Archive: Assignment

    2015

  • The new elephant in the room Dec. 10, 2015 Meeting materials here Listen in as Policy Committee chair Tom Tate tries to summarize a discussion of goals for student assignment that members had offered at today’s committee meeting: The four ...
  • Will all children benefit, or just some? Nov. 12, 2015 In the video of this meeting is a striking exchange, just a little over 3 minutes long, that goes to the heart of the fears and anxieties gripping ...
  • League holds session on assignment ‘guidelines and opportunities’ Nov. 7, 2015 Matt Ellenwood talked about the Obama adminstration’s guidance letter on how race, socioeconomics and other factors could be used as factors in student assignment. Tom Tate talked about ...
  • Champagne, or beer? Oct. 15, 2015 Meeting materials here It was Thelma Byers-Bailey who offered the CMS Policy Committee a headline metaphor that probably rings true for parents at a number of schools across CMS. Under ...
  • The past, present, and a possible future for CMS Oct. 7, 2015 Lawyers Luke Largess, James E. Ferguson II and UNCC researcher Amy Hawn Nelson addressed the past and future of student assignment in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at Covenant Presbyterian Church. ...
  • Line by line, row by row Sept. 10, 2015 Agenda here With seven of the nine members of the Board of Education present at one point or another, the board’s Policy Committee continued its slo-mo romp through the ...
  • Talk of surveys, consultants, avoiding disruption Aug. 13, 2015 Meeting materials With eight Board of Education members either in the room or participating via phone, the CMS Policy Committee Thusday wrestled again with their own aggressive timeline and ...
  • Wake and Meck – A tale of demographics Aug. 8, 2015 Back in April, the members of the CMS Policy Committee began looking at student assignment. And one of their first questions was: Help us understand the differences between ...
  • Magnet review: A first look July 28, 2015 Below is the portion of the July 28 CMS school board meeting that deals with a presentation on an initial report on visits by officials of the National ...
  • Tables removed – but not stumbling blocks? July 26, 2015 The July 9 Policy Committee meeting was held without a desk separating board members and staff. But there was a great deal of distance separating them – not ...
  • About struggling readers: The adults are failing July 8, 2015 A reading score in Level 1 ”denotes limited command of knowledge and skills.” Level 2 ”denotes partial command of knowledge and skills.” None of the students on Level ...
  • Temporary detour – or descent into fault lines? June 23, 2015 Most issues going before a public meeting of the Board of Education are put on paper and arrive in board members’ hands or inboxes several days before the ...
  • What programs sell? Magnet lottery results offer one clue June 20, 2015 When parents vote with their children’s future, what programmatic offerings sell in Charlotte-Mecklenburg? One gauge each year is the magnet lottery. The results of the first lottery this spring ...
  • Vision, Goals, Principles: Draft 2 June 15, 2015 To be adopted by Dec. 8, 2015 PDF version here Parents, educators and others are invited to submit draft rewrites of the Guiding Principles for publication on these pages. Vision & ...
  • Board offers feedback on student assignment approach June 11, 2015 Board members meeting as the Policy Committee began on Thursday to home in a bit on how staff should proceed in crafting changes to the current assignment plan. Many ...
  • UNC expert briefs board on ‘disruptive demographics’ May 26, 2015 Demographer Jim Johnson from UNC Chapel Hill met with the Board of Education and walked them through a presentation he called “Disruptive Demographics and North Carolina’s Education Challenges.” The ...
  • Board reviews assignment plan, identifies some issues May 26, 2015 “We would not get a fully accurate response if we asked parents why they choose to go to charter schools, let’s put it on the table here, because ...
  • Rewriting Guiding Principles: Draft 1 May 20, 2015 To be adopted by Dec. 8, 2015 PDF version here Parents, educators and others are invited to submit draft rewrites of the Guiding Principles for publication on these pages. The Board ...
  • Are these the guiding principles we need? May 14, 2015 A second meeting of the CMS Policy Committee this morning finished the first review of the district’s guiding principles for student assignment. Most of the discussion from board members ...
  • ‘A Dream Again Deferred?’ May 5, 2015 Steve Crump, above left, led author Frye Gaillard and researcher Amy Hawn Nelson through an evening program devoted to the legacy of Swann v. Mecklenburg. That case challenged ...
  • A process to re-examine student assignment begins April 29, 2015 Four members CMS Board of Education Wednesday set in motion the 16-month review that will look at whether to change the way North Carolina’s second-largest school district assigns ...

    2014

  • Tribalism in CMS: An update June 16, 2014 In a school district in which no racial or ethnic group accounts for a majority of the students, more than half of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, and more than half ...

        2011

      • An appeal in Wake to ‘place our children first’ Feb. 1, 2011 Our commitment is to a student assignment plan that strengthens student achievement, not weakens it. That strengthens communities, not weakens them. That strengthens parental involvement, not weakens it. ...

        2008

      • School issues put on the table Aug. 14, 2008 Fellowship holds community discussion of “Education and Poverty in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.” Discussion of paper on poverty draws unusual participants – outspoken teachers Tuesday’s community discussion put on the table a ...
      • Toronto Star reports on ‘new racial divide’ in Charlotte Feb. 11, 2008 Click here for Feb. 10 story; PDF In this article below, a daughter of ’80s CMS board member responds to Star report, laments changes in her Charlotte schools Click here ...