I still do not understand how CMS could shut down what is considered one of the best magnet schools in the country … amazing.

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They bonded over shovels.

It was a Friday in March, a day off for students. Parents and kids from two middle schools, Davidson IB and J.M. Alexander, met on the Alexander campus. They were partners in an arranged marriage. Davidson was closing at the end of the school year. Alexander would take Davidson’s students and faculty. Nobody was thrilled about it.

Back in the fall, when the school board made the decision, the feelings were bare and raw. Davidson families blasted the board for killing off one of the best magnet schools in America. Alexander families got mad at the idea that their school didn’t measure up. Board member Rhonda Lennon said Davidson parents seemed unwilling to send their kids to school with poor black students. Davidson parents threatened to walk away from CMS.

Now, a few months afterward, everyone had calmed down. But the relationships still needed tending. The principals of both schools thought sprucing up the Alexander campus might be the way to spruce up the mood.

via Starting with a clean slate – together | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

These cuts are indeed devastating and will have a long-term impact on our community.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman on Tuesday recommended cutting more than 1,500 jobs – including hundreds of teachers and assistants – to bridge a $100 million budget gap.

His plan also calls for saving money by lengthening the day at schools around the county, and by cutting more than a thousand children from the Bright Beginnings preschool program.

He stressed that his proposals marked only the staff’s “best thinking” at this point, given current projections about shrinking state and federal dollars.

“These cuts are absolutely devastating to the work of CMS,” Gorman said. “These cuts… are going to detrimentally impact that lives of our students.”

via ‘Devastating’ cuts could end 1,500 CMS jobs – CharlotteObserver.com.

Kudos to Joni Trobich

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Very proud of my good friend Joni for her continued support and dedication to Charlotte’s public schools.

At least one Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member may want to let PTAs raise money for teacher salaries, but national and state PTA rules forbid that, the head of the Mecklenburg PTA Council says.

“Anyone who has ever been involved with PTAs’ financial operations should be aware of that prohibition,” Council President Joni Trobich said in an e-mail after reading about board member Tim Morgan’s proposal.

Parents started talking about raising money to save teacher jobs last summer, when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was laying off hundreds. Trobich and Superintendent Peter Gorman shot the idea down then, saying it raises a host of ethical and practical questions.

via PTA official: We can’t pay for teachers – CharlotteObserver.com.