needs through the purchase of a vacant school that’s owned by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

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With the first day of school less than two weeks away, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials still need to hire more than 100 teachers and bus drivers. 

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Hopewell High School principal John Dino Gisiano, who was suspended with pay in July, has resigned, according to CMS officials.

In a message sent to parents Tuesday night, Matt Hayes, the school’s Learning Community Superintendent said retired principal Michael Turner will serve as the Beatties Ford Road school’s interim principal.

Graduations rates are slowly rising in North Carolina's public universities, but disparities remain among each school and their racial demographics. 

About 72 percent of freshmen who started at a UNC System school in 2011 got their degrees within six years, but graduation rates are still significantly lower at institutions with more low-income students and people of color.

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Last month, North Carolina General Assembly members passed legislation that will allow Cherokees without degrees or certification to teach the tribe’s language and cultural practices to native students. Eastern Band Cherokee officials say they don’t have enough licensed teachers fluent in their language to reach all students, and they fear it will die out.

North Carolina has a new law to give a school district more flexibility if it has a lot of struggling schools - and the law applies only to Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

The Art Institute of Charlotte  (pictured here) is expected to close soon, along with its campus in Durham.
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Declining enrollment is one reason why the owners of the Art Institute of Charlotte say they are closing the school. The Los Angeles-based, non-profit Dream Center Education Holdings announced the closure this week, along with Art Institutes in Durham and Charleston, SC. South University in High Point, which Dream Center also owns, will close as well. About 3,000 students will be affected.

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The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold President Trump's travel ban from seven mostly Muslim countries has college enrollment officials at UNC Charlotte concerned about the message it sends.

Johnson C. Smith University

Johnson C. Smith University has received a $100,000 federal grant to expand a space used to create products and collaborate with others on technological and entrepreneurial ideas. The grant is administered by the State Library of North Carolina.