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More than 230 people turn out for June 24 community engagement forum
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education met with about 230 parents, students and neighbors at a June 24 community forum. The forum was the third in a series of four meetings the Board is holding related to its comprehensive review of CMS’ guiding principles. Visitors met in the South Mecklenburg High School auditorium, then split into groups to discuss individual principles before gathering again to review the small-group sessions.

The review, titled “The Case for Continuous Improvement: A Comprehensive Review of CMS,” is intended to align decision-making in transportation facilities use and funding with the goals of the district’s Strategic Plan 2014: Teaching Our Way to the Top

Opinions and suggestions included:

  • Following student-assignment guidelines
  • The need for a combination of equitable resources and curriculum at all CMS schools
  • Clarification and stabilization of school feeder patterns
  • Clarifying the process and rules for the district’s student-assignment policy
  • Creating an overcrowding policy for schools
  • Better criteria and communication established when deciding to close schools
  • Clarification of the Board’s definition of diversity
  • Addressing the tensions between families who want children to attend neighborhood schools, and the tough choices some families make when those schools are not diverse
  • Working on the magnet “brand” – magnet schools may be thought of as elitist by families whose children do not attend magnet schools
  • Simplifying the student-assignment process
  • Student achievement should be the top concern when drawing boundary lines
  • Better consideration for when and where boundary lines are drawn
  • Why isn’t academic achievement mentioned in the guiding principles?
  • Exceptional children need more specific assignments to address their unique needs
  • After an exceptional child is assigned to a school, teachers and other staff should be trained on the best ways to reach those students

The last community meeting will be held on Monday, June 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hopewell High School. Click here for more information on the comprehensive review of the district.

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Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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