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Thursday, October 15, 2015
CMS Board Works to Redefine Student Assignment Policy
By Litsa Pappas
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 05:09 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education is redefining its student assignment policy.

There are several ideas, including an option to eliminate all home schools to offer more school options. This could be the biggest assignment change in district history.

But first, many parents would like to see the policy improve diversity to take many schools out of poverty.

“What we would like to see is diversity, socio-economic up high in those guiding principles, that’s very important,” said Pamela Grundy, a CMS parent.

Although diversity was a topic the CMS board planned to discuss at the policy meeting Thursday, board members didn’t get to spend much time on it.

“Whether it’s an option for parents to choose a school for their kid to go to or go through a lottery for their child to go to besides their home-based school if we still have those, that’s all a way to deal with diversity,” said Tom Tate, CMS board member. “Of course we have to define it carefully too, and we haven’t done that yet.”

The CMS board plans to roll out a survey to parents in the next couple months to find out what they’d like to see for student assignments before they finalize the new policy.

The next policy meeting is Nov. 12.