Charlotte and North Carolina face unprecedented and inevitably painful decisions in the coming months that will shape the future for millions of children. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board must cut education funding 5% to 15%, or about $100 million. The budget reductions will return the CMS budget to 2001-2003 levels. Children at every level of education will be affected, including those in vitally important pre-kindergarten programs.
What trade-offs are involved in these high-impact choices?
What factors should the school board consider in making these difficult decisions?
How can parents and students have their voices heard at the local and state levels?
These and other questions will be discussed at a community event on Sunday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church. The event will have two parts. An information forum, featuring:
· N.C. Sen. Dan Clodfelter (D), an Elizabeth resident and veteran state legislator
· Bill Anderson, Ed. D, Executive Director, Meck Ed
· Liz Clasen-Kelly, Director of Strategy and Planning, The Larry King Center, Council for Children’s Rights
· Barbara Cantisano, Executive Director, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool.
Those interested are invited to remain after the forum to discuss options for advocacy.
An Elizabeth Communities of Faith Forum
Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church
1609 East 5th Street in the Sanctuary