CMS Previews Survey, New Goals for Student Assignment Plan

CHARLOTTE, NC — The Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board met Tuesday night to discuss and approve a new set of goals to guide the future student assignment plan.

It’s all part of a larger effort to increase economic and racial diversity in the district.  For some families, student assignment means kids will be sent to schools outside of their neighborhoods.

“The way the process is, just flawed in my opinion,” says school board member Rhonda Lennon.

Lennon not happy with the way the goals were drafted.

“It was not vetted in front of the community with the full board,” says Lennon.

“I disagree. We’ve taken steps, taped policy meetings, posted them online,” says board member Ericka Ellis-Stewart.

A summary of the goals include:

-Reducing the number of high poverty schools.

-Preserving and expanding schools where students are achieving.

-Providing different school assignments to students at schools that are not meeting performance standards by the state.

-Maximize the use of school facilities, transportation and other operational resources to reduce overcrowding.

“My biggest fear is there is a plan that gets approved, and doesn’t make sense from a logistical sense for parents and isn’t based on what’s really going on right now,” says Julie Cho.

CMS says they do want the input from parents, students and community leaders, and released a survey to get feedback before their final vote on the goals.

“Very lively discussion going on.  I appreciate this and the discussion we’re having tonight, and I look forward to the public hearing,” says CMS Board Chair, Mary McCray.

The sub-committee board will meet again February 11 to look over the goals and make any revisions.  A public hearing and final vote will be held February 23.
The public can begin participating in the CMS survey about student assignment January 29.