Project LIFT will report on its first round of grant recipients at Tuesday's Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board meeting.
According to the powerpoint, those will include an array of local and out-of-state groups working to recruit and develop staff, provide summer programs for kids and help families tap into technology. Project LIFT, as most of you know, is a public-private partnership focused on West Charlotte High and the eight schools that feed into it. While the organizing has been in the news for more than a year, this summer marks the start of services for kids.
Several weeks ago, I requested numbers on teachers who were offered retention bonuses or forced to transfer from the LIFT schools, as well as results on the others who were given a choice. I've renewed that request and hope to have more to report next week. (Update: Tahira Stalberte said today those numbers will be ready "in about a week.") I'm also curious about how close the group is getting to its goal of having $55 million pledged by June to spend over the next five years.
While I'm updating (and giving blog readers a respite from Reno reports), I didn't forget about doing a story on the 2012 CMS payroll. I had one written and ready to run, but after I hopped on the plane, CMS reported that the file they'd given me omitted Race to the Top bonuses. I'll update the database and the story soon.