Thank you to all who came out and voted on November 7.

This is a great win for our children and for CMS schools.


Voting Yes Will ... Reduce Overcrowding

78% of CMS schools are at or over capacity

Bonds will reduce the use of mobile units at 29 project sites

Voting Yes Will... Better Serve All Students

Bonds support the construction, improvement and maintenance of infrastructure across the district.

Voting Yes Will... Move to a 21st Century Learning Environment

Upgraded technologies in new, replaced and renovated schools offers students greater opportunities for developing critical skills.

Voting Yes Will ... Not Increase Taxes

And voting no won’t reduce taxes, either!

What Will the Bond Pay For? 

New Schools

Replacement Schools

Renovated Schools

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.


Get Informed

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

Voter Registration

Voter Registration Deadline Friday, October 13, 2017 Registration Form


Begins: Thursday, October 19, 2017  –  Ends: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Absentee Voting By Mail

First day of absentee voting by mail – October 6, 2017

Last day of absentee voting by mail – October 31, 2017

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