The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system received today the National School Board Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence.
NSBA pointed to Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s increased student test scores, new high in the graduation rate, and how the school board “raised its standing with the public by engaging the community in strategic decisions that will influence the school system’s future.”
“School leaders for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are truly meeting the challenge to increase student success and achievement in a diverse and large school district,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel, in the press release, which also notes CMS’ academic gains among minority and low-income students.
CMS is the first North Carolina school district to win the award. The Wake County school system won an honorable mention award from CUBE in 2009 with NSBA citing Wake’s socioeconomic diversity policy.