I figured Superintendent Heath Morrison and his crew would be teed up and ready to respond to the state's teacher turnover report released last week.
It was surely no surprise to district leaders that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' 2012-13 turnover rate of 15.99 percent was a 10-year high, topping the state average. And since I had taken a personal day when the report was made public at a state Board of Education meeting, I figured Morrison's crew would be more than ready to talk about CMS challenges and solutions when I called Thursday.
After all, Morrison has consistently identified teacher morale and retention as a key issue since he was hired in 2012. I figured he or his top staff would be quick to note that he brought in a national consultants to talk to principals about ways to keep their best teachers, that he convened advisory groups to talk about improving teacher compensation and school working climate, that Mecklenburg County commissioners in 2012 spent $18.5 million to bump up the state's 1.2 percent raise to 3 percent for CMS teachers and other employees.
It wasn't until late Friday afternoon that the PIO emailed this response from Cockerham: