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April 5, 2011

Pamela Grundy, right, and Carol Sawyer from Mecklenburg Acts made a presentation to the Forum Tuesday on CMS's pay-for-performance play.

Grundy said other cities have abandoned such plans when they did not improve student achievement.

The additional tests required by the plan, Grundy said, would further increase pressure to teach the content of the tests. She also suggested that additional tests will increase teacher turnover.

"I see good teachers leaving, teachers who are fed up with all of this." Parents, too, are considering leaving, she said.

"Our real concern is that we see it as detrimental to our school system because it will drive away teachers and drive away families."

She said money should instead be spent on keeping classes small.

A petition on the Mecklenburg Acts website has drawn 1,000 signatures, Grundy said.

"We see this as something the public needs to stand up about. It's very difficult for teachers to stand up."

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It was the morning after a windstorm, and thousands of Charlotte residents were without power. It was a day for improvisation, and the Forum had a new home for the day.

The Burger King restaurant at 2601 Beatties Ford Road graciously took in the Forum Tuesday. Power was on at the regular meeting site, the West Charlotte Recreation Center, but a staff scheduling error left the building locked tight.

Speakers had to shout to be heard over the kitchen's warning buzzers, and several Burger King patrons must have wondered about this new group in their midst.

Below, Malachi Greene presides as Deacon Jones stands to make a comment. Co-founder Sarah Stevenson got the meeting started, then returned home to deal with a tree downed in the windstorm.






The Forum welcomes all persons to its meetings beginning at 8:30 a.m. most Tuesdays
of the year at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2222 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC
down the hill from West Charlotte High School.