Archive: General

    2016

  • Tackling fear and indifference Aug. 12, 2016 From a commentary published in Educate! on April 22, 2005 in the days immediately following the resignation of Supt. James Pughsley. The community can tackle the big issues of ...
  • Integration is ‘about reconstituting what we have, including ourselves’ July 1, 2016 Comments at a 2002 UNC Chapel Hill conference by john a. powell, currently a Berkeley School of Law professor, as first published in Educate!, Sept. 5, 2002: Produce a ...
  • The search for consensus in a divided community June 16, 2016; first published in Educate! Feb. 3, 2002 From a report headlined “Board Retreat: 3 one-act plays; School board hears good news about goals achieved, bad news about prospects ...
  • Gangs: High schools beefing up security forces to meet rising challenge June 11, 2016; first published in Educate!, March 3, 2006 Supt. Jim Pughsley said CMS is adding security associates at high schools as evidence increases of gang activity. “Some situations we are ...
  • ‘A Superintendent Speaks’ Taking guise of a candidate for a top schools position, longtime reformer calls for fundamental cultural change to refocus public schools on children’s needs July 9, 2016; originally published in Educate!, Aug. ...
  • A summer hiatus June 8, 2016 Starting Thursday, the Fellowship’s board will be on hiatus for the summer. This site may be just as active, or more likely less so, as members disperse. But to ...
  • Average class size, by school March 10, 2016 For all CMS K-5 and K-8 schools, the average number of students per classroom, in descending order: Hawk Ridge 22.44 Davidson 22.13 Prov. Spring 21.98 Eliz. Lane 21.74 Park Road 21.54 Polo Ridge 21.49 Washam ...
  • Where the mobiles are March 7, 2016 For all CMS K-5 and K-8 schools, the perentage of all classrooms at a school that are outside in mobile units. Collinswood 51.1% Park Road 50.0% Albemarle Road 46.2% Windsor Park 43.5% Montclaire ...
  • Conference to ‘imagine a path forward,’ 45 years after Swann March 6, 2016 The flier above is for a conference to be held Saturday, April 2 at the UNC School of Law, 160 Ridge Rd., Chapel Hill. Entitled “Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg at ...

    2014

  • Independent eyes Dec. 11, 2014 Two conversations at the Fellowship’s meeting this morning bore on current topics of public interest. Procedural oversight CMS board member Eric Davis continues to suggest publicly that the school board ...
  • The ‘culture of fear’ Nov. 7, 2014 We used to see it in schoolhouses in the ’70s and ’80s. Some teachers lived in fear of old-school principals who could wield unchecked power on a campus ...
  • VOTE: It’s your future Source: democracync.org Oct. 11, 2014 “Black turnout dropped by 3.7 percentage points more than white turnout in Kansas, and by 1.5 percentage points more than whites in Tennessee after voter ID laws ...
  • A turning point in Ferguson? Aug. 15, 2014 Perhaps Ferguson, Missouri will once again bend the arc of history toward justice. After many nights of horrific conflict reminiscent of the 1960s, Highway Patrol officials walked with protesting ...
  • ‘Hot Topic’ of the day is… July 6, 2014 “Welcome to my new page!” Heath Morrison wrote as he launched a “Heath’s Hot Topics” blog last year. “So much of my job has to do with communicating ...
  • ‘Don’t ever, ever shy away from a good struggle’ June 20, 2014 “Science actually shows that when you’re struggling to solve a problem or to understand a concept, you’re forming new pathways and connections in your brain. “So struggling isn’t a ...

      2012

    • Obama on Newtown: ‘We will have to change’ Dec. 16, 2012 From the President’s address at a memorial service today in Newtown, Connecticut: “Someone once described the joy and anxiety of parenthood as the equivalent of having your heart outside ...
    • John Everett Andrews, 1927-2012 Oct. 13, 2012 The Swann Fellowship lost one of its earliest and most dedicated members this week with the death of John Andrews. John was involved in the Fellowship from its first ...
    • Morrison answers questions raised by parents Oct. 4, 2012 “What I want to do is have these conversations and ask, what are we doing really well, and what can we do better? “And then from those conversations we ...
    • We’ve set the wrong criteria in superintendent search Jan. 2, 2012 I saw the results of the Superintendent Search survey.  They had surveyed three groups – teachers, high-school students and the public at large. What I find most interesting is ...

      2011

    • New CMS board faces immediate test of direction Dec. 10, 2011 Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting allows the public an opportunity to speak out on how to serve the district’s high-needs children. The Eric Smith superintendency of 1996-2002 saw the ...
    • A new Board of Education Dec. 14, 2011 Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting marked the installation of new members and the beginning of a new chapter in the board’s work. We congratulate Ericka Ellis-Stewart, lower left, who ...
    • Reviewing school board election results Nov. 10, 2011 The Fellowship’s regular monthly board meeting always seems to fall two days after a school board election, so it has been a tradition for the Fellowship to gather ...
    • Thanks for all who ran for CMS board; congrats to winners Nov. 8, 2011 Today’s victory by Ericka Ellis-Stewart, Mary McCray and Tim Morgan closes out a long and difficult, if possibly momentous, election for the CMS Board of Education. But first let ...
    • At-large school board candidates interviewed on 10 topics Sept. 30, 2011, from material from 26 pages originally posted on or before Sept. 30, 2011 Fourteen candidates in the 2011 election for three at-large seats on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of ...
    • What type of leader? June 9, 2011 Within an hour of my hearing the news of Dr. Gorman’s departure, a retired journalist all but stuck a microphone in my face and asked what kind of ...
    • ‘Segregation is an educational and social disease’ March 20, 2011 “Segregation is an educational and social disease. Sometimes its impacts are ameliorated for a while in some places, but the broad relationship is clear and strong. “Isolation by poverty, ...
    • School board decisions on budget cuts Feb. 8, 2011 On Bright Beginnings: Delayed until Feb. 8 meeting Voting to delay: Eric Davis, Rhonda Lennon, Richard McElrath, Kaye McGarry, Trent Merchant, Tim Morgan, Tom Tate, Joyce Waddell. Delayed until regular budget ...
    • Gorman on how to treat children Jan. 27, 2011 … treat every child in the community like they were your own child.” – Supt. Peter Gorman in Jan. 27, 2011 interview with qcitymetro.com   The quote above was taken from ...
    • Redirect anger over proposed budget cuts Jan. 9, 2011 To the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community: Have we in a year’s time lost 8% or 10% of our interest in our children? Do we think 8% or 10% less of their ...

      2007

    • Swann Board endorses League’s Equity Funding ‘Call to Action’ Dec. 20, 2007 At their Dec. 13 board meeting, directors of the Swann Fellowship endorsed the League of Women Voters’ “Equity Funding – A Call to Action.” The vote was unanimous. The ...
    • How North Carolina counts dropouts Jan. 24, 2007 N.C. dropout rate accounting is about to change. An explanation from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction: North Carolina’s current method for calculating dropout rates has been widely criticized. A ...
    • Leandro-type lawsuit underway in Washington State Jan, 5, 2007, The Seattle Times “School-district officials, union leaders and civic activists are poised to file the most sweeping lawsuit against the state of Washington over education spending in three ...

      2006

    • Reviewing the legacy of the 1966 Coleman report Dec, 7, 2006 Equality of Educational Opportunity: A 40-Year Retrospective Wisconsin Center for Education Research, December 2006, 27 pp. Adam Gamoran and Daniel A. Long   “Equality of Educational Opportunity, the 1966 landmark ...