Locke Foundation: CMS gets a D+

The John Locke Foundation, a think tank based in Raleigh, gave Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools a D+ for being “parent friendly” in a recent spotlight report. The rankings are based on 11 different measures in the four categories of school administration, teachers, safety, and performance. No NC school received an A and just 19 of the 115 school districts received grades of B or better. Most of the highest rated schools were smaller districts located in Western NC.

“With no threat of losing clientele to competitors, many schools and school districts behave like the monopolies they are,” said report author Terry Stoops, JLF Education Policy Analyst. “These school districts focus on strengthening the organization’s position and goals, rather than meeting the needs of students and parents.”

Ouch.

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Multiple car break-ins last night

Mint Hill Police said there were 16 car break-ins last night in Jefferson Colony and the Glencroft neighborhoods as well as South Hampton Road. Items stolen include DVDs, Ipod, a GPS, digital camera and a credit card. The credit card was used several times last night after it was stolen.

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