The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education selected 19 members by
ballot for its newly established Equity Committee at the Oct. 22
More than 350 people applied for a seat on the 40-member committee,
which will oversee equity in the district’s schools. In addition to the
members chosen by ballot on Oct. 22, there will be 20 more: Each of the
nine Board members, as well as the student representative, also chose
two people for the committee.
“Equity is one of the biggest challenges facing our students and our
community,” said Board Chairperson Mary McCray after the vote. “We must
find the most effective ways to make sure that every student has an
equal opportunity to succeed. We hope this committee will help us come
up with innovative and effective ways to build equity in our schools and
in our community. All students deserve an equal chance at success.”
Public interest was strong in the committee and McCray thanked the community for its strong support.
“We value what we heard from the community about equity and we
appreciate so many people seeking to serve on the committee,” McCray
said. “We heard so many points of view from the public and that is very
gratifying. Even if we don’t agree or act on an individual’s viewpoint,
we still heard what was said. That’s important. Diversity of voices can
make us better.”
Interest was also notably strong among district staff. After seeing
how many CMS employees wanted to be on the Board’s equity committee,
Superintendent Earnest Winston decided to create an internal group.
“Our employees recognize the importance of making sure that every
student can learn and does learn,” Winston said. “Our educators who work
with students every day are eager to contribute to the district’s work
on equity – and we’re proud to see such strong interest among our
Winston said that the internal committee, which will be led by Chief
Equity Officer Frank Barnes, will offer input to the Board’s equity
committee to inform and help its work.
Dates for committee meetings have not been established but are expected to be set soon.
The balloting, and the tallying of votes, were done by Board staff
working in full public view during the meeting. The people chosen by
ballot for the Board of Education Equity Committee are in an attached