Tensions run high at CMS Board Committee meeting over student assignment plan

Debate is heating up over a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student assignment plan that parents worry could have their students bussed from one school to another.

Tensions were running high at the CMS Board Policy Committee meeting Thursday. At one point parents say committee chair Tom Tate got so frustrated he handed over the reigns and stopped taking part in the debate. Parent Jenny Dahlstrand said, “He (Tate) is absolutely entitled to having his opinion. Acting like a 5-year old isn’t going to solve it, for any of us.”

The discussion centers around CMS creating a new student assignment plan. The board hasn't adopted or even proposed a plan yet. They're simply working on putting it all together now.

One of the goals is to cut down on the number of schools with large amounts of poor and high-needs children and give students equal opportunities.

CMS Board Member Ericka Ellis-Stewart said, “It just really speaks to the fact that we do have some schools that parents and families don’t see as viable educational options and so we have to figure out what do we do to make those schools, schools of excellence, so people feel like the choice really is a choice.”

After the meeting, Tate did not have a comment. The student assignment plan is a long way from being finished. The board is just now working on the goals of the plan. A board member tells Fox 46 it could be this fall before a plan is finalized, and it wouldn’t go into effect until August 2017.




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