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Filed Under:United States / Charlotte
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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Write-in votes: Jennifer Roberts for mayor?

Jennifer Roberts for mayor? Sure, say some voters.The former Mecklenburg commissioners chair and congressional candidate received 18 write-in votes in the recent election for Charlotte mayor, according to a report on the Nov. 5 election. Show More Summary

Spivey's retirement message

Myers Park High Principal Tom Spivey told families Friday he will retire from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this summer. Here's his message: Letter from Principal Tom Spivey MPHS Family, It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement effective July 1, 2013. Show More Summary

Charter application: Is it cheating?

As charter schools take on a growing role in North Carolina's public education picture, the dispute over Cameron Creek Charter School's application illustrates some of the challenges of sorting through who gets permission to open the...Show More Summary

More about CMS schedules

Parents who are unhappy with the hours at some Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools have been meeting with district officials to talk about alternatives. Susan Plaza, one of the parents, says that after several less formal meetings, Superintendent Heath Morrison created a task force (in addition to the 22 he announced to advise on his strategic plan). Show More Summary

Ellis-Stewart recaps eventful year

In case anyone has forgotten how much went on in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this year, board Chairman Ericka Ellis-Stewart summed it up in a statement released just before she turned over the post to Mary McCray, who has been vice chair for the past year. Show More Summary

Wide range of poverty in CMS schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released its annual report on student poverty levels Friday. See the levels for each school here (the document lists schools alphabetically, followed by the same list sorted by poverty levels).There hasShow More Summary

CMS payment ends legal battle over 'touching'

The settlement released Monday between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and former teacher Jeffrey Leardini ends a legal battle over how the district handled a 2006 complaint that he had improperly touched students at Community House Middle School.A jury awarded Leardini $1.1 million in February, concluding that CMS misled him into a hasty resignation. Show More Summary

North Meck's Poole: Redo boundaries

Some residents of northern Mecklenburg County have been upset about high school boundaries since Hough High opened in Cornelius in 2010. Jimmy Poole, who retired as principal of North Mecklenburg High in 2005 and leads the North Meck...Show More Summary

CMS raises: Who got $17,000?

After a month of Observer queries about the market adjustment raises Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools awarded in a June 26 vote, CMS has released the details on who got what. Read the list here. Almost 250 salaried staff, including many principals and assistant principals, got market raises, and 26 got annual bumps of $10,000 or more. Show More Summary

Morrison's final eval, Hattabaugh's farewell

Heath Morrison got a final job evaluation from the Washoe County school board this week, and it's glowing. He got top marks in every category, with the board calling him "a recognized tour de force."Wednesday was Morrison's last dayShow More Summary

Twin law gives parents new power

Putting twins, triplets and other siblings into separate classes may be standard practice, but the N.C. General Assembly has legislated that parents get to decide whether that's the best approach for their children. Here's the text of...Show More Summary

Inside the 'Rock Hell' Hells Angels

The indictment that prompted today's arrests of 19 members and associates of the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels offers a rare glimpse into the secret workings of the motorcycle club -- a detailed system of hierarchy,...Show More Summary

Latest plan for CMS raises

As Mecklenburg County commissioners prepare for tonight's budget vote, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Chairman Ericka Ellis-Stewart has emailed them a plan for a "three-way partnership" to provide 3 percent raises to CMS employees. Show More Summary

Hattabaugh: CMS raises aren't certain

Mecklenburg County commissioners said Wednesday that their preliminary agreement to restrict $18.5 million of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools budget was designed to ensure that employees get 3 percent raises. But interim Superintendent...Show More Summary

$95 an hour to retrieve school board emails

After the Observer requested emails related to travel spending sent by school board members in May, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools public information department responded with this cost estimate from Southeastern Technology Group,...Show More Summary

CMS awards iPads but slows wifi rollout

The rumors are true: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools won't be inviting all students and staff to bring their own tablets and smartphones to school in August after all. The January announcement of the sweeping "bring your own technology"...Show More Summary

Morrison greets his new staff

After winning unanimous approval for a four-year contract as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Heath Morrison sent an email blast to CMS employees today. Morrison, who currently leads Washoe County Schools in Reno, Nev.,...Show More Summary

$10 million iPad competition for teachers

There's a pot of about $10 million for buying teacher iPads, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said today. This week the district notified teachers they can compete for iPads for themselves and their classrooms, part of the push to get all...Show More Summary

Hattabaugh: Change teacher pay scale

Changing North Carolina's teacher pay scale is "the most important reform needed in public education today," interim CMS Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh told the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Tuesday. His remarks were emailed to employees; here's what he told the lawmakers.Good afternoon. Show More Summary

CMS rethinks testing, ratings

Here's the letter interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh sent to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees before Tuesday night's school board meeting. The new "summative," or end-of-year tests and the value-added ratings based partly on those scores created controversy among teachers and parents last spring.From: "Hugh E. Show More Summary

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