CMS Board Votes 7-1 to Approve New Student Assignment Goals

CMS Board Votes 7-1 to Approve New Student Assignment Goals

CHARLOTTE, NC– “I don’t believe that we need goals for student assignment plan.   I don’t think they need to exist, I will not be voting to support them. I know that does not surprise anybody in this room,” says CMS board member Rhonda Lennon.

Lennon was the only board member voting against the new student assignment goals.

The board voted 7 to 1 to approve five goals that will help guide in creating a student assignment plan that will not take effect before the 2017-2018 school year.

They include providing choice and promoting equal access to multiple program options.

Maximizing school facilities, transportation and other resources to reduce overcrowding.

Reducing the number of high poverty schools.

Providing different school assignments to students at low performing schools.

And keeping and expanding schools where students are achieving.

Uptown resident Deb Park says, “We need diversity in our neighborhoods and in our schools because the other side of my sign says research is clear diversity works for all groups.”

Other parents say they are more concerned about their kids being bused to other schools outside of their home.

“We want to make sure our students are not effected being driven long distance.  We are for all kids all CMS kids, but we are asking are kids stay close to home,” says Gabrielle Sansone.