CMS remains opposed to HB514 because it is not what is best for our kids, students and families across Mecklenburg County. HB514 offers no clear path for higher academic achievement, could disrupt public education, drive taxes higher, and lead to more segregation and fewer educational choices for families not just in Mecklenburg County, but across North Carolina.
CMS wishes to provide continued stability and clarity for families as they make decisions about education. CMS believes that the district's cooperative proposal to the Matthews Town Commission for a joint task force to find solutions on school overcrowding, inadequate teacher pay, school safety and outdated facilities is still the best path forward for families and students. The district also wants to work with Huntersville, where a town hall meeting was held May 15.
CMS remains open to good faith discussions both locally and in Raleigh, but will continue to oppose HB514. CMS believes that families should be made aware of the possible impacts of HB514 so that they can make the best education decisions with their students. See the full text of HB514 at this link.
HB514 Impact 1: Students may have to leave high-performing schools where they already have guaranteed seats and are achieving today. WHY?
HB514 Impact 2: Parents might pay more taxes with no guarantee their children would have a seat in the very schools they are paying for with their hard-earned money. WHY?
HB514 Impact 3: Children and students may not benefit from career preparation and certification programs, language academies, arts and music programs, exceptional needs supports, mental and emotional health access, athletic opportunities, transportation, and other offerings in CMS. WHY?
HB514 Impact 4: Families with students in CMS magnet schools may lose seats. WHY?
HB514 will open the door to a more segregated community and close the door on access to opportunities for those who need it most in Mecklenburg County. WHY?
What DO we know about HB514?
See the text of HB514 here at this link.
There are many more questions than answers about HB514. As proposed, HB514 would authorize the towns of Matthews and Mint Hill to establish and operate their own schools.
HB514 would allow Matthews and Mint Hill to establish a preference for their own residents over those citizens who live outside their town limits, including every child in Mecklenburg County who does not live in Matthews and Mint Hill. In addition to being paid for by their town residents, schools set up by Matthews and Mint Hill would be paid for by all the other citizens of Mecklenburg County, most of whose children will not be able to attend these schools.
Informational documentsThe following documents are from the Huntersville town hall meeting May 15.
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