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CMS dad reaches out to feds about school district's decision

By Dedrick Russell - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district claims diversity is important to a successful education, but one parent argues the school district is not making that happen.

CMS parent Britton McGill is upset the school district has decided to move his son, who is black, from diverse Hopewell High school to West Charlotte HS.  West Charlotte High has a student population that consists of nearly 90% African American students.

The father believes this makes no sense, while CMS argues West Charlotte High is the closest school for the student.  McGill has now reached out to Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan for assistance.  He sent him a letter about what CMS has done.

"I would like him to provide equal protection under the law," CMS Parent Britton McGill said. "As guaranteed in the 14th amendment."

The parent has also contacted civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers about this.  McGill meets with him on Thursday.

"If we don't do everything in our power to diversify the school system," McGill said.  "Then those children who are in these segregated schools will be a product of their environment."

McGill is not giving up.  He is appealing CMS' decision to move his son to West Charlotte High. The school board will hear his argument about keeping his son at Hopewell High the end of July.

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