A bill that would let Matthews and Mint Hill create their own charter schools sparked fierce debate when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders and state legislators met this week.

There was one point of agreement: A bill that affects only two small towns south of Charlotte could change the face of school choice in North Carolina.

“It’s a seismic change in the education policy of this state,” said Charles Jeter, a former state lawmaker who now speaks for CMS on governmental issues. He said the bill sponsored by state Rep. Bill Brawley would let towns that are whiter and more affluent than the county at large use property tax money to create separate public schools for their residents.

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