Education

  No air conditioning at YMCA-run after school facility in Clover, parents say

  Cornelius town leaders talk future of public education, potential split with CMS

  Getting a meditation program inside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

  Parent says daughter is living in college dorm covered in ‘black mold’, making her sick

NC teacher on administrative leave after alleged inappropriate comments about VP Pence

  Charlotte teacher enlists Ballantyne school to help a coastal school hit by Dorian

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  CMS board approves two new schools to relieve overcrowded South Charlotte high schools

  SC mom launches movement after daughter reprimanded over school attire

School on Ocracoke Island flooded, damaged following Dorian

  How a Union Co. dad wants parents to help keep cars from passing stopped school buses

‘Enough is enough’: Fort Mill eighth grader’s ‘humiliation’ prompts dress code battle

Local school districts announce closings, delays due to potential impact from Hurricane Dorian

Thousands sign petition calling Fort Mill student dress code ‘unrealistic, unfair’

The petition describes the district’s current dress guidelines as “unrealistic, arbitrarily enforced, and unfair,” particularly for female students.

  Gaston Co. fifth-grader buys book bags full of donated supplies for fellow students in need

Emma Lineberger, a fifth grader at Rankin Elementary, had looked around at her classmates and that’s when an idea popped in her head. She realized the supplies she had in her own backpack weren’t the same as her fellow students. Emma wanted to change that for them.

  Your tax dollars funding new school bus security cameras, already catching cars illegally passing stopped buses

Those watchful eyes come in the form of new security cameras that are constantly recording. They’ve been added to all 108 county school buses both inside and out.

  Pineville teacher with Panthers-themed classroom surprised with sideline tickets

A passion for education, a classroom decked out in Carolina Panthers gear and the power of social media led to quite the surprise for one Pineville teacher Thursday.

CMS Board of Education accepting Community Equity Committee applications

  Charlotte mom uses three-hour school bus delay to teach kids about compassion

CMS Board members tweak policy on how you can join the district’s Community Equity Committee

  Last bus drops students off at 8 p.m. on first day of school in Charlotte

  CMS heads back to school with new superintendent making stops throughout the day

  Investigation: CMS bus drivers still on roster after multiple accidents

  New ‘Stop the Bleed’ kits equip York Co. teachers for worst-case scenarios

Teachers in York County now have a kit with tools to help students with serious injuries in a worst-case scenario.

  Caldwell County Schools bans on-campus vaping

Officials with the Caldwell County School System say they have taken a stronger stance in enforcing the use of e-cigarettes beginning this school year.

  Changes in place as students start new school year

Summer is coming to an end for many students in the WBTV viewing area. A new school year lies ahead with leadership changes and updated safety measures.

  Parents worry about buses without air conditioning, SC Department of Education working to find solutions

As kids across the Midlands go back to school this week, many are riding on buses without air conditioning.

  Local school district Superintendents talk teacher, bus driver vacancies ahead of new school year

While thousands of students spend this weekend making sure they have all of their last minute preparations ready for the first day back, our local districts have to make sure they are ready and fully staffed to have these students back in the classroom.

  Gaston Co. law enforcement stresses safety on roads ahead of new school year

With just a weekend left before school heads back for Gaston County Schools, law enforcement are teaming up to make sure students get to school safely. But they need you’re help to make it happen.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools chief communications officer to resign

Tracy Russ announced on social media that he will step down as chief communications officer of CMS on Friday, August 23.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools lists 15 apps that could be dangerous to children

Officials say these apps aren’t dangerous when used correctly, but parents should be aware that people with bad intentions can use them to target their children.

CMS announces changes to curriculum ahead of new school year

The new school year means new changes for grades K through 6th when it comes to English Language Arts and eighth grade for math.

  Doctors offer tips to help your child transition to a new school

Doctors advise parents on how to help their kids transition schools.

Troopers to ensure drivers stop for school buses as classes start

Troopers say they are increasing their focus around school zones and monitoring driving behavior before and after school.

‘It has been hell’: Mom, other parents say CMS is failing students with special needs

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is currently investigating a dozen other cases in which CMS has been accused of violating the civil rights of students with disabilities or special needs.

