Matthews passes resolution to not create charter school system

Matthews could pass resolution to not create charter school system

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Matthews commissioners unanimously passed a resolution at their meeting Monday night that says the town “has no intention of pursuing the development of a municipal charter school system any time in the foreseeable future, as we believe it is neither necessary nor financially feasible to do so.”

House Bill 514, which became law, paved the way for certain towns to pull away from the district and operate their own charter schools.

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The towns included Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill.

Matthews was one of the first towns on the bill and led the push, which had several town officials support it.

Town officials said they were concerned about overcrowding and boundary changes.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools stood firmly against it, saying it would further segregate CMS and hurt students.

However, there’s been a change in leadership in Matthews and the resolution shows CMS there’s no intention to pursue a charter school.

At the top of this webpage, education reporter Elsa Gillis speaks with residents who said they are pleased CMS and Matthews could come to an agreement.

Parents weigh in after compromise proposed on Matthews charter school issue

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