School starts today for Queen’s Grant!

Claudia De La Mora, Spanish teacher at Queen's Grant Prep, get's ready for the first day of school.

Claudia De La Mora of Queen's Grant

While CMS kids have a couple more days before school starts, Queen’s Grant k-8 and high school started today. The high school is located at Garr Christian Academy for hopefully half the school year while the new building on Lawyers Road gets built. Also new at the high school are 11th graders. For about changes at the high school, pick up a copy of today’s Mint Hill Times.

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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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CMS rolls out new rules for eligibility

Superintendent Gorman

Superintendent Gorman

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced new rules and procedures for verifying student-athlete eligibility.

“I think we’ve moved to the next step,” said Dr. Peter Gorman, CMS superintendent. “You can never resolve something that has on-going monitoring and compliance, you’ll just continue to have to check on it.”

CMS accepted every recommendation from the 24-member committee put together to tackle the system’s eligibility issues during the last school year.

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Bulldogs, Patriots open preseason

Lawrence Martin makes a big hit Tuesday in the Patriots' scrimmage against Catholic.

Lawrence Martin makes a big hit.

The Butler Bulldogs and Independence Patriots scrimmaged against local high school football teams yesterday. Butler scrimmaged the Olympic Trojans at 8 am, and the Patriots faced the Charlotte Catholic Cougars at 7 pm. Continue reading

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Butler and Independence players declared ineligible

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said yesterday it found three players ineligible at Butler and Independence high schools.

After an investigation by CMS Law Enforcement, one Butler High School varsity football player and one Butler High basketball player were declared ineligible. The students violated a CMS residency rule by falsifying their addresses. A junior varsity football player from Independence High School was also declared ineligible for violating the same CMS residency rule. One of the Butler students has already graduated; the other students who were not at their correct home schools will be sent to the correct schools for the 2008-2009 school year.

CMS did not release the students’ names in its press release. According to the CMS communications department, the ineligible players were discovered by tips sent to CMS Law Enforcement. The tip can come in the form of an e-mail, phone call or simply seeing CMS Athletic Director Vicki Hamilton in public and telling her directly. All tips, according to CMS, are investigated.

Superintendent Peter Gorman is scheduled to announce tomorrow at 11:30 am changes in the system’s eligibility verification policies. Developing…

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