CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's a story NewsChannel 36 has been following since the first day of school and now it's turned into a well organized fight.
Nearly 200 people have signed a petition to change the CMS school day back to the way it was before district cuts forced a longer day for elementary school students.
Carter Herndon says it’s been a big change for her six year old.
“It’s been pretty big. She actually said to my husband, ‘daddy, I'm just like you now. I leave in the morning and come home at night.’ And I just don't feel like that's appropriate for a six year old,” Herndon said.
She and a group of moms in the Cotswold, Dilworth, and Freedom Park neighborhoods are upset that, to save money, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools cut transportation costs by adding 45 minutes to the school day.
“It’s a long, long, long day,” said Sharon Thorlande. She has twin five year olds who could have gone to kindergarten. Instead she sent them to transitional kindergarten to avoid the long days.
The moms started the petition this weekend and already have almost 200 signatures.
“I want the school board to hear our voice,” said Abbey He.
School board chair Eric Davis says the board made the best decisions they could to keep teachers in the classrooms.
“Given the choices we had, I think we made the right choice,” Davis said.
But moms say there has to be a better solution.
“She's coming home and she’s grumpy...and it just feels like there's very little time for her to play outside,” Herndon said.
Davis is aware of the petition and says the board will review the school year as they always do and consider any changes for next year.