Education notes for February

District brings back school channel

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has rebooted CMS TV and see new programming on Time Warner Cable channel 3.

The relaunch of the district’s television station will help CMS keep the public informed and provide work-based learning opportunities for students.

The first new program is “CMS Insight,” a 30-minute show in which Superintendent Heath Morrison and guests discuss the district’s eight new strategic goals and the major initiatives that support them. CMS Insight premiered Feb. 2, and will air daily at 7 and 10 p.m.

A second magazine-style show will recognize employees, students, programs and schools that go the extra mile to build a culture of excellence at CMS. CMS Magazine will also be a 30-minute program, and will begin airing later in February.

Starting with the 2013-14 school year, CMS will expand programming by using the station as a work-based learning opportunity for students. This will include student-produced and student-hosted programming as well as production and broadcast internship opportunities for CMS and local college students.

Funding for CMS TV was eliminated in 2010-11 budget, after multiple years of reductions forced tough decisions for the district.

“We are glad to be able to use this important resource in a cost-efficient way. It will help us reach and inform the public about our district,” said Mary McCray, chairwoman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. “I’m also pleased that students will be able to participate in the work of CMS TV.”

Magnet school lottery now open

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is accepting applications for the magnet school lottery for the 2013-14 school year. Families must apply online by Feb. 11 at 10 p.m.

Students who apply for a magnet program must meet any entrance requirements and agree to fulfill program requirements to remain enrolled. Those who are happy with their listed placement do not need to apply.

CMS will offer nine magnet programs at 37 schools in the 2013-14 school year. Magnet themes include International Baccalaureate; Military and Global Leadership; Leadership and Global Studies; Montessori; Learning Immersion/Talent Development; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Traditional; Visual and Performing Arts and World Languages. All CMS students are taught the N.C. Standard Course of Study.

Dropout rate declines in CMS

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported fewer dropouts in 2011-12 compared to the previous year, according to a state report.

CMS reported 1,278 students, or 3.20 percent, dropped out in 2011-12, down from 1,404, or 3.57 percent, dropped out a year prior.

The report also showed that suspensions increased for the third consecutive year, while expulsions declined. CMS reported 37,464 short-term suspensions in 2011-12, compared to 35,393 a year prior and 33,589 in 2009-10. Long-term suspensions declined to 88 from 137 a year earlier.

There were no expulsions in 2011-12, compared to five for 2010-11.

New charter school to hold open house

CHARLOTTE – Corvian Community School, a new public charter school that will serve children in kindergarten through fourth grade during the 2013-14 school year, will hold open house events at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at the school, 9501 David Taylor Drive.

Registration is not required.

Applications for enrollment in the 2013-14 school year must be submitted by Feb. 15. Each year, the school will add a new grade until it serves kindergarten through 12th grade.

Find more information online at www.corvian.org.

CMS seeks feedback on budget plans

CHARLOTTE – What’s important for your school next year?

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has posted a survey to its website for the community to provide feedback on priorities to help the district leaders allocate resources.

The survey asks about issues such as funding sources, per-student spending, factors that affect the budget and employee pay, among others.

Superintendent Heath Morrison identified eight strategic goals for the district in November 2012. The survey will help the district create a budget that aligns with those goals.

The anonymous survey will be open through Feb. 8 on the district website, www.cms.k12.nc.us.

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