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Black Lives Matter forum will address CMS challenges Thursday

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s student assignment review has generated strong public interest.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s student assignment review has generated strong public interest. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte Post is holding a “Black Lives Matter Charlotte” forum on Thursday to discuss what Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is doing to improve high-poverty, low-performing schools.

Speakers include District 4 school board member Tom Tate, Assistant Superintendent Akeshia Craven-Howell and General Counsel George Battle III. They have played key roles as CMS reviews student assignment policies, with an eye to breaking up the concentrations of poverty and racial isolation that characterize many of the district’s most struggling schools.

CMS also has several efforts in place to improve those schools despite their demographics, including the public-private Project LIFT.

The forum is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, 727 W. Trade St., with WBTV education reporter Dedrick Russell moderating. Register at EventBrite.com (search Charlotte events this week).

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

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