New CMS schools, programs could offer options for hundreds

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools could offer hundreds of students new attendance options for 2014, many of them focused on engineering, math and technology, under proposals outlined Tuesday.

The school board is slated to vote Dec. 11 on 10 proposals, allowing students to make choices in the winter magnet lottery for 2014-15. The plans range from an early college high school on the UNC Charlotte campus to a new Montessori magnet in Huntersville. Many of the programs offer a focus on STEM – for science, technology, engineering and math – or STEAM, when arts are added.

Costs and other details were not available Tuesday, but the board is scheduled to talk about the plans again Nov. 12. Many of the changes have been discussed publicly for months.

The expanding menu of CMS options comes at a time when the district is competing with a growing number of charter schools (public schools run by independent boards). North Carolina is also rolling out tax-supported scholarships to help low-income families attend private schools starting in 2014.

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