Feds Investigate 8 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Closed

The U.S. Department of Education is looking into civil rights complaints over the closing of eight Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the agency's Office of Civil Rights sent notice of the investigation to schools Superintendent Peter Gorman this week.

Last month, the school board voted to close the schools, which serve mostly black, Latino and low-income students. The board says the closings are part of cost-cutting measures required by a difficult budget.

Earlier this year, the Department of Education also began an investigation into the Wake County school board's plan to end a decade-old busing program. Supporters of the program say ending it will effectively resegregate schools.


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  • by olivia dunnigan Location: Charlotte,N.C. on Feb 4, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    The adverse affects of closing many of the schools in CMS that serve the minorty communties can be devasting.There are few facilities to serve this population. Most of the better schools are located in affluent areas. There is a new law called the Trigger law in California that allow parent to request low performaning schools to reopen as Charter Schools. Maybe this is worth looking into. No one question the masseive amt. of money paid to Dr. Gorham as he strip jobs for the lower paid teachers and workers. Is it better to have a wealthy leader and a broken school system than to work together and develop a smaller more efficient School system.. This issue seem to bring out the worse in some of us.
  • by Stephy Location: ENC on Dec 15, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    Charlotte-Meck, Wake, and soon Pitt will have to answer to the feebs regarding more than racial segregation. C-M schools have been in trouble for years and if the feebs are just now stepping in then I guess we can all see exactly how long it takes a bloated bureacracy to move on an issue.
  • by Kane on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:44 AM
    To Brilliant Leftie: With a handle like that, you had better proofread your posts.
  • by Brilliant Leftie on Dec 14, 2010 at 07:50 PM
    The article is referring to a different county that has a system that allows students from schools that are predominantly minority in excess to attend other schools through a busing program. With this program they are given an opportunity to an education at a school that they normally would not be able to attend because of where they live and therefor promoting segregation. By cutting this program these students will no longer have access to this schools and be forced to attend the schools in their district which are predominantly minority and therefor desegregating the school system. The article was referring to two school systems. understand now that it was broken down for someone with the brain the size of a two year old to comprehend? Maybe instead of insulting the liberals you should learn to read and COMPREHEND.
  • by oh boy... on Dec 14, 2010 at 07:23 PM
    So is this the plan now? C-M schools close down schools to save $$, so the morons sue them. All the savings gone. Brilliant. Here's the irony: parents in Charlotte sue b/c their schools are being closed, but the "community groups" in Greenville would do ANYTHING to get those schools in town closed and the kids farmed out to schools in the outlying areas! One platform or another folks!
  • by McArthur Park on Dec 14, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    Will one of those brilliant lefties explain to me how closing schools that are predominantly minority in excess, resegregate the school systems? It seems to me that the displaced minority students would end up in majority white schools, therefore assuring desegregation. What most of these brain dead liberals need is a real JOB!!
  • by V on Dec 14, 2010 at 05:14 PM
    Now this is nice!Where do you think these kids are going to go now?They got to go somewhere.This state gets dumber by the day and so will the unfortunate kids in that area.Sad!
  • by suprise!!! Location: NC on Dec 14, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    Here we go again.
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