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Students of color will be focus of CMS candidate forum July 25

Assuring a good education for students of color (shown here at Ashley Park preK-8 school) is the focus of a July 25 candidate forum.
Assuring a good education for students of color (shown here at Ashley Park preK-8 school) is the focus of a July 25 candidate forum. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Just eight days after filing ends Friday, candidates for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board are invited to speak about their plans for ensuring that “students of color, especially African American males, have opportunities to lead successful lives.”

North Carolina affiliates of the National Alliance of Black School Educators will host a forum for school board and city of Charlotte candidates from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 25, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave. Mecklenburg County commissioners are also scheduled, though they’re not up for election until 2016.

It’s a reminder that the campaign is likely to crank up quickly; thanks to candidate Larry Bumgarner for passing this along. Candidates and community groups, please let me know about other events coming up.

At-large races, which come every four years, are challenging for candidates and reporters alike. Events are scattered across a sprawling county. There’s generally a long list of contenders to sort through (we had 14 in 2011, and seven have filed so far this year). And while the vast majority of registered voters don’t bother with off-year elections, those who care about schools care intensely.

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

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