How are the public schools in the Charlotte area?

Asked by Maureen McCabe, Columbus, OH Sun May 20, 2007

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Leigh Brown, Agent, Concord, NC
Sun May 20, 2007
Depends on who you ask! Charlotte City and Mecklenburg County Schools merged in the early 1970s, creating a very large school system. Which looks great on paper, but has created a system of haves and have nots. We have some superb public schools, with kids receiving piles of scholarship money and scores that trump the state averages. We also have underfilled schools with poverty issues, fewer resources and scores that are so low as to cry out for help. In addition to those two extremes, we have experienced such growth in the suburbs that THOSE schools are incredibly overcrowded.

So what's the answer? Where do you spend the money? Build more schools or fix the ones you have or both? Schools are a very contentious political issue in the area.

All of the above can tell you why so many families do check out the surrounding counties as alternatives, and why charter schools are growing in popularity inside Mecklenburg County. It's a tough question with no easy answers.
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Allis, , North Carolina
Fri Jul 11, 2008
Check out Gray Stone Day School, a public charter school not too far from Charlotte.
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Beth Summers, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Thu Nov 15, 2007
The answer depends on the location. In North Carolina the schools are measured in the eyes of the public by test scores. Testing is mandated by the state and scores are published each year shortly after the tests are administered and scored. Schools with a low income population tend to score lower than those with an affluent population. The success of a school is definitely a socio economic issue not unique to Charlotte. The school system offers teacher signing bonuses to those schools that have performed poorly, but this scenario is difficult to overcome. Charlotte has a population of over 132,000 students in over 167 schools. The growth to the area continues to create a need for new schools and additional space at many existing schools. You can find test scores on the CMS website at I taught in the school system for 30 years before retiring and starting a career in real estate.
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