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Nash Rocky Mount Schools Split Controversy: Letter to Editor by Pastor James D. Gilliard

The Watch Dog: agree totally with this letter. Fabuloustastic!

I am writing to express an independent, informational, and intellectual view of the
current threat to the Nash Rocky Mount Public School system. As a politically
unaffiliated, bi-racial pastor to over 3,000 people (including 1,100 K-12 children
active in Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools), I am quite vested in this issue. As is the
case with most political decisions, it is easy for the emotion of any subject to veer us
away from sound decisions that are in the best interest of all involved.

Taxes and The Common Good
Everyday as Americans and North Carolinians, our property, sales and utility taxes
are used to fund programs, services, institutions, and infrastructure that we either
benefit from directly or indirectly. Nash County residents may not directly benefit
from the funding formula that supplements the education of children living in
Edgecombe County, but do benefit indirectly as there is a link between education
and job creation for a region.
• I have yet to make a call to 911 or to use ambulance services since I have
lived here, as I am certain many of you reading this also have not, yet millions
of tax dollars are earmarked for these vital emergency services.
• Most of my books are electronic, so I never go to the public library, yet taxes
are used for this critical public institution.
• There are many residents of Nash County who have never used the highways
or buildings their taxes help build.
• There are retirees who have never had a child in the school system, yet a
portion of their taxes and utilities are used to supplement the funding of our
school system.

I doubt the Nash County Commissioners who are aggressively asking for a “fairness
of funding” want to establish a precedent of an “al-a-carte” taxation system where
we all get to direct our taxes only to the services from which we directly benefit and
away from those which we indirectly benefit.
It seems that a reminder of our origin as a nation is appropriate. The manifesto on
American Capitalism is Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations”, where he explained
that human involvement in economics is to “advance the interests of the society.” To
follow this new ideology being espoused by the Nash County Commissioners would
mean the GI Bill that enabled 10 million Americans to receive housing and education
benefits would have never been funded. Anything that is good and necessary for a
civilized society to thrive, like public education, is good for us all.

Collateral Damage
The removal of 1,800 children from the Nash Rocky Mount Public School system has
a potential consequence for which none of us, particularly the Nash County
Commissioners, are prepared. Eighteen hundred children equates to 12.5% of the
current NRMPS system. Any businessperson will tell you that reducing any
institutional capacity by 12.5% results in a ripple effect and like throwing a pebble
in the water you never know how many ripples will be created. Here are some
potential ripples:
Reduction of Title I, II, and III Federal Funding. It has been wrongly
communicated by the Nash County Commissioners that “the funding will
follow the students.” This is only partially true. The funding is both volume
and percent weighted. Funding will follow, but it will be much smaller
funding. There will also be a delay in this smaller funding as it is awarded in
blocks of 24 – 30 months, so services will need to be offered to children
without any funding being immediately available. This funding effects direct
services of children as well as professional development of teachers. The
anticipated loss to the remaining NRMPS system could be as high as $10
million annually. This is a classic example of voting against one’s own
interests as all the remaining children will live in Nash County and this will
create a net loss to the very system they claim to represent.
Loss of Existing Jobs. Reducing the capacity of NRMPS will require reorganization
and the inevitable loss of jobs to teachers and support staff. In
laymen’s terms, every 10 students create a job. The simple math of the
impending legislation by Representative Jeff Collins (at the request of the
Nash County Commissioners) could easily result in the loss of 180 jobs. It
seems our elected officials could better use their time creating jobs and not
removing jobs. The argument that those teachers would simply move to the
Edgecombe County School System is implausible as there are still over 50
licensed teacher vacancies within that system and for many teachers living in
Spring Hope, Middlesex, and Bailey, it would be just as close to drive to a
school in Wake County as it would some schools within Edgecombe County.
Loss of Support to Teachers and Staff. Aside from being a pastor I do not
know of a more difficult profession than teaching. We as a community should
be actively advocating for our teachers in the classroom and the principals
and staff that support this vital public institution. Instead, our
Commissioners are deliberately creating an environment that is filled with
contention and division rather than support and encouragement. Everyone
cares about job security and high morale and our teachers deserve no less.
Loss of New Jobs. Education along with Transportation, Health, Leisure,
Quality of Life, Taxes, and Housing remain major recruitment tools for new
companies and emerging economies. Dismantling our school system will
greatly harm our efforts in attracting new companies and in establishing the
“twin counties” as a “bedroom” community for those working in Raleigh,
Durham, and Chapel Hill. This inability to bring new companies and firms to
our community will hinder our ability to expand our tax base and to produce
an even greater economic impact to our region.
Re-classification of Athletic Programs. Rocky Mount Senior High alone
will likely lose 400-450 students. This loss to the ADM (Average Daily
Membership) will result in less competitive athletics and a loss of college
scholarships for countless young people for whom sports remain a viable
opportunity for a secure future due to a potential change in division status.
School Closing. There has been no study conducted by the Nash County
Commissioners ensuring there would be no school closings as elected
officials are not generally trained in the logistics and technicalities in the
actual running of a school system. Conventional wisdom at least forces us to
consider that by reducing the NRMPS by 1,800 students, it may not be
financially feasible to continue operations at the same level. This is
particularly the case since the NRMPS system is experiencing a five-year
decline in enrollment with a proven history that reduced capacity results in
school closings. An educated guess based upon school size and location
would deduce that Northern Nash High School could possibly close due to
this legislation.
The Children. It is said that often we leave the best for last. Who is
advocating for our children? Yes, as North Carolinians, ALL the children are
OUR children. We are a community. We are a region. When I moved here
from Philadelphia 11 years ago, I was introduced to the “twin counties.”
What a way to treat your twin! 1,800 children moving out of NRMPS is more
children than Camden, Gates, Clay, Swain, and Washington County Schools
have enrollment. This is equivalent to an entirely new and different school
system being created with no plan, no structure, and no infrastructure. It is
setting ALL of OUR kids up to fail as the remaining NRMPS kids will be faced
with the sobering reality that it was their parents who stripped down the
ability of the NRMPS system to meet the categorical needs of the children in
programs like IB, AP, AIG and ESL. The education of our children should be a
collective concern. We must endeavor to provide every child in our region
and our state with every opportunity to advance and to actively contribute
back to society.

