Report: Fixing high-poverty schools will require dramatic steps

Consultants tell school board members that CMS can't make major gains without turning around its lowest-performing schools.

Dramatic steps are needed to fix our lowest-performing schools, the Charlotte Observer reports today.

That assessment was delivered to school board members Tuesday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman and a group of consultants who spent four months studying CMS data and visiting schools.

But with the district running a possible $70 million budget deficit, will there be money enough to retain even the district’s current level of services?

Gorman talks of replacing more principals, offering more pay incentives and reassigning teachers against their will to achieve better results in high-poverty schools.

The school board begins the 2009-10 budgeting process at a session scheduled for Friday.

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