It's a good week to learn more about education, with an array of public meetings and forums taking place.
At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Mecklenburg County commissioners will hear a presentation from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools about the county money that's passed along to charter schools. Some commissioners want to know more about how that money is being spent and whether they can exercise any control. As required by law, CMS is passing along about $25 million from this year's $356.5 million allocation to cover costs for almost 11,000 Mecklenburg students enrolled in charters. With 11 new charters opening in the Charlotte area in 2014-15, CMS projects it will take another $7.5 million to cover almost 2,300 more charter students.
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At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the CMS board will vote on its version of the controversial "25 percent plan" to phase out tenure (details of the CMS plan have not yet been released) and the district's 2014 legislative agenda. The agenda also includes a report on academic achievement at the Project LIFT schools. That meeting, in Room 267 of the Government Center, is also open and streamed online.
Update: Just found out CMS lawyer Jonathan Sink and CMS administrators will also be at the Tuesday Breakfast Forum this week (8:30 a.m. at the West Charlotte Rec Center) speaking about the state's charter school law and the district's desire to have similar flexibility.