I invite all of us to use our heart and our brain as we make decisions. My heart is for
ALL of our children and my brain tells me the loss of 180 jobs, the net loss of
millions of dollars to our school system, the potential closing of a school, and the
loss of college athletic scholarships is hardly worth the savings we as Nash County
residents will realize. It is my hope an agreement will be reached but despite the
outcome, we should all agree that no group of people should be allowed to play
politics with our children.

James D. Gailliard
Nash County Resident
Pastor, Word Tabernacle Church

Homegoing Celebration For Ms. Annie Lee Randolph Pinetops NC

My condolences goes out to Alphonso, Earl, Ada and the entire family of the late Annie Lee Randolph Pinetops, NC.

I have been knowing Ms. Annie Lee nearly all of my life. We used to live in the same community from the time I was growing up until the flood came. I used to do her garden.

What a rejoicing time 92 years young. God has been good to the children to have had a mother to live so long. And the good thing about it, the children were there for her all of their lives also. Now she is in God’s care.

Song: I Am In Your Care – Canton Spirituals

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

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Event center awaits funding – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: This will be great for Rocky Mount and surrounding areas. I totally agree with Tom Betts this just makes a whole of sense.

Even though officials are in a stall pattern awaiting news of funding for the proposed downtown community facility, residents continue to debate the merits of the estimated $32 million project.

“I am very much in favor of it,” said longtime city resident Tom Betts. “I was initially opposed to it, but when they changed the emphasis to athletics it made a whole lot of sense to me. It doesn’t take a genius to look at what has happened with the success of the Sports Complex and realize the intelligence of the project.”

