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CMS Superintendent lays out aggressive new plan

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte Mecklenburg School's superintendent laid out a aggressive plan Monday to get the district on the right track.

Dr. Heath Morrison told a crowd of nearly two thousand at the Belk Theater in uptown Charlotte Monday night that he (count 'em) eight goals for CMS.

"We believe each of the eight goals are incredibly important to hit upon if we're going to make good on our promise to be about every child, every day for a better tomorrow," he said. 

One of their top goals, said Morrison, restoring public trust.

"We are not going to be so arrogant to think that we have ever earned the public trust," he said. "It is constant. It's never-ending. We got to constantly be reaching out, constantly listening. That doesn't mean we won't make some decisions that are not popular."

Another goal: focusing on technology. Morrison said that's a critical tool for teaching students if they are going to be prepared to succeed in a constantly evolving world.

"The reality of what we need to prepare our students for is they will not be looking for jobs, they will need to create their jobs," he said.

Morrison is also adamant about closing the achievement gap.

"It is about not narrowing the gaps, but closing gaps and it is about every student graduating with a post-secondary plan."

Whether that plan is college, or entering the workforce straight out of high school, Morrison said the gap has got to be closed. There has to be top-notch, quality education for every child.

Of course, none of that is possible, he said without having an effective teacher in every classroom. That also means give teachers the training the need to be the most effective.

"We have to have dedicated professional development for that critical time of entry where we tend to lose so many of our teachers during the first five years," he said.

Morrison also spoke to the need for teacher's to receive feedback on their performance in the classroom and specifics on where they need to approve and how the district will help them do that.

To read Morrison's presentation in its entirety, click here.

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