Butterfield Announces $2.3 million Education Grant for ESCU

U.S. House of Representative Seal

U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

1st District of North Carolina

For Release:  Immediate

Date:  September 25, 2009

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101

Butterfield Announces $2.3 million Education Grant for ESCU

Washington, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield today announced a $2.3 million federal grant that Elizabeth City State University will use to help improve nine area schools.

“This is an enormous opportunity to make a lasting difference,” Butterfield said.

Under this program, Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) will partner with schools in Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Halifax-Weldon City, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Warren and Washington counties in an effort to improve the schools through professional development and by working to increase the number of certified principals and assistant principals.

ECSU will use the funds from the U.S. Department of Education’s School Leadership Program over five years to implement the North Carolina School Leadership Program (NNCSLP). The School Leadership Program provides competitive grants to assist high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) with recruiting, training, and retaining principals and assistant principals.

To qualify as a high-need LEA it must either serve at least 10,000 children from low-income families or serve a community in which at least 20 percent of children are from low-income families; and, must have a high percentage of teachers teaching either outside of their certification or with emergency, provisional or temporary certification.

Under the program, 244 principals, assistant principals and school improvement plan members will undertake professional development activities focused on enhancing student achievement. Additionally, the program aims at ensuring that at least 54 principals and assistant principals complete their Master’s in School Administration.

Butterfield said this funding is particularly import for these schools to help meet the standards set by the state’s ABCs accountability program. Under that program, individual schools are held accountable for student performance. He said this program targets the School Improvement Teams, which are responsible for developing the School Improvement Plans and Framework Action Plans.

North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus Annual Chairman’s Banquet

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North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus Annual Chairman’s Banquet
Saturday, February 20th, 2010 – 6:00pm
Durham, North Carolina
Location & Speaker: TBA soon

Charmaine Fuller Cooper, MPA
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Sat, Oct 17th – 11am
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Edgecombe County – Murder suspect due in court Pittman accused in one of six deaths

The man accused of killing one of at least six Rocky Mount women found dead outside the city since 2003 is expected in court Thursday.

The pretrial hearing comes a few weeks after an Edgecombe County grand jury indicted Antwan Maurice Pittman on first-degree murder charges in the strangling death of 28-year-old Taraha Shenice Nicholson. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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