• Politicians, parents discuss CMS reassignment project at Ballantyne meeting


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Local politicians and parents met Saturday morning in Ballantyne for the Ballantyne priorities meeting.
    One topic up for discussion was the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student reassignment project.

    CMS officials said every six years they take a fresh look at the student assignment policy.

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    Officials said a rumor about forced busing has been circulating but said that is not what is going on.

    “Somehow in the midst of all this, people have started spreading rumors that this means massive changes to our busing system, and that's not really what's on the table,” Elyse Dashew said.

    Dashew said CMS leaders will be voting on CMS goals on Feb. 23.

    CMS board members hope to hire someone by mid-March to help them with the controversial student reassignment plan.

    Parents attended several meetings this week as the board and the policy committee discussed the topic.

    The school district is trying to make schools more diverse, but parents haven't been happy with discussions surrounding busing as an alternative.

    CMS is collecting parent surveys on the issue through February 22.

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