CMS student assignment forum held by MeckEd

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parents, teachers and students participated in a passionate forum about a possible student assignment plan.

If the CMS school board approves changes down the road, students could get moved around to different schools.

More than 50 people filled the Smith Family Center in South Charlotte. They talked about bussing, neighborhood schools and how diversity should play into the possible changes.

The highly engaged group came together because  MeckEd, an education advocacy group. Ross Danis, the president of MeckEd says they invited the community to talk through their concerns.

"My board is committed to making sure that every child, regardless of zip code, has access to high quality public school education,” he said.

At the forum, a panel of four people shared their personal experiences with CMS and thoughts on the possible shake-up.

Some parents spoke out saying they want to keep their students at their current schools. Many parents wondered if moving students around would achieve diversity and how that word should even be defined.

While some believe reassigning students would solve crowding problems, they want board members to also address how students are being taught in the classroom..

MeckEd’s next meeting is scheduled for March 24.  CMS board members are still in the goal-setting phase.
They want to balance the number of underprivileged and high-needs students at each school.

 

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