Ann Doss Helms’ article last week asks an under-defined question: What would the CMS bond do for your school and neighborhood? A better question: What will the CMS bond do for our schools and neighborhoods?
The yeoman efforts of the Charlotte Opportunity Task Force have yielded a concise handbook that defines Charlotte’s challenges and lays out our opportunities to help all of our neighbors break through and prosper.
The benefits of this fall’s school bond are essential to the Charlotte that seeks to erase the ignominy and reality of being the nation’s least upwardly mobile city for its poor.
As a community, we cannot afford to view this bond just through our own hyperlocal lenses. “But our Marching Band hasn’t had new uniforms for over 5 years…” While that may be true, West Meck’s gym is 64 years old! Does my kid have to go to West Meck for this outrage to be relevant to me?
We should all vote for this bond not because it serves our own child’s school, but because it serves Mecklenburg County, our home.
The goal for Charlotte should not be to move from #50 to #49. We should strive for nothing less than to be the #1 city in the USA for upward mobility. This can only happen if we broaden our focus to the needs of the greater community and not just my kid’s school.
Please vote for the CMS School Bonds.
Millen is president of E2D - Eliminate the Digital Divide. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org