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Friday, March 16, 2012

Students weigh in on government priorities

Students collaborate, and vote by text message, on community priorities

At the March 6 Youth Summit, high school students discussed and weighed in on what they think city, county and CMS government leaders should be prioritizing.

Here's what they had to say:

City of Charlotte
Crime and safety - 57%
Job creation - 25%
Public transportation - 7%
Roads and streets - 4%
Affordable housing - 4%
Streetlights and sidewalks - 4%

Mecklenburg County
Health - 32%
Education - 32%
Libraries - 14%
Poverty reduction - 12%
Parks, recreation and greenways - 10%

County education spending
CMS - 68%
CPCC - 11%
Pre-K - 20%

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (new spending items proposed for CMS budget)
Programs to attract great teachers - 43%
More high school teachers (focus on 9th grade) - 31%
Pay teachers and staff more - 17%
CMS communications (adding multimedia) - 6%
Expand Truancy Court - 3%
Tech facilitators for high schools - 1%


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