Education

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.

Another female leader in OC! (Welcome new OCS superintendent Dr Gerri Martin)

OCDW Panel Discussion on Education Policy

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. 

Date: 

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Extraordinary Ventures, Elliott Road, Chapel Hill

Eliminate Racial Inequity in Student Discipline in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools

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:

Changes to Charter School rules to benefit for-profit companies?

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?

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/03/31/3948579/nc-charter-school-bill-is-very.html 

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.

http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/October-2012/Getting-Schooled/

Sure, that's simplistic, but what other way is there to interpret the legislature's actions?

 

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