Parents angry at CMS plans to deal with school overcrowding

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Angry parents faceoff with CMS leaders over proposed changes meant to help deal with overcrowded schools.

Parents in the Steele Creek area did a lot of finger-pointing at CMS leaders Thursday night, angry over proposed changes to help with overcrowded schools.

"It's overcrowded, the kids aren't getting the same opportunity. Fort Mill is much better it's a fantastic school system and I don't understand why CMS isn't the same way. I shouldn't have to move, I shouldn't have to uproot my family," says Catherine Wall. She is preparing to move her grandkids- who she is raising – to get a good education.

"We've had our house on the market for a year. We haven't been able to sell it - one of the negatives is that parents like me have to leave the neighborhood because they don't like the middle school."

Her kids are at Pallisades Park elementary right now - a stem school - but the CMS proposal would send them to Southwest Middle - a school at 137 percent capacity with no stem program.

The only other option - apply for one of only a few spots at Kennedy Middle- the school being turned into a magnet program.

"I think the most terrible thing about this meeting is all kids deserve the same opportunity, we shouldn't have to fight for a magnet seat. We shouldn't have to pick 25 or 50, every single kid deserves the very best education."

Parents here say they don't understand why all schools don't offer the same level of education as the magnet schools.

"The perception is it's so much better than the regular school. Why is that? Our regular schools have got to offer the same opportunities as the magnet do."

Next week parents will have a chance to talk to school board members at their meeting. The board doesn't actually vote on all of this until next month.


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