CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School board passed two controversial student assignment plans dealing with elementary schools and another with high schools late Tuesday night.
It's been a raging controversy for a while now and dozens of people addressed the CMS board during the meeting.
There are two major issues the CMS board wanted to address -- one is relieving overcrowding at Eastover Elementary and the other is to keep Myers Park High from having nearly twice as many kids as East Meck High next school year.
Some board members want to remove most of the students at Myers Park's IB magnet program to East Meck to help give more balance to the two schools -- and that's exactly what a majority voted to do Tuesday night.
Some of Myers Park's IB students will go to East Meck next school year, and others will now go to Harding University High School. The only Myers Park IB students who won't be moved will be the ones actually living in Myers Park's attendance zone.
"Myers Park IB is one of the best programs in the country, and it should be supported, not destroyed!" said Myers Park IB student Derrick Flakoll, who was strongly against being moved to East Meck.
But East Meck backer Kevin Coons argued students will get as good if not better an IB magnet education at East Meck as they will at Myers Park.
"Eastover doesn't have any more room, you can't put any mobiles on it, you can't make it bigger,"said parent Melissa Kemmer.