- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina town council has voted to support legislation allowing it to create its own charter schools.

Local news outlets report the Matthews Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 Monday to endorse the bill sponsored by Republican State Rep. Bill Brawley. Matthews is a suburb of Charlotte.

While the town said the bill is not an effort to break away from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, system officials say the measure would undermine public education across North Carolina. The CMS board was scheduled to discuss its opposition to the bill during a meeting on Tuesday.

The board has already said approval of the bill could force reassignment, meaning hundreds of Matthews students would have to be moved out of one high school. They say it could also drive up taxes for town residents.

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