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 ...
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 ...
‘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
Prov. Spring 21.98
Eliz. Lane 21.74
Park Road 21.54
Polo Ridge 21.49
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.
Park Road 50.0%
Albemarle Road 46.2%
Windsor Park 43.5%
Independent eyes Dec. 11, 2014
Two conversations at the Fellowship’s meeting this morning bore on current topics of public interest.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Marchers protest cuts to westside schools Oct. 16, 2010
About 200 protesters walked from the Federal Courthouse to The Square to protest proposed closings of Waddell High and other westside schools.
WBTV’s coverage is here.
Arrests at a school board hearing Oct, 13, 2010
Video above posted to YouTube by charpost on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.
The Post’s story on the arrests at Tuesday’s CMS hearing is here.
The Post’s story on Tuesday’s hearing ...
CMS enrollment grows a bit more than expected
Sept. 29, 2010
CMS student enrollment growth has slowed since the recession, and as recently as this summer CMS officlals foresaw only about 1,300 new students. Instead, at the 20th day, ...
Nonprofits’ exempt status with IRS in jeopardy Aug. 27, 2010
More than 700 Mecklenburg-based nonprofit organizations face revocation of their tax-exempt status uniess people involved with the organizations take action by Oct. 15.
The list includes PTAs, homeowner associations, ...
Assignment proposal 1999 – bad then, worse now Feb. 9, 2009
The economic downturn has county and school budgets under stress. Supt. Peter Gorman is talking about merging failing schools, about eliminating hundreds of teachers, raising class size, probably ...
Educating all children – by design
Feb. 5, 2009
From left above, Mickey Aberman, Deacon Jones, Jim Henderlite and Araminta Johnston listen as the voice of the Century Foundation’s Richard Kahlenberg, shown at left, comes over the ...
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 ...
Gorman’s decisions on moving principals May 28, 2008
CMS Supt. Peter Gorman told the school board May 27 that he would move seven principals, demoting or transferring incumbents who have led seven schools where academic improvement ...
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 ...
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 ...