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CMS Teachers fearful of surveys

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - About 18,000 Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district employees received an email informing them to take a survey. It asks employees to answer questions about what is wrong with the district and what is right with CMS.

Some have completed the survey but some teachers are reluctant to do that assignment. They remember the last they filled out a survey from the district.

"Traditionally under the last administration," Char-Meck Association of Educators President Randolph Frierson said. "A lot of the survey they felt as if it got back to the principals of the school, and therefore they were nitpicked and retaliated against."

Frierson has told his constituents he understands their fears but is encouraging them to fill out the survey.

"This is a superintendent that's open," Frierson said. "And wants to know the concerns of the district. They want to know why morale is so bad."

We asked former CMS teacher and current school board vice chairperson Mary McCray should teachers be concerned. Here's her response.

"These surveys are anonymous," McCray said. "And your principal cannot go in and look to see who has done it and read what you have said. Please complete the survey, that's the only way we'll be able to understand what's going on in our buildings and make corrections."

Teachers have until October 25th to complete the survey. At that time CMS will reveal how many employees did the survey.

"If your morale is being affected because of your work environment," McCray said. "You need to let someone know."

New Superintendent Heath Morrison is expected to use the survey to possibly make changes to address low teacher morale.

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