Archive: It’s about time

    2016

  • Bestiary 2010, 4
  • Ready for kindergarten? 8-20-16: CMS has a “Ready for School – Parent Checklist” posted that accompanies an update on how adults can prepare children for the new experience of kindergarten. There are immunizations to ...
  • Bestiary 2010, 5
  • Environmental scan 7-14-16: Using KPMG data, the Business Journal noted that Charlotte has “the ninth-most favorable tax structure for businesses” and for manufacturing operations “the fourth-most cost-effective tax structure among the U.S. ...
  • Bestiary 2010, 6
  • Non-assignment agenda 5-29-16: The June 2 CMS Policy Committee meeting will NOT explore student assignment issues. The agenda shows discussion of revisions in policies JBA about harassment of students by employees; GBA on ...
  • Bestiary 2010, 7
  • Brown? Brown who? 5-16-16: “Both racial and poverty segregation create educational challenges for students and are related to unequal opportunity. Many schools are affected by both at the same time in a pattern our ...
  • Bestiary 2010, 8
  • More on Pre-K 4-1-16: No April Fool’s Day prank, a News & Observer op-ed column by professors at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke argues that the study that found no lasting benefit to ...
  • Bestiary 2010, 9
  • What principals bring March 27, 2016 “Research shows that principals’ subjective evaluations of teachers may offer valuable information on teacher performance beyond what student test scores alone can capture, including contributions to the school’s ...
  • Bestiary 2010, 10
  • Clean it up 3-21-16: We’re delighted to see another group rolling up its sleeves to learn about CMS. And the CMS Families United for Public Education, which has abandoned its narrower moniker of “for ...
  • 2010 Bestiary, 11
  • Together we can 3-20-16: The Census pegs Joe and Joanne Average’s household income in Mecklenburg at $56,472. So if all their income went toward buying the new $98.4 million high school that CMS ...
  • 2010 Bestiary, 12
  • Making choice work 3-17-16: The first report from the CMS survey about community attitudes about student assignment raises may issues. Among them: On map at right (click to enlarge), by board district, are percentages of ...
  • 2010 Bestiary, 13
  • It’s not about busing 3-11-16: The Charlotte Chamber’s Natalie English asked CMS Supt. Ann Clark to summarize her March 9 message to the chamber’s Workforce Development Committee. The message? Parents are “looking in the ...
  • No magic, just work 3-7-16: Between 2011 and 2015, Garner High cut its annual dropout rate from 5.62% to 1.42%, a 75% drop, Matt Dees writes for EdNC. Assistant Principal Joe Bundens: “I don’t ...
  • Reading, phase 2 3-1-16: We’ve heard this before: Drill-and-kill may give young children decoding practice, but drill-and-kill won’t make them proficient readers because the next step – understanding what they are reading – ...
  • New look, same goals 2-26-16: This website’s new format launched this morning. The conversion should make the content more accessible on today’s variety of screen sizes.
  • Is this a trial balloon? 2-22-16: School board member Eric Davis speaking to his District 5 constituents at Myers Park Baptist Church.  

    2015

  • Any second thoughts? 2-19-15: So you arrive at the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter is squinting at his ledger. He looks up. “Old Man Thrugbottom, your business competitor. He came by here awhile ago. It ...