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WFAE to host community talk on CMS student assignment

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members Rhonda Lennon (left) and Tom Tate will be on WFAE’s panel on student assignment.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members Rhonda Lennon (left) and Tom Tate will be on WFAE’s panel on student assignment. Mark Hames

As the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board reaches a crucial point in student assignment talks, WFAE radio is hosting a forum that lets people get updates and ask questions.

The community conversation on student assignment runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 6 at McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square, 130 N. Tryon St.

Speakers include board members Tom Tate and Rhonda Lennon, WFAE education reporter Lisa Worf, Justin Perry of OneMeck and Shawn Belcher of CMS Families United for Public Education. The discussion, which includes audience questions and comments, will air live on 90.7 FM and rebroadcast on Charlotte Talks at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. April 7.

Register to attend at http://bit.ly/231pwV7.

The school board is reviewing its assignment policy in hopes of creating a plan that improves academic prospects, attracts families in an increasingly competitive environment, reduces concentrations of poverty and offers a larger array of academic options. The board approved broad goals in February and plans to hire a consultant to help craft specific plans.

By May, the board is scheduled to decide whether it’s ready to make decisions for 2017-’18 or needs an extra year.

Hundreds of people have turned out for recent meetings to weigh in on their hopes and concerns.

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

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