Town of Matthews votes ‘yes’ for bill that would allow them to separate from CMS


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The Town of Matthews made a big move this week as they voted in support of House Bill 514. Its legislation that would allow Matthews to create their own charter school. 

With a raise of hands, Matthews Town Commissioners voted 4-3 Monday night in support of the bill. Should HB 514 eventually be signed into state law, the support city leaders gave Tuesday night would give municipalities the right to create their own charter school. 

Those who want to create their own charter school said they’re concerned about school overcrowding and keeping students in their neighborhood schools. Leaders have been working on House Bill 514 for two years and remain determined to see it through. 

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Others said starting their own school system could have serious consequences, like raising taxes, taking students out of schools they are happy in, and increasing segregation. 

Some residents spoke out at Monday night’s meeting voicing the same concerns the CMS Board of Education listed in a statement opposing the bill. The district is set to discuss House Bill 514 at a meeting on Tuesday. 

Now, some Matthews Town Commissioners said they are worried what Monday’s vote may have done to the town’s relationship with CMS. 

“Should HB514 be signed into state law, extensive additional research and input from the community will be sought prior to the Town Board considering any additional action,” Communications Coordinator Maureen Keith said, with the Town of Matthews. 

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