Few residents question the wisdom of building the Sports Complex with its annual direct economic impact of more than $9 million, but Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs said before the city developed the complex, officials didn’t do even a fraction of the due diligence current staff is undertaking for the downtown community facility. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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DISTRICT 23

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REPORT: HB2 Could Cost $5B a Year

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a report Wednesday from the Williams Institute, a UCLA School of Law think tank that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Most of the economic hit would come from the loss of federal funding, since the U.S. government has said HB2 is a violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX. The report, however, also took into account the loss of business investment, reduced travel and tourism, the costs of litigation and enforcement, as well as costs associated with high school dropouts, workplace discrimination, health disparities, productivity loss, retention and recruitment.  Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article76997927.html

NC, US Justice Department File Dueling HB2 Lawsuits

North Carolina and the Justice Department announced dueling lawsuits Monday over the state’s “bathroom bill,” which has become the epicenter of a larger fight over transgender rights. The two complaints, filed several hours apart, took opposing sides in the debate over the law, which bans transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates. While the state said its law does not discriminate against transgender people or treat transgender employees differently from non-transgender employees, the Justice Department’s civil rights office said the measure is discriminatory and violates civil rights.  Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/05/09/north-carolina-justice-dept-face-monday-deadline-for-bathroom-bill/

 

Lobbyists: NCGOP Pressuring Us to Be Quiet on HB2

While Republican state leaders have complained about being “bullied” by the federal government over House Bill 2, lobbyists in Raleigh tell WRAL News they and the businesses they represent are being bullied by state lawmakers seeking to silence business opposition to the new law.  Lobbyists say they’ve been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers’ staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders. Legislation they want won’t move, and other bills could actually target them. WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business. One long-time lobbyist called the pressure a “gross abuse of power.” Another veteran lobbyist labeled it “vicious,” adding, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”  Read more here: http://www.wral.com/lobbyists-lawmakers-seek-to-quiet-hb2-opponents/15698344/

 

Legislative Leaders Set Budget Target

The House and Senate haven’t yet announced details about their budget plans. House budget subcommittees have been meeting this week, and Dollar has said he hopes to have his chamber’s proposal ready in the coming weeks. Agreeing on a spending target early in the process could help avoid the lengthy budget impasse lawmakers faced last year, when the final budget wasn’t approved until nearly three months after the fiscal year began. In 2015, the House passed a budget that increased spending by 5 percent, while the Senate’s budget bill had a 2 percent spending increase. It took weeks of negotiations to arrive at a $21.74 billion budget target, which was a 3.1 percent increase. This year’s budget will bring a smaller increase in state spending, and the decision drew praise from the conservative Americans For Prosperity.  Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article75653822.html

 

NC House Raises Penalties for Drunk Boating

The House voted unanimously Thursday to increase the penalty for impaired boat operators who seriously injure or kill someone. House Bill 958 is named after Sheyenne Marshall, a Cabarrus County teenager who was killed on Lake Norman on July 4, 2015. “Sheyenne Marshall was a very beautiful 17-year-old young lady with a love for life and a lot going for her,” said bill sponsor Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus. “She was on a kneeboard, and a boater who was drunk nearly hit the boat. He swerved to miss the boat but ran over her and killed her.  “The sentencing for this act is way out of proportion to if the same thing had been done with a car. What’s the difference?” Pittman asked. Under current law, boating while impaired is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

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This week, I was honored to stand with the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and teachers from all across our state in calling to restore respect for our educators and respect for our public education system. Our teachers are committed to our children and engage as public servants who work tirelessly to prepare our children for tomorrow. Republican policies have made devasting cuts to public edcuation and our educators continually have been forced –after class size increases, after elimination of teacher assistants, after cutting textbook funding –to do more with less. They have earned our respect and they deserve our support. Policies that support our commitment to education and compensate our teachers as well as counter the misguided rhetoric about our public schools that have educated so many of us, are required if education is to be made a North Carolina priority again. Last week, I filed House Bill 1054: 10% Teacher Salary Increase to give our teachers a 10% pay raise across the board. It is one step in a real commitment to education. Our children, our teachers, and our public education system are under attack by the Republican majority yet our educators endure, our children succeed, and our system, although strained, withstands.

