Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is halting the distribution of its clear backpacks.
We spoke on-air about how CMS spent over $445,000 dollars for about 46,000 clear backpacks. Superintendent Earnest Winston says the backpacks will be given only to high school students. This is to prevent any dangerous contraband from being brought into schools. The idea is that weapons are easy to see in clear bags.
So why are they pausing distribution?
CMS officials sent an email to parents. It said they discovered most backpacks contained a warning tag required by Proposition 65 for California residents.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Roy and LauRen tell me the tag is on everything. From vacuums to food packages.
CMS was scheduled to distribute the clear backpacks at iMeck Academy Tuesday. CMS says they immediately paused the handout when it was revealed the majority of the inventory had the tag.
Also, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leaders are discussing the idea of increasing retention bonuses for teachers and other staff. Tonight a discussion will take place, two months after the school board initially approved the bonuses.
Back in December, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board of education approved retention bonuses for teachers and other staff. Tuesday night, they’ll consider doubling the amount. Initially, full-time employees were set to receive $2,500 each and part-time employees would receive $1,250. The current proposal is considering doubling that amount.