  UNCC police explore innovative ways to make classrooms on campus safer

After taking a deeper look at the deadly campus shooting in April, securing internal doors in classrooms was an area police saw an opportunity to strengthen security.

S.C. school district responds to teacher’s lawsuit for out-of-pocket classroom costs, unpaid work

The lawsuit claims the district broke state and federal laws by requiring her to pay for school supplies out of her own pocket and work for free at school-related events.

  UNC Charlotte students, faculty return to campus with safety changes for new semester

UNC Charlotte campus officials have soaked up every moment this summer to get prepared for students and staff returning to campus.

  Police, school district alerted to concerns with Lincolnton principal a decade before arrest for sex crimes, records show

A concerned parent called police about interactions between his son and the principal at his son’s school more than a decade before the principal was arrested on charges related to having sex with students, records obtained by WBTV show.

  Hundreds of teachers look to local organization to help fund school supplies

Back-to-school shopping is usually an annual practice for parents getting their children ready for each new school year.

  Chester County Schools expands Mentoring Matters program

Chester County Schools is expanding its Mentoring Matters program to include all elementary and middle schools this year.

  Catawba Ridge High School welcomes inaugural class

Nearly 1,000 students will attend the Fort Mill School District’s third and newest high school: Catawba Ridge High School.

  New sidewalk in Indian Land helps keep students safe

Safety is a priority for students who walk to Indian Land Middle School and Indian Land High School. For a long time students have been walking on the side of the road and sometimes in the road to get to school.

  This Gastonia principal will gift a donated book to each student on their birthday this year

Local businesses have stepped up to the plate, conducting their own collections and handing them over to the principal.

  CMS leaders respond after receiving racist messages, emails

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders responded after some school officials received racist and threatening messages and emails this week.

  Earnest Winston sworn in as superintendent, CMS Board approves price increase for school lunches at meeting

The swearing-in ceremony happened at the CMS Board of Education meeting.

  UNC Charlotte chancellor talks future, past as he approaches retirement

Last week Philip Dubois announced he will retire at the end of next school year, on June 30, 2020. He sat down to talk with WBTV exclusively about his expectations for the future, and some of the highlights and horrific acts he has handled throughout his long career.

  CMS adds new gun-detecting K-9, more use of metal detectors, crisis alert system ahead of new school year

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district is adding a new gun-detecting K-9, more use of metal detectors and a crisis alert system ahead of new school year.

  UNC Board of Governors chairman issues statement defending interim president following WBTV story, dodges request for interview

The chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors issued a statement defending the system’s interim president, Bill Roper, in response to a WBTV investigation that found Roper repeatedly failed to properly disclose his seats on two corporate boards on state ethics forms.

  Smooth opening to early start for Avery County Schools

The big change this year is the start date for the Avery County Schools, which came about two weeks earlier than in recent years.

  Summer’s over for school kids in Avery County

The public school system’s first day of class is Wednesday.

  UNC System head, former UNC Health Care CEO didn’t disclose corporate board seats that paid millions on ethics forms

William Roper, the current interim president of the University of North Carolina system and former longtime CEO of the UNC Health Care System, failed to disclose his seats on the boards of major corporations between 2011 and 2019, at the same time as those corporations did business with the state.

  Mooresville students head back to school early this year

Students and staff in Mooresville started class earlier than usual this year, but school leaders think the new schedule will benefit students.

  ‘School Prayer Zone’ road signs popping up around Richland Co., SC ahead of new school year

As students and teachers around the state gear up for another school year, a Columbia non-profit is reminding people to say a prayer for those within the state’s public school system with new roadway signs.

  UNC Charlotte shooting survivor weighs in on deadly El Paso mass shooting

UNC Charlotte shooting survivor Drew Pescaro says he isnt trying to push an agenda, but he does want people to take the discussion of gun violence seriously and talk about change after yet another deadly mass shooting.

  Earnest Winston named new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) board named Earnest Winston the district’s top educator Friday morning: CMS superintendent.

  Queen City STEM School adds new campus, expands high school

Queen City STEM School in Charlotte is adding a new campus and renovating their existing campus as they head into the new school year.