 

Our work continues,

 

Rep. Larry D. Hall – Democratic Leader

 

 

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Media Matters

 

NC Teachers Feel “Disrespected” By NCGA

“I’m one of those teachers that’s been in the system long enough that I’m not feeling the effects of the pay raise that the governor’s been passing down. So in order to pay back student loans and things like that I have thought about leaving the profession,” said Guilford County teacher Angela Waiters Jackson. 14.8 percent of teachers in North Carolina left their position in 2015. Some left the profession altogether. “The policies that have been put in place by the state of North Carolina and this General Assembly over the last few years have made our teachers feel like they’re part of the problem rather than part of the solution,” said Rep. Graig Meyer. North Carolina ranks 42nd in the country for teacher pay. Read more here: http://abc11.com/education/nc-teachers-still-feel-disrespected-by-lawmakers/1321905/

REPORT: HB2 Could Cost $5B a Year

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a report Wednesday from the Williams Institute, a UCLA School of Law think tank that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Most of the economic hit would come from the loss of federal funding, since the U.S. government has said HB2 is a violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX. The report, however, also took into account the loss of business investment, reduced travel and tourism, the costs of litigation and enforcement, as well as costs associated with high school dropouts, workplace discrimination, health disparities, productivity loss, retention and recruitment. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article76997927.html

Lobbyists: NCGOP Pressuring Us to Be Quiet on HB2

While Republican state leaders have complained about being “bullied” by the federal government over House Bill 2, lobbyists in Raleigh tell WRAL News they and the businesses they represent are being bullied by state lawmakers seeking to silence business opposition to the new law.  Lobbyists say they’ve been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers’ staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders. Legislation they want won’t move, and other bills could actually target them. WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business. One long-time lobbyist called the pressure a “gross abuse of power.” Another veteran lobbyist labeled it “vicious,” adding, “I’ve never seen anything like it. Read more here: http://www.wral.com/lobbyists-lawmakers-seek-to-quiet-hb2-opponents/15698344/

NC, US Justice Department File Dueling HB2 Lawsuits 

North Carolina and the Justice Department announced dueling lawsuits Monday over the state’s “bathroom bill,” which has become the epicenter of a larger fight over transgender rights. The two complaints, filed several hours apart, took opposing sides in the debate over the law, which bans transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates. While the state said its law does not discriminate against transgender people or treat transgender employees differently from non-transgender employees, the Justice Department’s civil rights office said the measure is discriminatory and violates civil rights.  Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/05/09/north-carolina-justice-dept-face-monday-deadline-for-bathroom-bill/

HB2 Has Cost 1750 Jobs, $77 million

Companies protesting House Bill 2 have cost North Carolina more than 1750 jobs and more than $77 million-worth of investments and visitor spending.   That’s according to estimates Time Warner Cable News put together from tourism and business groups across the state. HB 2 overturns Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance, which protected people who are transgender in using the bathroom for the gender with which they identify. Republican legislators argued that ordinance would give a defense to sexual predators to attack people in women’s bathrooms. Read more here: http://www.twcnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2016/04/22/hb-2-has-cost-state-1750-jobs.html

Why is NC Letting a Handful of Millionaires Get Away with This?

If all states without an estate tax reinstated this tax, the report finds, they could raise an additional $3 billion to $6 billion a year, says For North Carolina, reinstating an estate tax would generate $100 million to $170 million a year — funds that can boost public investments to promote broadly shared economic prosperity across the state. The estate tax only affects inheritances of more than $5.25 million, so most North Carolinians would owe nothing. The year before North Carolina eliminated the estate tax, only 23 of the wealthiest people had to pay. With an estate tax, North Carolina would have more resources to invest in broad prosperity – and that pays off for everyone in our state. Read more here: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2016/05/11/why-is-nc-letting-a-handful-of-multimillionaires-get-away-this/

Homegoing Celebration For Mr. James Franklin White Raleigh NC Father Of Ronald White

My condolences goes out to Ronald White and the entire family of the late Mr. James Franklin White Raleigh NC.

Wow, I was shocked to hear that my friend had expired. I used to talk to him on the phone from time to time. He used to call me his pastor. He used to keep me encouraged to fight in the struggle. I gonna miss my friend Ronald calling me telling me that his dad want to talk to me. Had not talked to him in a while now and the first thing came to my mind I should have gone to see him because we never know the minute or the hour.

Song: Heavenly Choir – The Canton Spirituals,”Live In Memphis”

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Viewing: Thursday May 19th, 2016 2:00pm – 8:00pm 2415 S. Wilmington Street Raleigh, NC 27603

Funeral Service: Friday May 20th, 2016 11:30 am 2415 S. Wilmington Street Raleigh, NC 27603

Body Entrusted to: Haywood Funeral Home Raleigh, NC Sign the Guest Book

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