Students stuck in persistently low-scoring schools will likely be able to use the 2017 assignment lottery to seek seats in higher-performing schools, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board agreed Tuesday.
Chidarrell Palmer-Glaze said she has always wanted to send her children, Ellijah Palmer, 10, and Cail Glaze, 7, to private school but never thought she would be able to afford it. Thanks to North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship, designed to help low-income parents move kids from public to private school, she now has enrolled them in Charlotte's Male Leadership Academy.
The 2016-2017 school year begins Monday for most public schools in the North Carolina – that includes 2,477 regular public schools, 167 charter schools and one regional school. While the number of students remains relatively flat this year, the amount of state money invested in public education continues to grow.
Senate leader Phil Berger’s science adviser is rumored to be a candidate for a new UNC environmental policy initiative funded by the legislature. Berger complains of a lopsided “partisan homogeneity” at UNC, with conservative job candidates shut out.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students aren’t likely to notice changes when they return to class Aug. 29, despite a national furor over the district’s new plans for dealing with transgender students, Superintendent Ann Clark said Wednesday.