Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Pros

    -Great interactions with the students
    -Consistent work schedule
    -Flexibility and creativity are encouraged
    -Great collaboration with other teachers
    -Lots of professional development

    Cons

    The salary is a little bit low. Sometimes the hours required are longer than expected.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary


  2. Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time

    Pros

    Supplement provides significant increase in salary.

    Cons

    Working conditions provide little opportunity.


  3. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Making a difference and love of children and watching them prosper!

    Cons

    Too much on-campus politics. Decisions could be made based on if they LIKE you personally or NOT! Promoting friends and family members...just because. If you collaborate with the wrong people on staff...you could be less favored.

    Advice to Management

    Children First! Period!


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  5. NC and US has waged war on public service jobs

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    Current Employee - 5th Grade Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - 5th Grade Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with some wonderful people. The kids are great.

    Cons

    I make so little money and work so hard. I am the single dad who can't make a career out of no raises, long hours, and low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to quantify all learning in the classroom.


  6. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg has some good schools.

    Cons

    The pay is not that great for teachers.


  7. Chemistry Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the kids
    Salary Pay
    Summer Vacation

    Cons

    Meetings
    Long Work Weeks (50-60Hrs)
    Grading
    Work load never seems to decrease


  8. Hardworking people but fighting a losing battle

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People at CMS are working really hard to help kids close their opportuntiy gaps despite coming from low income communities. They have given raises to new teachers in the last year. They are starting to offer a 12-month pay check option. There are always many openings. There are many professional development oppotunities if you know where to look. They are starting to slowly go to 1:1 with student technology which allows for more differentiated, individualized instruction. You can earn extra money for some coaching positions and extended day (after school tutoring) employeement.

    Cons

    CMS is too large of a district to adequately support the needs of all its students. It is comprised of both rural and urban schools as well as high, mid, and low income neighborhoods. Students in all these areas need different support in order to be successful. The pay is not fantastic (this is more of a North Carolina problem than a CMS problem) and there isn't much pay-for-performance opportunity -- so even if you are produing large growth, you will not be compensated any more than a teacher who does the bare minimum and even does not meet the growth expected for the year. You will not leave your work at school ever if you work in a Title 1 school -- where most of the openings are. You are expected to do at least 60+ hours of work a week if you are to complete everything and produce quality products.

    Advice to Management

    Back teachers as much as possible, but make sure to have genuine relationships and really know the students in your building. Also, push to have the distrcit rezoned into smaller more manageable districts. There is no reason for it to all be under one umbrella.


  9. Secondary Teacher

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    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of the higher paying school districts in North Carolina (although that's not saying much).

    Cons

    The district is too large. There's no way to adequately support all the initiatives put out by the district when it's this big of a range of students, schools, and geography.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be split into different districts, not just zones. Don't rely on the one-size fits all model. Compensate your teachers.


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    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to interact with several wonderful students.

    Cons

    People are not hired based on their experience. They are hired based on who they know. The only way to get more money is to go into admin.


  11. If you have to teach...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They respect their employees. They are always surveying employees to see what they can do to improve. They offer a larger supplement than the surrounding counties.

    Cons

    They waste money on certain programs then never evaluate the benefit of the program. Some programs are not making any improvements and are quite costly. Like where they pay for any student to take the AP exam. Many students abuse this as they go to the exam and just play around distracting those who are trying to earn college credit. Then these students' teachers are judged based off of the scores earned on the exam.

    Advice to Management

    Only pay for AP exams if the student has a B or higher, maybe a C, in the course or if they have a financial need. Or require all AP students to take a teacher final even if they take the AP exam.



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