|Support the FULL Proposed CMS Budget|
|Tuesday, 10 June 2014 00:00|
The Children’s Alliance of Mecklenburg County is a collaborative of over 40 agencies committed to serving children in our community. We share a mission to ensure that every child in our county has the best opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.
As a collaborative we are asking our community to join our fight for public education. More than 140,000 children in our county are educated by Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools (CMS) and over 83% of the CMS staff are county residents. Of those 18,000+ employees, 59% make below a living wage.
Teachers are the single most valuable resource for educating thousands of children in our community. CMS staff are not just employees, but are also members of our community, with financial obligations and families to support. Because of the current situation in our State, CMS teachers are facing painful personal and professional decisions: can they afford to stay here and stay in the profession, or should they move to another state in order to make a better living for their family?
Our current budget system for CMS is broken. As a community we cannot remain silent and allow a bad system to drive our children’s futures. Our county’s close proximity to another state makes us especially vulnerable to losing good teachers. We cannot wait for the state to address low teacher pay; it is time for the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners to intervene.
We strongly support Dr. Morrison’s proposed CMS budget. We urge our County Commissioners to FULLY support it as well, especially the $26.7 million dollars that would give staff at our schools a much needed and deserved raise. In Mecklenburg County we should not be content with 46th in the nation in average teacher pay.
It is time for our community to stand up, put our children first, and demand more for their future. We can start by keeping the best teachers in front of each and every one of them in the classroom. We cannot stand by and watch our best teachers leave our schools while we wait for the state to do the right thing. It is time for us to take the lead on paying our teachers a fair and competitive wage.
Members of The Children’s Alliance: A Child’s Place; Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte; Care Ring; Children’s Home Society of NC; Citizen Schools North Carolina; Council for Children’s Rights; Freedom School Partners; Jerri Haigler, Public School Advocate; Jewish Family Services; KN2P (Kids Need 2 Parents); MeckEd; Right Moves for Youth; Seth Langson, Attorney at Law, Smart Start of Mecklenburg County; Teen Health Connection; Thompson Child & Family Focus; YMCA of Greater Charlotte;