Deadline nears for CMS lottery

Are you unhappy with your child's school assignment? You have until 10 p.m. tonight to take part in the CMS lottery for magnet programs or seats in non-magnet schools.

Reminder: The CMS student-assignment lottery ends at 10 p.m. tonight.

Since the lottery opened on Jan. 9, nearly 9,000 families have applied for magnet programs or seats in non-magnet schools, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

CMS families in January received a letter with student ID and PIN numbers. Families who are happy with the school listed on that letter do not need to submit anything for the lottery.

Lottery results will be mailed to families the first week in March. The letter will tell parents which school their child was placed in and how to seek reassignment.

Only students enrolled in CMS by Dec. 23, 2008, were eligible for the lottery. A second lottery will run from March 16 to May 22.

For more information, call a CMS hotline at 980-343-6192. Spanish-speaking representatives are available. The hotline will be open until 6 p.m. today.

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