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Student on CMS Board Emerges as Star in Emergency COVID-19 Meeting

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s student representative is getting a lot of public love after he grilled the adults in the room at an emergency board meeting this week.

Monday’s session may have been a preview of life in the age of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. For starters, it was called with only a few hours notice to vote on changes forced by the virus.

The pandemic means public interest in policy decisions is surging — but safety prohibits packing into meeting chambers. So the board met in a small room on the Government Center’s fifth floor with little space for an audience.

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