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Controversy over holding private CMS meetings

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

People are speaking out against the way Charlotte Mecklenburg system (CMS) superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison is handling his 22 newly formed task forces.

Morrison has decided to keep the task force meetings private.  According to a critic of the idea, Tom Davis, Morrison believes having open meetings could intimidate the volunteers serving on those task forces.  Some fear the meetings are open, people could misunderstand what they might say.

The superintendent established the task forces to come up with solutions to help CMS.  The groups will discuss everything from how to close the achievement gap to finding ways for young African American males can succeed.

Davis believes having the closed door meetings will get in the way of rebuilding trust among CMS and the community.   CMS says there will be town hall meetings after those closed door meetings for community input, but Davis says that is not enough.

The meetings begin the end of January. 

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