CHARLOTTE – N.C. Rep. Scott Stone calls on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to postpone finalizing the new student assignment plan until after the new superintendent has had an opportunity to provide input.
“It is bad practice for CMS to develop a student assignment plan, which could impact students and families for a decade, without the input of the person who will be tasked with implementing the plan,” Stone said. “It is unfair that the incoming superintendent Clayton Wilcox will be held accountable for the success or failure of the plan without the benefit of being able to help shape that plan.”
Stone also has concerns this student assignment plan, as well as the proposed capital plan, has a political agenda and does not place enough importance on improving the education experience for every student and family.
Stone said ensuring families can attend schools closest to their neighborhoods should be the top goal as opposed to ensuring diversity and breaking up poverty within schools.
“Superintendent Ann Clark appears to be engaged in legacy building, with a particular focus on social engineering within our schools,” Stone said. “She is pushing a controversial political agenda that has been met with considerable resistance from parents. Given the magnitude and potential impact of these new policies, it is unacceptable for these plans to be finalized under the leadership of someone who will not be held accountable for the results.”
Stone is a member of the House K-12 Education Committee.