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Politics Monday: CMS Funding Dispute Puts Spotlight On Achievement Gaps

Nancy Pierce
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

The funding dispute between Mecklenburg County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has brought to the surface long-standing frustrations over achievement gaps for Black and Latino students.

CMS says it has a plan to address those disparities, but the county and others say it’s insufficient and CMS should be held accountable. Others who agree the plan has shortcomings say holding back money isn’t going to help.

As the county and school system enter mediation, we hear from those opposed to and those in support of the county's funding stance.


Stephanie Sneed, chair of the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

The Rev. Monte Witherspoon-Brown, senior pastor at Steele Creek AME Zion Church and member of the African-American Faith Alliance for Educational Advancement

Justin Perry, co-founder of OneMECK, a coalition advocating for equitable schools

Erlene Lyde, former president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.