We won't see Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' spending plan for another three weeks, but some interesting bits are coming out as the school board start planning. Among them: CMS is paying $510,000 to Teach For America this year to support the 216 teachers the group has placed in local schools.
Fees go to the organization to pay for recruiting, training, administration and ongoing support for TFA cadets. Those teachers are paid like any others, based on experience and credentials.
School board member Joyce Waddell asked for an update on the TFA fees at Monday's budget session. Chief Financial Officer Sheila Shirley said the fees aren't calculated on a per-teacher basis. But several of us whipped out our calculators to do the math: It's more like $2,361 per teacher than $10,000.
Board member Rhonda Lennon asked how CMS can correct false statements that are made in public meetings, whether they come from officials or members of the public. Superintendent Heath Morrison said he plans to email all commissioners with the accurate TFA fees. CMS is also keeping budget info posted on its web site.
Stay tuned here for more budget nuggets, including the latest on the cost of changing school hours, or bell schedules.