Charlotte got a taste of a new kind of candidate forum this week and it went down well.
Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education is a nonprofit organization that provides information and opportunities for the community to learn about and get engaged with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Tuesday night, it hosted, along with WFAE public radio, a public forum for 12 at-large school board candidates with an important interactive twist. For one thing, it was live-streamed, with an audience of about 50 outside the auditorium. Those inside the hall and elsewhere got to vote on the topics to be addressed by the candidates, and those at home could submit questions to be asked since they couldn't walk up to a microphone.