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Former CMS Superintendent Lands In Cushy McGraw Hill Senior VP Position

Former CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison must be a cat. Less than a month after being forced to resign due to misconduct allegations, he lands a cushy “Senior VP’ position at McGraw Hill. Continue reading

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Clark Appointed CMS Superintendent Through 2016

Charlotte Observer is reporting that Ann Clark has been appointed Superintendent of Charlotte Mecklenburg schools through 2016. Clark had been serving as acting Superintendent in the wake of Heath Morrison’s rapid departure in late 2014, after questions arose concerning misconduct allegations and claims about a ‘culture of fear’ in CMS schools.

About halfway down the first section of the article, there’s this little note about her retiring in after this term:

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CMS Schools Still Pushing Sales Tax Issue; Using School Resources?

More politicking being done in our schools.

A citizen on Twitter alerted me that CMS (Charlotte-Mecklenburg) schools are still pushing the sales tax referendum out to parents. It should be questioned if school resources were being employed to do so.

Here is the tweet containing a picture of the letter parents received from the J.M Alexander principal. It invites parents to join CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison at a meeting about the proposed sales tax increase:

I challenge teachers-provide “living wage” math problem using common core math. @LadyLiberty1885 pic.twitter.com/o4m23E7G3h

— Rebecca Smith (@TriBecca1014) October 2, 2014

These letters were not the only form of communication used.

Robo-calls were made as well. Continue reading

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CMS Received 200k From Gates For “Strategic Plan”

Apparently, Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools (CMS) received a pile of money from Bill Gates for a “strategic plan” on personalization in the classroom. $200,000 to be exact. That’s a drop in the bucket though. CMS has received $4,403,910 from the Gates foundation to date.

All that ‘one size fits all’ and ‘everyone goes at the same pace’ of Common Core not working out for you Mr. Gates? No, it’s working out just fine, but it needs to be marketed and packaged differently so we need a “strategic plan” to sell it to parents. That’s what this is folks — a new sales pitch of the same old crap.

CMS’s strategic plan is more of the same 21st Century skills propaganda and looks oddly similar to Wake County’s new “strategic plan” right down to that ‘community input’. CMS got Gates to foot the bill for their plan, whereas in Wake county it cost the taxpayer $7k for a website, $7k for a “futurist” to come flap his gums and $45K for company to conduct a survey. Those are just the costs we know about.

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CMS Superintendent Wants Common Core Opposition to ‘Be Specific’

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison wants the Common Core Opposition to be specific. I think he will be getting more than he bargained for. Ann Doss Helms over at the Charlotte Observer’s Your Schools blog has the article up on this challenge. Go read the whole article, especially the bit she quotes from the Achieve, Inc. guy. Relevant snippet:

Mike Cohen of the DC-based nonprofit group Achieve, who helped develop the standards with state leaders, said President Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan inadvertently hurt the cause by “taking credit” for the Common Core push and using Race to the Top grants to prod states to embrace the standards.

Inadvertently hurt the cause? That’s a laugh. Race To The Top grants which arguably were monetary coercion for to adopt the Common Core were funded with Obama administration stimulus funds. Most people don’t know that. For some deeper reading on The Race To The Top, check out my three part series here. Continue reading

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