CMS board to study new options for 2014-15

ahelms@charlotteobserver.comNovember 10, 2013 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board will delve into details of proposals for 10 new magnets and other choice options at its Tuesday meeting.

Last month, administrators outlined plans for new schools and programs such as an energy-focused engineering high school at UNC Charlotte, a new Montessori magnet in Huntersville and several new programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM. They said they would bring more details, including costs, for an in-depth discussion Tuesday.

The new options, scheduled for a Dec. 11 vote, are intended to help CMS compete with a growing number of charter schools and give students options that can prepare them for high-demand careers. Families will begin filing 2014-15 magnet applications in January.

Tuesday’s meeting is also the first chance for the public to address the board since last week’s release of test scores indicating that students across North Carolina aren’t nearly as well prepared for college and careers as the old, easier exams had indicated.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the meeting chamber at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. People who want to speak can call 980-343-5139 by noon Tuesday or sign up at the meeting. It airs live on CMS-TV Cable 3 and is streamed online.

Helms: 704-358-5033; Twitter: @anndosshelms

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