From the OCDP newsletter:
What does the new legislation mean for public school education in North Carolina?
Come join the Orange County Democratic Women for a panel discussion with Ann McColl, in-house counsel for NCAE and Leslie Winner, former chief counsel to Molly Broad and Erskine Bowles. Learn what effects the currently passed legislation will have on K-12 public education in our state. A 17-year veteran educator of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro public schools will give a brief personal commentary, and our own Florry Glasser will moderate the program.
The program will be at 7 PM on August 22nd at Extraordinary Ventures on Elliott Road in Chapel Hill.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:00pm
Extraordinary Ventures, Elliott Road, Chapel Hill
On June 20th a hearing was held at a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education meeting about the need to address racial inequities in how students are disciplined. As we gear up for another school year, I hope that efforts continue to be made to eliminate these inequities. Some activities have already begun. More and more of our neighbors are attending Undoing/Anti-Racism/Dismantling Racism workshops, and the CHCCS this summer held one of these workshops specifically for students and another that many staff attended. (Workshops will be held in the fall and are open to the public. For more information: Undoing Racism/Racial Equity Workshops in Chapel Hill; Dismantling Racism Workshops in Durham.)
A number of folks spoke at that June 20th hearing, including public defender James Williams, who shared these remarks:
At first the changes to the rules regarding charter schools didn't make sense. What school would hire teachers without college degrees and without doing a background check?
The missing piece was the rise in the number of out-of-state companies that are running for-profit charter schools in NC. The major cost in a school is salaries, so the easiest way to make a profit is to hire teachers with no college degree and limited employment opportunities due to problems that would show up on a background check.
Sure, that's simplistic, but what other way is there to interpret the legislature's actions?
Yesterday I over
heard an open conversation at Chapel Hill Inspection Department concerning Northside
Three men were explaining to a Town employee why their company Bordeaux
Construction should be allowed to circumvent town standard and requirements.
The Town employee while quit pleasant was clear that was not to be the case.
One of the three from Bordeaux Construction hinted to some use of power to
force the Town staffer to renege. These veiled
threats did not the effect the staffers resolve that the project would need to
meet the Town policies.
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