Schools are the single most important aspect of an area to most parents. In Union County, our school system has suffered under such mis-managment that were it a corporation failing to such a degree, it would be filing for re-organization.
Out in the real world, everybody knows that schools and neighborhoods are related.
As the Observer’s Michelle Crouch reports on today’s front page, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ neighborhood-based assignment plan is having an unintended effect. People are bidding up home values in neighborhoods where the schools are perceived as desirable. That’s creating a pattern of have and have-not neighborhoods. That isn’t good for the city as a whole.