The Durham public school system is hosting 4 meetings to gather community input on how to find alternatives to suspensions and expulsions. It is vital for all members of the Durham community to participate in these discussions. There will be an opportunity to express frustrations, while also offering some proposed solutions. Currently, there are 4 public meetings scheduled:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7: 10:30AM-12:00PM
THE STAFF DEVELOPMENT CENTER, 2107 HILLANDALE ROAD
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9: 6:30PM-8:00PM
NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL, 117 TOM WILKINSON ROAD
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10: 6:30PM-8:00PM*
SOUTHERN HIGH SCHOOL 800 CLAYTON ROAD
*THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR) HAS BEEN INVITED TO THIS PUBLIC MEETING
MONDAY, DEC. 16, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
WHITE ROCK BAPTIST CHURCH, 3400 FAYETTEVILLE ST
“I would prefer that we reduce some of the programs that are providing funds for people not working,” he says. “There’s an awful lot of that going on. I would rather spend money educating people rather than continuously feeding them.”
So there you have it. A multi-billionaire who would rather not "continuously feed" people who are hungry ... and who sees schools as nothing more than farms for his workers. Good luck educating all those dead people, Mr. Goodnight. You're really going to need it.
Mr. Goodnight, the CEO of SAS in Cary, may be a genius when it come to building a software company, but when it comes to understanding the challenges of public education, he's full of crap. Blame the teachers, he says? Riiiiiight.
If teachers at all levels had the pay and benefits SAS employees enjoy, we wouldn't have half the problems we do in public and higher education.
Ah those pesky teachers. Always thinking about themselves instead of their students.
Never mind that our teacher salaries are among the lowest in the nation. Never mind that they don't have money to pay for supplies and books. Disregard the fact that the resources they depend on are being stripped away to line the pockets of for-profit "educators." Ignore the ongoing war on teachers. It's a figment of your imagination.
Rumor has it that some teachers are ready to say "enough is enough." They'll be staging a "walk-in" and wearing red next Monday, pointing to both the insults and injuries coming from the General Assembly. Meanwhile, Phil Berger is crying crocodile tears about the potential risks to students of teachers on the war path.
For what it's worth, I stand with teachers. I see this walk-in as a tentative and small step that tests the waters of collective action. The response to the test will likely be nothing but condemnation by our arrogant legislators. Unless and until teachers demonstrate their power to shutdown the system, they won't get the respect they deserve.
It may be apocryphal, but I've always loved this business school case study for its simplicity. After sitting through a seemingly endless strategic planning meeting to come up with a new mission for the company, the CEO of Perrier allegedly shot to his feet screaming, "Sell More Perrier!"
The brain trust at the NCGA that wrote the state budget this year--you know the one, it was devastating to teachers and public education - have created a committee to advise them on teacher pay. Does anyone else want to shout, "Pay Teachers a Living Wage!!"?
There is just a little more advice I would offer, without the benefit of a Committee Room, microphone or gavel.
1. Do not fire teachers.
2. Do not fire teacher assistants.
Republicans in North Carolina are feeling the heat from outraged parents and pissed off teachers. In response, they're doubling down on distortions and trying to paper over the truth of what they've done. Here are the facts:
The Office of State Budget and Management, headed by Art Pope, told the General Assembly that it would cost $7.98 billion to keep education services at the same level as last year. The final budget spent 7.86 billion. That is reduction of $120 million at a time when enrollment is increasing.
If lawmakers wanted to keep education funding at the same level as 2007-2008 adjusted for inflation, this year’s budget would need to be $8.4 billion. That means funding for public schools is over $500 million less than it was six years ago.
Bottom line? The GOP has been claiming they're fixing an education problem that doesn't exist. And their solution is guaranteed to shred the integrity of North Carolina's public school system. As many have said, their goal seems to be simple: make public schools suck so much that regular people will turn against them.
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