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Language in bullying policies stirs debate (access required)

Sara Preston remembers the three-year battle before the North Carolina General Assembly passed the School Violence Prevention Act in June of 2009. The law requires the state’s public schools to adopt policies banning students from bullying and harassing their classmates ...

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Commissioners defer vote on library task force funding

The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners deferred a vote Tuesday night to give $75,000 to a library task force, saying more time was needed to learn where the money would be going. At the commissioners meeting, county manager Harry Jones requested that the ...

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Albemarle nonprofit to replace Open Door

Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services has recommended Monarch, an Albemarle-based nonprofit, to take over some of the services that had been offered by Mecklenburg Open Door, a county contractor that has come under scrutiny for unauthorized expenses. County General Manager Michelle Lancaster-Sandlin ...

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Foxx appointment riles committee members (access required)

It was Sept. 16, the night before his first Business Advisory Committee meeting as chairman, that Eric Dudley received a call from Kevin Monroe, assistant to Mayor Anthony Foxx, saying that there had been a mistake. “He said there had ...

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City (sometimes) makes the grade (access required)

Charlotte’s fiscal 2010 year-end report, released Sept. 29 by the city’s Budget and Evaluation Office, shows good news. The goals, broken down into five focus areas — community safety, economic development, housing and neighborhood development, transportation and environment — were ...

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Per-capita landfill load drops but some not satisfied (access required)

When populations surge, logic dictates that a community’s garbage will increase and, therefore, the amount ending up in landfills will also rise. In Mecklenburg County, where the population has grown 31.4 percent from 2000 to 2009, Bruce Gledhill, solid-waste-management director ...

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