An agreement has been reached between the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education over funding for Fiscal Year 2022.At Tuesday’s County Commissioners meeting, Board Chair George Dunlap and County Manager Dena R. Diorio announced that the statutorily required mediation process between the Board of County Commissioners and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Board of Education was a success, and the County will release $56 million of the restricted allocation to CMS, plus provide an additional $11 million in operating funds for the coming school year.“We are pleased to announce that after engaging in the mediation process, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education have reached an agreement to resolve the current dispute,” said Dunlap. “Both Boards have worked collaboratively through their respective working groups to identify ways to improve transparency and provide more clarity and focus on the education of the children in Mecklenburg County and to provide additional resources to improve educational outcomes for students in Mecklenburg County.”The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education agreed to place an increased focus on improving student outcomes through the Student Outcomes-Focused Governance model and will work with a consultant on the implementation. The model includes clearly defining goals to improve student outcomes, redesigning board meetings to focus on the goals, and conducting annual evaluations of the Superintendent based on those goals. The Board of Education will share information on the model in a facilitated workshop with County Commissioners.The Board of Education will also make available on their website, www.cms.k12.nc.us, School Improvement Plans, which they will update with new data in the fall, and annually thereafter. The School Improvement Plans will include identified goals, actions, and progress toward achieving the Plan goals for all low-performing schools. These plans will be made available to the public on an ongoing basis, in a single location on the CMS website. In addition, the site will provide the annual "State of the School Report" with opportunities and challenges for each improvement plan. The Board of Education has also made the data and annual targets that support their strategic plan available on their website.In addition to making the School Improvement Plans easily accessible to the public and providing information to County Commissioners on their planned Student Outcomes-Focused Governance model, the Board of Education also agreed to provide information on several key topics that include:i. The National Institute of Justice Research Study – Year 2 report and relevant materialsii. Information on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education use of Restorative Practicesiii. Information on the use of culturally responsive instructioniv. Information on the specific actions being implemented to address the challenges identified in the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) report, what is being purchased, and a detailed breakdown of County funded positions for MTSS support and, any update received by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education will be shared with the Board of Commissionersv. Updated short-term suspension policy to address disproportionalityvi. All CMS Management Oversight Reports and Equity Reports after they are presented to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education.The Board of Commissioners has agreed to provide an additional $11.2 million for a total FY2022 increase of $17.3 million in operating funding. The Board of Commissioners will also provide up to $1 million, to be held by the County, and available to CMS for specific expenses associated with consultant costs and website improvements that will improve access and transparency to the public on implementing Student Outcomes-Focused Governance. Overall, Dunlap says the agreement was reached in the spirit of cooperation and represents the first step to an ongoing commitment to improving the educational outcomes, particularly for children of color, residing in Mecklenburg County.
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