Neighborhood schools outrank diversity with parents who answered CMS survey

Mar 11, 2016 by

Parents who answered a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools online poll rated schools close to home far more important than racial and income diversity, according to results released Thursday.

A total 27,453 people, including students and community members without kids, responded to the survey about student assignment during January and February. A school board committee will review the early results at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. The meeting is open to the public.

The results, which include opinions about a range of issues related to student assignment decisions, are designed to guide the board as it moves toward policy changes that could take effect as early as 2017-18.

When talk about the policy review began in 2015, many board members and community activists talked about increasing diversity and breaking up concentrations of poverty. But the survey indicates that is far less important to most parents who answered than having high-quality schools close to home.

When parents were asked to rate the importance of a dozen factors that could play into choosing schools, issues such as principals and teachers, teaching methods and school environment were rated as very or extremely important by more than 90 percent, topping the list.

Source: Neighborhood schools outrank diversity with parents who answered CMS survey | The Charlotte Observer

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