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More K8 schools popping up in CMS?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - New Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison wants to open up more K8 schools throughout the district. That's where schools starting with kindergarten students all the way up to 8th graders learn under one roof.

"I'm constantly looking at Scott and my team," Morrison said. "Asking where are opportunities that might be good models. I think K8's are research base and show a lot of promise."

Local NAACP President Kojo Nantambu says he has his own research concerning K8 schools and it doesn't match up to what the superintendent claims.

"All the research we did." the president said. "The NAACP and other groups did show that K-8's didn't work."

This request comes the day after CMS released mixed results on how the K8 schools in the district are doing. It revealed test scores at those schools. Some school improved and while others dropped. Parents are now concerned history will repeat itself if more K8 schools open up.

"I don't think there is any evidence," CMS Parent Michele Robinson said. "As we see it now, that the K8's are working. I am not convinced. I wouldn't want my child in a K8."

Morrison didn't mention where he would place a K8 school or when one would be created but he did say he wouldn't do it like CMS did last year. He would take his time.

"There are two different ways you can create it," Morrison said. "You can have a loving courtship where you invite a grade each year and at the end of the third year you have a K8."

Or he says you can do it like CMS did - force a K8 school to open overnight.

"This was a shot gun marriage." the superintendent said.

While we wait to see if another K8 school will open up, parents hope CMS will allow parents to weigh in.

"I think they need to look at it for another a few years," Robinson said. "If that is the route they want to go."

CMS did say it will take about four years to determine if the K8 schools it created last year are a success.

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