Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Building Public Access and Transparency

The Charlotte Observer

March 19, 2018

In response to a March 15, 2018 editorial calling on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to increase public transparency and access to information, Clayton Wilcox, the superintendent of CMS, wrote an article detailing their plans for improved community involvement.

Wilcox disclosed the news that CMS will be launching their first-ever digital dashboard for school data, where the public can find “school-by-school information on enrollment, graduation rates, college and career readiness and end of year test scores.”

In an effort to further build transparency, this month CMS has opened up their BoardDocs board portal to allow public access to board documents. The BoardDocs platform gives convenient access to upcoming meeting agendas, topic information and minutes with real-time updates and an interactive structure.

“CMS exceeds the legislative requirements for posting agendas and board information and we will continue to build access and transparency for Board of Education information,” Wilcox promises.

With the help of BoardDocs paperless meeting and board management software, CMS has the right tools and resources to increase engagement among all stakeholders. As Wilcox concludes, "[w]e look forward to making this community’s public schools continually more accessible, transparent and open to the most critical partners for student success, the people of Charlotte-Mecklenburg."

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