CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) District parent claims her child is not getting a quality education at West Charlotte High School. West Charlotte High School is in the Project Lift Zone. She says a student aide, who CMS claims is a volunteer, showed up in his pajamas in her child's science class. The mother was not amused.
"If the students are held to a strict dress code," CMS Parent Tanja Bell said. "They are learning by example."
CMS says it is appreciative for volunteers serving and says it has no say over what volunteers wear in the classrooms.
"We don't get into dress code policies with volunteers at all," Project Lift Zone Superintendent Denise Watts said. "We are happy to have any volunteers we can have on our campus, particularly college students."
Besides seeing the volunteer in pajamas, the mother is even more concerned there is no chemistry teacher for her child's classroom. The Chemistry class is a semester course and still no replacement.
"I don't understand how the school is offering a chemistry class," the mother said. "You can't keep qualified teachers for this chemistry class. They shouldn't be allowed to offer it if you can't keep the teachers to be there."
"I totally understand why the parent would feel that way," Watts said. "I can assure you that instruction is happening in that classroom."
CMS says the Chemistry teacher is out on medical leave and claims students are being taught Chemistry properly. The parent disagrees and believes CMS should have provided a teacher and not substitutes, an online course for students and volunteers to teach the class.
"Obviously it's not optimal," Watts said. "However, we feel pretty good about what we are able to provide."
The mother believes CMS can do better.
"Not allow the kids to go all throughout the year, and no teacher, that's not fair to the students," Bell says. "It's not getting them prepared for the ultimate goal, if they are ready for college."
The mother tells WBTV her daughter is having a tough time in Chemistry and can't blame her if she gets a bad grade.
"She was cheated out the chemistry class, because there was no benefit to her," the mother said.