For the last two years, Susan Plaza, a mother and former teacher, has led a charge trying to get Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to do away with the late bus\bell schedule that's been in place the last two years.
"Our primary concerns are that this bell schedule is not good for kids. Side issues are that it's not good for teachers. It's causing teachers to leave the district, which is not good for kids as well," said Plaza.
She said Superintendent Heath Morrison has been working with her along with other parents and teachers to address their concerns.
Plaza said the 4:15 p.m. bell to end the day means kids don't get home until after 5:30.
She said it also cuts 45 minutes of planning time out of teacher's schedules.
"Initially this was presented as a financial solution. it saved $4 million when it took the 200 buses off the road," said Plaza.
On Wednesday, Plaza met with an independent group called The Council of Great City Schools -- education advocates who work with more than 60 school districts nationwide.
The council brought four transportation experts to listen to parents' concerns.
When Eyewitness News tried to go into one at around 8 a.m. Wednesday, CMS said it wasn't open to the public and that Eyewitness News was not allowed in.
CMS said unless five or more board members are in a meeting, they don't have to allow Eyewitness News in.
Plaza said they brought their concerns and possible solutions, but she left the meeting less hopeful of a solution.
CMS said the council will meet with other members of the school system including the superintendent and board members through tomorrow and will likely present their findings sometime in September.