Education

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?

 

Northside Element

North Side School

  Yesterday I over heard an open conversation at Chapel Hill Inspection Department concerning Northside Element School. 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.

Saw a local developer reading about this opinion on his smartphone yesterday. Impact on our development processes?

BoCC Work Session on 2013-14 Budget

7:00 - 8:00 
  • Durham Technical Community College
  • Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools
  • Orange County Schools
8:00 - 8:30    Sportsplex
8:30 - 10:00    County Departments
  • Register of Deeds
  • Sheriff
  • Emergency Services
  • Solid Waste (including Fee Schedule change requests and Non-Departmental items)
  • Asset Management Services
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Economic Development (including Non-Departmental items)
  • Elections
  • Information Technologies
  • Planning and OPT, including Efland Sewer (including Fee Schedule change requests and Non-Departmental items)
  • Public Affairs
  • Tax Administration
  • Board of County Commissioners
  • County Manager

Date: 

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:00pm

Location: 

Southern Human Services Center

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