USM to offer free tuition to Mississippi National Guardsmen

The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi National Guard to offer free tuition to the state’s citizen soldiers and airmen.

S.C. tax-free weekend returns Friday to help with back-to-school shopping

With classes set to resume in a few weeks, parents and students can get a jump start on their back-to-school shopping with South Carolina’s annual Sales Tax Holiday.

Gov. Cooper vetoes bill to increase virtual charter school enrollment

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed SB 329: Various Charter School Changes on Monday afternoon, preventing virtual charter schools in North Carolina from enacting a number of new measures.

  CMS Acting Superintendent appoints interim principal at West Charlotte High School

The announcement was made by Acting CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston at last night’s school board meeting that former CMS teacher & principal Dr. Michael A. Turner would fill the role as interim principal of West Charlotte High School for the year.

  Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum talks about resignation of CMS superintendent

The group meets every Tuesday, but this was the first time the group met since Wilcox resigned.

  Teachers support, defend CMS Superintendent amid his resignation

Understandably, teachers and families have a lot of questions about CMS Superintendent D. Clayton Wilcox deciding to step down.

  CMS Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox to resign Aug. 2

The resignation comes after the CMS board met at the Government Center to discuss Wilcox’s contract Friday at 9:30 a.m.

  What CMS is getting out of hiring a PR firm

We are told the firm assisted with several items including statements read by board members.

  Rock Hill Schools participates in eLearning pilot program

The program provides another way for schools to fit in make-up days in the school year.

  Lancaster County Schools to distribute bus passes to elementary bus riders

The passes will have the child’s name, their parent’s phone number and the bus number they should be riding on.

  CMS Board hires PR firm for damage control of superintendent suspension

Sources say the firm is expected to specifically to handle the situation involving the superintendent’s suspension so that CMS employees wouldn’t have to deal with a situation between the board and superintendent.

  CMS board to meet Friday morning to consider superintendent’s contract

The meeting comes a week after the board held a five-hour closed meeting session to evaluate Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

Can of mace found during safety screening at South Meck High School

Officials say the mace was found during the routine safety screening. Students involved in violations will be disciplined according to the CMS Code of Student Conduct.

  CMS interim superintendent speaks on new role after suspension of Wilcox

CMS's new interim superintendent took questions from reporters Monday night and spoke about the new role he is stepping in to.

  CMS Board suspends Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox

Sources say the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board (CMS) has agreed to suspend Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox. The school board met behind closed doors Friday morning to discuss the superintendent’s job performance.

  ‘I wanted to be part of the solution’ Charlotte woman on why she founded The Concierge Teacher

The certified elementary teacher has been in education for 12 years - six of those in the classroom teaching kindergarten and fourth grade.

Niner University Elementary will not open until 2020 due to low enrollment

UNC Charlotte officials say the postponement is due to lower than expected applications from eligible students, despite robust recruitment efforts.

  ‘It was me.’ CMS Superintendent says he dropped the ball on lack of fingerprinting new hires

Security experts say fingerprinting adds another layer to a background check.

  Former Lincolnton HS Principal charged with multiple sex crimes with student

Former Lincolnton High School Principal Tony Worley has been arrested on multiple counts of indecent liberties and sex activity with a student. Worley, 56, voluntarily resigned last Monday after he was suspended.

  CMS leaders worried as deadline approaches for K-3 class size changes

As the district and other districts across the state try to bring down class sizes so that your kids can have a better educational experience, the newly-vetoed budget doesn’t seem to help the problem.

West Charlotte High principal announces resignation for out-of-state job

She will leave CMS at the end of the month, and will become the director of school improvement at Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools in Georgia.

  NC students would be required to take personal finance classes to graduate if new bill becomes law

Students in North Carolina are one step closer to learning more about their future when it comes to making and managing their money.

North Carolina votes for personal finance classes in schools

Despite some objections from teachers, a bill requiring North Carolina teachers to teach a full-credit economics and personal finance class cleared the final hurdle in the state's General Assembly

  K-9 finds loaded gun during security sweep at CMS summer school program

A loaded gun was found on Rocky River High School’s campus Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says.