No decision yet on whether Town of Matthews will break from CMS

- No decision was made Tuesday on whether or not the Town of Matthews will cut ties with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and move forward with a plan to create its own charter school district.

An official with the town board said a decision will not be made until the April 23 board meeting. 

The Town of Matthews started its quest more than two years ago to explore the idea of breaking away from CMS. The school district was in the middle of crafting its student assignment plan and parents wanted to keep their neighborhood schools intact.

"We live literally within walking distance of the school and love being close and our kids having a shorter day," said Shannon Anderson, a parent in Matthews.

Town leaders called on state lawmakers to draft House Bill 514, which would give Matthews and Mint Hill the authority to operate charter schools.

"As far as a charter school for my family personally, that's something a different choice than going to a complete public school and my local community school," said Jill Thibeault, a parent with children in the school district. "So I think it's something we would stick with is where we're at right now but I do think choice is huge for parents."

If town officials decide to create their own charter school system, then it would be considered "another option" for parents, according to a spokesperson. Exactly how or if CMS fits into that picture with its currents schools is unclear.

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