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CMS leaders to study performance, demand at magnet schools

A single-gender magnet, like this all-male class at South Charlotte Middle School, is one of the ideas that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders have talked about as they review the specialized programs.
A single-gender magnet, like this all-male class at South Charlotte Middle School, is one of the ideas that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders have talked about as they review the specialized programs. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s review of student assignment gets serious Tuesday as members and top administrators review academic performance and demand at the district’s magnet schools.

The magnet review, recently completed by staff, is the first step in a study that could eventually shape all school assignments by 2017-18.

Here’s what to expect:

▪ What’s at stake: Magnets and other opt-in programs offer specialties such as foreign languages, arts, technology and advanced academics. They’re widely viewed as a way for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to compete with charter and private schools. The board could eventually close, revise, expand or replicate current programs and launch new ones.

▪ Background: After several years of stability, the board is reviewing its full student assignment process. That’s always one of the touchiest topics in public education. Even small changes in boundaries can provoke outcry from affected families.

▪ Tuesday’s plan: The board isn’t expected to take action. Members will review data and lay out the next steps.

▪ Other business: The meeting also includes an update on the state’s 2015-16 budget.

▪ Time and place: 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, in the meeting chamber of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.

▪ How to weigh in: Three-minute public remarks on any topic will be heard early in the meeting. Sign up on site or call 980-343-5139 before noon.

▪ How to watch: Meetings air live on CMS-TV Cable 3 and are shown again at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Go to www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe/Pages/SchoolBoardMeetings.aspx for a live video link and an agenda, which includes links to supporting documents.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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