Movie Stirs Debate On Low-Performing CMS Schools
CHARLOTTE, NC- The movie “Won’t Back Down” tells the fictional story of parents who take back their under-performing school system. In Charlotte, that's stirring debate on what to do with low performing CMS schools.
"The movie portrays that you're taking a school back from a union that cares only about teachers and doesn't care anything about kids. But that's not the reality of our schools. Our schools are full of people who care about kids," said Pamela Grundy, a CMS parent.
Grundy protested during the screening of 'Won't Back Sown' at the Democratic National Convention in September.
Grundy says contrary to what the movie portrays, the answer isn't to close schools that aren't working.
"The answer is to look very closely at why are these schools not working, why are these kids having so much trouble learning and what can we do to help them," said Grundy.
Anthony Rodriguez with the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association encourages parents of students in failing schools to get them out.
"That's essentially what the movie is promoting and we want the same exact thing here in North Carolina. We want parents to have a choice to go to school where they want to," said Rodriguez.
"You're under-cutting the traditional public school, which is where is where most kids go to school, so you're creating false choices," said Grundy.