Group wants to divide CMS into three districts

Group wants to divide CMS into three districts

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 16 at 8:04 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The push to split the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District into three parts is once again gaining ground.

Tom Davis says the CMS system is broken.

“Supersize this, supersize that, all of a sudden your quality starts suffering because you’re trying to do too much, ”he said.

That’s why he is leading the group called SPARK, which stands for Strategic Partners for Accountability and Reform of Key educational performances.

Simply put, they want to break the district up into three different school districts--one for the north, one in the middle and a third in the south.

“You’ve got one central office covering 500 square miles with 18,000 employees,” Davis said.

The group says the district is mismanaged and money is misspent, but not everyone agrees.

“I think by breaking up our district, I don’t see how that would help,” said Bill Anderson, Executive Director of Meck Ed.

Meck Ed is a non-profit, non-partisan watchdog group in Charlotte.

“I also think it’s very important that we think about the big picture, the long term picture in Charlotte. One of the great things when we recruit new businesses to town is that we are a consolidated school district,” Anderson added.

But he says he understands what’s at the heart of SPARKS push.

“I think people want to make sure they’re voice is being heard, they’re children are being taken care of.  As a former principal, parents are not objective about their own children, nor should they be," Anderson said.

SPARK wants to petition the state legislature.

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