PRESS RELEASE: Senator Jeff Tarte Statement on Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board of Education’s Decision On Prioritization of School Capital Funding

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August 29, 2018

NC Senator Jeff Tarte Issues Statement On Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board of Education’s Decision On Prioritization of School Capital Funding

Cornelius, N.C. – N.C. Senator Jeff Tarte today issued the following statement on the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board of Education’s Decision On Prioritization of School Capital Funding.

“How does last night’s decision by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board help educate all of our children?

“A reckless school board tries to bully the suburbs”: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article217503585.html

After speaking with many elected officials on this matter, I believe this is perhaps the least thought through and most harmful decision I have seen made by a CMS Board of Education in my 26 years of involvement with CMS. The CMS school board made an egregious mistake in passing the new capital funding policy. Therefore, I ask the CMS Board of Education to reconsider their position and rescind this policy.

When a group of elected officials such as this board makes a carte blanche decision to exclude the needs of entire geographic groups of students, we should all be taken aback by such callous disservice to our parents and students. We must all ask how we are going to ensure every student in Mecklenburg County will have an outstanding educational experience.

As long as I am in the North Carolina Senate, I will standup and fight for the rights of the parents to ensure their children get the education they deserve. This Board of Education will not be allowed to abandon any child in Mecklenburg County.”

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