Tuesday: Speak up on new CMS magnet plan

Tuesday brings a chance for people to tell the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board what they think of a long-awaited plan to make magnet schools more diverse and provide new alternatives for students in low-performing schools.

The plan, unveiled at the board’s last meeting, is up for a public hearing Tuesday, with a board discussion held after the comments. It’s among a series of opportunities to speak up and learn more about the plan before the board votes Nov. 9.

To find out more about the plan, go to and click “2017-18 Student Assignment Review” under Spotlight. Here’s what’s coming up.

Monday: Superintendent Ann Clark will take questions about the magnet plan during a Facebook Live session with the Observer from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Go to the Observer’s Facebook page to watch and submit questions.

Tuesday: Meeting starts at 6 p.m. in room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. To speak at the public hearing call 980-343-5139 by noon Tuesday or sign up on site before the meeting. Watch live online or on CMS-TV Cable 3.

Wednesday: Clark holds a “coffee and conversation” session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Elon Park Elementary, 11425 Ardrey Kell Road.

Nov. 7: Town hall meetings on the magnet plan from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at East Mecklenburg High, 6800 Monroe Road, and West Mecklenburg High, 7400 Tuckaseegee Road. Participate online by clicking the “town hall meetings” button at the top of the CMS website.

Nov. 9: Public hearing and vote on the magnet plan, 6 p.m. at the Government Center. Meetings are normally on Tuesdays, but this one is delayed because of Election Day.