Friday October 30, 2009 | Char-Meck School Board Election

October 29, 2009 at 10:17 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

Changes in leadership, questions about student assignment and problems with budget will have a major impact in voters’ minds when they make their choice for members of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board next week. We’ll talk about the issues, the candidates and the overall picture of the school system.
Simone Orendain
– Education Reporter for WFAE
Ann Doss Helms – Education Reporter for The Charlotte Observer
Kathy Ridge – Executive Director of MeckEd: Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education

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  1. I would like to know if any of today’s guests when today’s guests first became involved with education in Mecklenburg County. Did they live here during the 80’s and 90’s? The reason I’m asking this is because there has been a tendency to portray CMS during the 80’s and 90’s as so much better than it is now. First comments seemed to be implying that things are worse now. For parents living through former time periods things were pretty awful then.

  2. I was on the CMS Equity Committee for quite some time and it is inaccurate statement to state tha equity and neighborhood schools are mutually exclusive. Far from the truth. Our impovershed schools, through specific policy, get more resources than other schools.

  3. I was on the Equity Committee for CMS for many years. It is inaccurate to state that neighborhood schools and equity are mutually exclusive. Actually, there are specific School Board policies that provide more resources at high poverty schools than the rest of the system’s schools.

  4. Concerning student assignment and setting school boundaries, WHY is everyone staying away from discussing the most natural solution: SCHOOL CHOICE!
    The Charlotte Observer refused publishing my response to this question in their article about that subject matter last Sunday, and incorrectly stated that I, as a candidate for School Board, had not responded to their inquiry. Is anyone willing and able to ‘look over the fence’, and check out what other industrialized coutries do? What about WFAE?

    Parents know what is best for their children. They should be able to choose which school their children attend! Would you except, that a retail-organization draws boundaries telling you where you can get your groceries?

    SCHOOL CHOICE would fix our current problems and let us achieve other objectives like diversity via capacity controls. Of course, not very convenient for CMS having to be concerned about ‘customer satisfaction’ and to provide good schools everywhere in our county! Why not have an open dialog about this option???
    I am available to provide details, some of which are on my web site

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