Education

New Teacher Rules

The North Carolina Association of Educators just sent out a fact sheet about the NC legislature's action against teachers removing career status. Not only did they eliminate career status but they are eliminating due process to appeal decisions about the new evaluation instrument, length of contract, dismisal and bonus. I'm glad that I retired from teaching this year. It looks like the new rules will really mess up schools in North Carolina. One interesting suggestion is the idea that local school boards can create due process rules and better contracts. I hope CHCCS will do that. Loren

http://click.email.nea.org/?qs=ea5790523815a2577ac395467f1125d587594ee1b0f27574b5be50ea680957a073e745446a3be27d

PTA Council/NAACP/SNAC Forum for CHCCS School Board candidates

Forum jointly sponsored by the PTA Council (reps from all CHCCS PTAs), the NAACP Education Committee, and SNAC (Special Needs Advisory Council).

Date: 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliot Rd, Chapel Hill

Now Who Pays? The Impact of New North Carolina Legislation and Budget on Local Government Services

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties will sponsor a voter education program entitled Now Who Pays? The Impact of New North Carolina Legislation and Budget on Local Government Services. The goal of this program is to promote greater understanding of the effects on local county governments of the State budget and tax legislation enacted during the 2013 session.

Kelly McCullen, Host of UNC-TV's Legislative Week in Review, will open the program with a summary of the new tax legislation and other outcomes from the 2013 legislative session that impact funding of local services.

The specific impacts on local budgets, revenue sources, and services will be discussed by Charlie Horne from Chatham County, Deborah Criag-Ray from Durham County, and Michael Talbert from Orange County, each representing a County Manager's office..

The program will be held Thursday, September 19, from 7pm to 8:30pm, at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. The program is open to the general public. Admission and parking are free.

Date: 

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliot Rd, Chapel Hill

17th Annual Walk for Education

Press release:

Schools to "Hit the Road"

17th Annual Walk for Education to take place on Saturday, October 5

Chapel Hill, NC - Thousands of students, families, and school staff members will walk from McCorkle Place on the UNC campus to a huge carnival at Lincoln Center, the school district's central office, on Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m.

Organized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, the Walk for Education, now in its 17th year, raises funds for all schools in the district. Each school designates its Walk earnings for specific projects, such as classroom libraries, technology and playground improvements.

Over 6,000 walkers participated in 2012. Students raised more than $90,000 for their schools.  The Foundation awards cash prizes to the school with the most walkers and the school demonstrating the most school spirit as they march down Franklin Street.  

"The Walk demonstrates community support for public education, engages participants in physical activity and raises funds for all our schools," said Ashley Wilson, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation.

The Carnival at Lincoln Center will feature giant inflatable slides, obstacle courses, face painting, a dunking booth, and other activities organized by school groups to raise funds for their programs. Families can purchase a wide variety of food and drinks offered by school groups.

"Schools are working especially hard to raise money at the Carnival because funds have been cut for teams and clubs," said Kim Hoke, Foundation director.

New to the Carnival this year will be a silent auction, with each school presenting one item or experience for bidding.  Among the many auction items are Carolina-Duke basketball tickets, a week at a Cape Hatteras beach house, and sterling silver jewelry.  All proceeds go directly to the schools.

Walk festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. at McCorkle Place on the UNC campus. Led by the Carrboro High School marching band, walkers will head down Franklin Street at 2 p.m. There is no registration for the Walk, which will take place rain or shine.  Everyone is welcome.  Dogs, however, are prohibited.

Shuttles from Chapel Hill and Carrboro High Schools to McCorkle Place will begin at 12:30 p.m. Shuttles from the Carnival at Lincoln Center will return to the two high schools starting at 4 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to ride the shuttles. There is no parking at Lincoln Center, and parking on Merritt Mill Road will not be permitted.

For information, contact Kim Hoke at khoke@chccs.k12.nc.us or by phone at 919-967-8211 (ext. 28301).


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Date: 

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 1:30pm

Location: 

McCorkle Place

Inching toward connectivity

Merritt Crossing, updated 2013

Yesterday I attended an informational meeting about the proposed Tanyard Branch greenway and bridge that the Town of Chapel Hill is planning to build from the end of McMasters Street (near Northside Elementary) to the other side of Bolin Creek, ending at Jay Street, which is a dirt road that connects to Village Drive. (Tanyard Branch is the name of the stream that comes in from Carrboro and feeds into Bolin Creek at Umstead Park.)

This is a project that I personally stand to benefit from greatly. My comment from a year ago on being districted in the Northside Elementary walkzone explains that this will change our daily walk to school from 1.2 miles up a steep hill to .5 miles through the woods. This small greenway will also eventually connect to Phase III of Chapel Hill Bolin Creek Greenway, which will bring the path from MLK to Umstead Park. UNC is also creating a "Campus-to-Campus Connector" from Carolina North which will run paralell to the railroad tracks and just feet from Village Drive. This Tanyard Branch connection will someday make it much easier for people to get to central Chapel Hill from downtown, which is great.

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