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Charter Schools Unfairly Maligned

Our local entertainment weekly, Creative Loafing, in their typical leftist style, denigrates Charter Schools. Pretending to be unbiased, saying she thought about sending her children to one, Erin Tracy-Blackwood tells all. She begins by telling us she has seen too many unmotivated teachers in the public school system so she decided to send her children [...]

September 8, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Teacher Walkout Just More of the Same

Sunday brings us the Charlotte Observer and another of their ubiquitous rants in support of bigger, irresponsible government. Mr. Kevin Strawn, no doubt a shill for the union styled North Carolina Education Association, writes about Monday Teacher’s Walkout, prior to its occurrence. He gives us as examples teachers who left teaching in public school to [...]

November 8, 2013 | Posted in CMS Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Why My Child Will Now Be Homeschooled

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Greetings. Below is my wife’s (Tamrah Bordini) article on why we will homeschool our daughter and the experience with CMS: I have never wanted to homeschool, although I admire those parents who can and do. I never considered it myself until I met the mother of one of my daughters preschool friends at the pool [...]

November 6, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,House Guests,House Specials | Read More »

No For CMS Bonds in November

*Editors note:  Our friends at SPARK (Strategic Partners for Accountability and Reform of Key Educational Performances) and SMART (South Mecklenburg Alliance of Responsible Taxpayers) have provided PunditHouse with the following position paper outlining their opposition to CMS bonds on the ballot this November 5. OVERVIEW: After allowing the bond process to unfold, it is now time [...]

October 7, 2013 | Posted in CMS Beat,County Beat | Read More »

“Friday Fellows” Viewpoint Wrong on Education

Sunday’s local government newsletter (the CO) brings us two more diatribes opposing the actions of the Republicans in the state legislature. 65 cosigners to this letter in Sunday’s Charlotte Observer oppose every change made including one enhancing the choice of vouchers for some students. They write: “A new voucher program will draw resources away from our children who attend [...]

August 19, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,CMS Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Goodbye, Julius Chambers

Julius Chambers, the black attorney who was instrumental in integrating Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, died over the weekend. His vision is being buried with him. Today in the Charlotte Observer, there’s a story on the latest CMS task force, which has the unenviable task of salvaging this wasteful, dysfunctional, sprawling bureaucracy. Key among the task force’s goals [...]

August 8, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat | Read More »

CMS Dishing Up Big Bucks For Free Breakfasts

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The old adage advises that there’s no such thing as a free lunch (or breakfast, in this case), but don’t try telling that to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Not content with the district’s free- and reduced-price meal program, the school board this month approved a new Universal Breakfast initiative that next school year will [...]

June 16, 2013 | Posted in CMS Beat,House Specials,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Morrison Shuffles Race Card Into CMS Deck

Superintendent Heath Morrison this week marked his first 100 days at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools by unveiling his vision for moving the district forward, which includes a push for promoting “cultural competency” as a way to ensure that teachers, administrators, and overall district practices “reflect and embrace the diversity of CMS.” Part and parcel of the initiative [...]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

CMS Communication Breakdown

A newly released outside audit of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ communications department revealed comprehensive flaws in the division’s performance and effectiveness, tied largely to “inadequate strategic communications leadership.” So naturally, Superintendent Heath Morrison reacted to the $20,000 audit by firing the executive director in charge of the department shifting the chairs on the deck of a sinking [...]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Rotten Apple Junketeers

After having to scrap their trip earlier this year to London, a gaggle of elected officials and GovCo staffers from Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are off this week taking a bite out of the Big Apple, and lifting a chunk of change from the taxpayers’ pocket in the process, as [...]

October 25, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,CMS Beat,County Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

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