Teach For America Charlotte will start a three-part series of panel talks on poverty, academic success and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s forum focuses on the history of public schools and the Charlotte community. Speakers are longtime educator and community advocate Carlenia Ivory, former Observer columnist Fannie Flono and OneMeck co-chair Justin Perry, with WBTV education reporter Dedrick Russell moderating.
It’s the first of a series held in honor of educator Leroy “Pop” Miller, titled “High Poverty and High Performing Schools: Where Do We Begin?” It’s from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth St.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will be meeting at the same time to discuss student assignment changes that are designed to provide better options for students in high-poverty schools, as well as efforts to improve several of those schools through Project LIFT and the Beacon Initiative.
“We’re hoping that all the folks who won’t be at the school board meeting will attend this event – and maybe they’ll be more inclined to attend the next school board meeting,” said organizer Tiffany Capers.