Yes, they're a private school, but they're in line for public money, thanks to Skip Stam's voucher program.
The private Christian school is listed in the directory of recognized private schools by the state of North Carolina. That list is maintained by the Division of Non-Public Education and all schools on that list will be eligible for taxpayer-funded school vouchers beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
The task force chair, Chip Hughes, just happens to make his living selling surveillance systems. We're sure he'll recuse himself if the task force's discussion turns to anything dealing with using surveillance systems as part of a school safety solution (right? RIGHT?)
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:00am
Salon has a feature story on charter schools this morning that's worth a read - NC is highlighted extensively in the piece, which discusses many of the problems with these taxpayer-funded windfalls for private companies and religious institutions more interested in their own agenda than educating our kids.
Writing for NC Policy Watch, Lindsay Wagner recently reported, “For the first time in its history, North Carolina will allow taxpayer funds to go to largely unaccountable private schools, 70 percent of which are religious institutions.”
It's really exciting to see the Durham community getting down to business and doing the hard work of organizing to build the power needed to make some changes in the spring. There's a couple great events coming up I thought BlueNC folks might be interested in checking out. Please spread the word to folks in Durham who might be able to attend.
"Durham Board of ED member Nancy Cox will be joining us to give us some background on the Board of ED and how they are working to improve our schools. This will be a unique opportunity to hear from one of our Board of ED members in a supportive atmosphere. We want to make sure we have a good crowd for this meeting so please RSVP here.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 8:59am
Parents at Eastern Wayne Middle School are justifiably upset - school official sent a "fake" gunman into the school to "teach a lesson". The person - a student - wore a ski mask, carried a fake gun, and pretended to rob some of the students.
School officials said it was supposed to be an "enrichment exercise" to "teach students to be aware of their surroundings" but that they got "carried away".
That anyone working in a public school system would think this is appropriate says a great deal about the mindset in many rural parts of NC that can't seem to make the connection between guns and the consequences of gun violence.
Blog post on news story from the local Fox8 affiliate. (Wayne County, for those of you not familiar with points east in NC includes Kinston).
Right wing reaction to the Common Core State Standards for K-12 education is an almost instinctive rejection of anything aimed to the "common good." Perhaps this "reject instinct" hearkens back to the Cold War, where communism, which sounds like "common" and shares etymology tracing back to the Old French "comun."
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 6:48pm
After a complaint from the parent of an 11th grader, complaining the book was "filth", the Randolph County school board voted to ban Ralph Ellison's "The Invisible Man".
It was one of three books from which rising Randleman High School juniors could choose for summer reading for the 2013-14 school year. The others on the list were “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin and “Passing” by Nella Larsen; honors students had to choose two books. ...
Mason said, “I didn’t find any literary value.” He also objected to the language in the book. “I’m for not allowing it to be available.”
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