CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools held its first community forum on the superintendent's newly proposed budget.
One of the highlights of the new budget includes more than $9 million to address equity issues across the district.
It's not the first time CMS has tried to be more inclusive. In 2016, the district featured a purple unicorn on training materials to show faculty and staff how to support transgender students.
This meeting is the public's chance to weigh in on the proposed budget.
Not only can the public have their questions about the budget answered, but members of the board of education were there in an effort to learn how the community feels about the budget before they make the decision to approve it and pass it on to the county.
Late last month, CMS Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox unveiled his proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year.
The proposal calls for $1.6 billion in funding, including a proposed $9 million investment in equity – with $4.2 million to improve the curriculum and increase access to fine arts.
The superintendent also has mentioned his plans to buy new, more culturally diverse textbooks, and says books in school libraries would get a refresh, providing better illustrations of the diverse community and sparking the imagination of all.
Another, similar meeting is scheduled for April 9.
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