Race To The Top (RTTT)
CMS was among one of the districts that applied for RTTT with the state of North Carolina. Unfortunately the spots went to Delaware and Tennessee. On the other hand CMS is one of five finalists for the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize is given for improved academic achievement. Over the last several years CMS has been successful in narrowing the achievement gap between African-American, White, and Hispanic students. At $1m it is the largest such prize in the country. The runners up will receive $250,000. The winner will be announced October 19th
Layoffs of central office staff have begun. 600 teachers, school psychologists, and other support staff will also be laid off. The school board still has to find $7m in savings but it is still not clear where it will come from. Cutting all pay by 10% and consolidating schools (this year) has been taken off the table. There will be a 4-day work week over the summer, as there was last year. This will save a considerable amount on facility fees like electricity and water. There are still many decisions pertaining to budget yet to be made.
New York Times gives kudos to CMS
An editorial in the April 25th The New York Times mentioned Charlotte Mecklenburg School System as an example of success. The editorial, which was titled 'When the System Works', commended CMS and Dr. Gorman for the Strategic Staffing Initiative.
Next CMS School Board Meeting
May 25th is the next meeting and will be held at the Government Center downtown. It starts at 6pm. The agenda should be available in the week before hand.
Go to http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe/Pages/SchoolBoardMeetings.aspx to sign up and address the board with your comments, concerns, or ideas.