CMS, local food, and Harold Cogdell, on the latest episode of 282 w/ Carlton Hargro
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Justin Ruckman
See previously: our inaugural episode of 282 last week.
Continuing our new weekly current events roundup, we look at three new topics this week:
- CMS: Will the real CMS please stand up? Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools received another major recognition last week — for leading other big cities on national reading and math tests. Add that to a number of other accolades recently bestowed on the school system (like the Broad Prize). At the same time, CMS is regularly criticized for violence in schools, low test scores, student re-segregation and teacher layoffs. So which one is it? How can CMS be both a failing system — and a top-notch one?
- Local food: Over the course of 2011, Charlotte became home to several new, independently owned restaurants (like Fern, Halcyon, etc.) — challenging the old notion that the Q.C. is just a place for chain-restaurants. So, does this mean that the city is finally on its way to being known as “food town”?
- Harold Cogdell: This week, County Commissioner Harold Cogdell (on this, his second try) successfully ousted Jennifer Roberts as Commission chair. This seemingly bloodthirsty move against a fellow Democrat put him in league with Republicans like Bill James — and out of sorts with many of the people who voted for him and commissioners from his own party. Which begs the question: Who is Harold Cogdell?
Carlton is joined today by the following panel:
- Mary C. Curtis (@mcurtisnc3), Washington Post
- Matthew Vincent (@matthewRvincent), Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar
- Julie Sheffer (@mecked), MeckEd
Thanks to everyone who watched today at noon during our live stream of the show’s taping. We’ll continue these streams going forward, so feel free to tune into cltblog.com/live at noon for our next taping.
We’ll return in January for a couple more online-only test episodes, and hopefully a brand new set. Then we’ll begin broadcast on WTVI starting January 30th!
Until next time …