• CMS to make specialized learning focus for future

    By: Andrew Doud


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Marquea Gold is a 10th-grade student at Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology. His school is celebrating National Chemistry Week, which falls right in line with what she wants to do as an adult. It also parallels the schools commitment to STEM focused learning.

    "I think it helped me because this is what I want to do so I'm learning early," Gold said.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Heath Morrison is making specialized learning a primary focus for the future of CMS.

    "For a long time we've taught kids what but we haven't taught them why and how," Morrison said.

    Last week, he broke down the school systems strategic plan which focuses on six goals including increasing magnet schools within CMS.

    "We've got programs in our school system that are in high demand. Morehead STEM Academy has a wait list of 1,400 students," Morrison said.

    Morrison said the school system will also partnering with Central Piedmont Community College for a medical magnet program and University of North Carolina at Charlotte for early college programs.

    Expanding the focus of learning will take money, but CMS can't say how much right now.

    Morrison said they will rework existing funds they have, look for grant money and tap into public/private partnerships.

    He expects a formal proposal to be ready next month.

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