by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education have considered using busing to promote racial and socioeconomic diversity. But it appears that CMS parents from every walk of life do not support that idea.
Ann Doss Helms of the Charlotte Observer writes,
MeckEd said neighborhood schools consistently emerged as a high priority: “Whether from a struggling, largely African American community, or a high performing, well resourced, predominantly white community, the consensus is that everyone deserves a good school reasonably close to where they live and that bus rides of an hour or longer are not an effective way to address issues related to diversity, equity, and access to a quality education (unless it is a parent/student choice).”