Another student has been charged with bringing a gun to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school. According to police, the incident happened Monday at West Charlotte High School. No further details were provided by CMPD. In just 17 days of class, this marks the eighth weapon— seven guns and a knife— to be found on school property.
The County initially withheld $56 million from the school district after concerns of an inequality gap between minority students and white students. After harsh negotiations by both sides, CMS will not only get the amount originally requested, but an additional $12.1 million in overall funding.
“We are dismayed that this funding dispute has reached the point where we must seek statutory resolution. But we will not stand by while the County impedes our efforts to educate students,” said Elyse Dashew, chair of the Board of Education. According to CMS, the county’s budget, which was approved and passed on the first day of the fiscal 2022 year (June 1), will leave the district underfunded by $81 million.
A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by parents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who want to do away with students in virtual classrooms. The lawsuit filed last September alleged that student's productivity levels dropped without being in-person. The group also argued that kids without computers would fall behind if there was no real classroom instruction.
One person who strongly disagrees with Cooper's assessment of the state's current education model is Steve Oreskovic. The 25-year veteran middle school teacher, co-chair of the CMS Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Council and member of the CMS Metrics Committee joined WBT's Bo Thompson Morning Show to give his perspective on state officials pushing to reopen schools for in-person instruction.
"We're pushing for choice," Rebecca Ivanov told WBT's Bo Thompson on Tuesday. "And a lot of people have signed up for Plan B, we were patient in August and saying "Okay, they're going to wait until the data comes out." Now here we are over 100 days into school. You've got surrounding counties that have been operating."
An 8-1 vote to stay with the district's current format and keep all-remote learning until at least Feb. 15. Under the current set of guidelines, middle and high school students would return to class on Feb. 22. with teachers coming back days before to prep for in-person instruction.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg School board had an emergency meeting and voted 8-1 to continue remote learning for several more weeks. Many CMS schools were scheduled to resume in-person learning next week. The action was taken on the recommendation of health officials as they watch the increase of viral spread.