Thank you to all who came out and voted on November 7.
This is a great win for our children and for CMS schools.
What Will the Bond Pay For?
Additional Seats to Seven Magnet Schools
Why the Bond?
- On the 2017 general election ballot, Mecklenburg County voters have the opportunity to approve a $922 million bond referendum for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).
- The bonds will fund 29 high-need projects to relieve overcrowding, upgrade aging facilities, and deliver more academic options for students.
- It is critical to recognize that the CMS’ student assignment plan is simply a first step toward addressing the overcrowding and lack of diversity in CMS. Its success relies on effective implementation, continued evaluation of impact, and exploration of additional strategies.
- This $922 million bond referendum, proposed by the Board Of Education (BOE) and approved by the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) , is one such strategy and Council for Children’s Rights supports voting “yes” on November 7.
Our Policy Commitment
Council for Children’s Rights supports CMS’ efforts to reduce concentrations of poverty and racial isolation across the district. Further, we support identifying additional strategies to increase socioeconomic and racial diversity in all schools.
Our support of these bonds is informed by our support of the CMS Student Assignment Plan. In Fall 2016, the BOE agreed to move forward with a two-phase student assignment plan intended to address several issues facing the school system and adopted the following Guiding Principles:
- Reduce overcrowding,
- Support the efficient use of resources (buses, buildings, etc.),
- Reduce the number of schools with high concentrations of poor and high-needs children,
- Increase access to high-quality home schools,
- Preserve and expand schools that work.
You Can Help
Use Social Media to Promote the Cause
Like the Council on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. We’ll share updated information that you can share and retweet with your networks.
Use these Hashtags – #voteyes4bonds #CMSbonds2017 #childrenfirst – to connect to others online and help spread the word.
Download the profile pic/logos below and use then on your social media sites between now and November 7.
Listed below are a few links to more resources, talking points and flyers. Sign up for our Policy Alerts to receive current information.
Get Out and Vote
Make sure you are registered and vote this Fall. Find out where your elected officials and candidates stand on the issue and encourage them to support the bonds as well. Encourage your friends and neighbors to participate in the election as well. Voter turnout is important and critical to success.
Promote the Cause
Think about posting a sign in your yard to announce your support and encourage others. Yard signs are available at the VoteYes4Bonds web site.
Voting Yes for Bonds is Voting Yes for Students!
Get ready to vote
Absentee Voting By Mail
First day of absentee voting by mail – October 6, 2017
Last day of absentee voting by mail – October 31, 2017
More Resources and Information
CMS bonds: It’s tempting to vote no, but don’t – Charlotte Observer Editorial
Editorial: Moving Forward Together for Children – Bob Simmons, CFCR Blog
How 29 CMS bond projects affect schools and Neighborhoods – Charlotte Observer
Polls finds strong bond support, mixed trust for CMS – Charlotte Observer