CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Are students getting the education they deserve? Is it equal? should it be considered a civil right? All of this was discussed Wednesday evening with a group of activists, parents, teachers and more.

  • Some say the schools system is "oppressive"
  • Some say the students aren't taking the classes they need
  • Parents are demaning more honor classes 

“It is a direct reflection of our relationships with one another, relationships in the community,” said Westside Education Think Tank member Shamaiye Haynes.

The conversation was put on by the Think Tank, a grassroots group focused on improving the academic experience for students. 

“Our school system is very oppressive,” said one attendee. “They’re not getting what they need. And that’s learning how to function a home, microeconomics, learning how to save money, open a bank account.”

Earlier this year, we told you how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Breaking the Link report showed several disparities, but looked toward better equity. That is, giving those with less, time for more learning and access to great teachers.

“Take for instance West-Mecklenburg and you go see what’s going on at Myers Park,” said another parent. “I demand that these honor classes are offered at our school and there would be a change.”

The district’s 2024 Strategic Plan also hopes to teach in ways that reflect students’ culture and experiences. It’s something Jailah McCrae agrees upon.

“If someone is teaching African-American studies, I want them to come from Africa or have your skin color,” the Myers Park senior added. 

All elements that CMS Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox, plus board members, will have to take into consideration, as they put their plans into motion.

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