So Are They Still Trying To Justify What Happened In Edgecombe County Public Schools

There was an incident several years ago as it relates to a Val and Sal and in which Dr. Lana VanderLinden was the center of controversy. Shortly thereafter she moved from Tarboro High as a principal into a role at the Central Office. Several folks have been trying to justify the call she made in which the white child was given the top grade but it was overturned. There are some folks who would like to see Dr. VanderLinden be given the superintendent’s job.

And now this is where the principals are trying to go with this, “No valedictorian or salutatorian? Panel will reconsider.” It never seems to amaze me how some folks come up with some things especially during certain times. Funny how the principals are seeking this change at this time. But look around the county at the make up of the principals especially at the high school level.

Response From Edgecombe County Public Schools In Re: Board Meeting Last Night

—– Original Message —–

From: "Curmilus Dancy II (Butch) Grassroots Effective Community Activist @" <>

To: "Diane LeFiles" <>

Cc: "Dr. Steve Mazingo Interim Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools" <>

Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 7:28 PM

Subject: Response: BOE agenda

To: Diane LeFiles
Well obviously someone told you about it since I didn’t send it to you. Well
whatever one thing that is clear is that you got the message and you took
the time to respond.
Glad you took the time to respond again however thank you for letting me
know you didn’t read my comments in either location. LOL
I was not waiting on a response from you anyway.

To:  Curmilus Dancy
FYI—I did not read your comments in either location….dcl
Diane C. LeFiles
Community Relations Director
Edgecombe County Public Schools
412 Pearl Street or P.O. Box 7128
Tarboro, North Carolina 27886
Office 252-641-2651
Cell 252-903-0244

All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law, which may result in monitoring and disclosure to third parties, including law enforcement.
>>> "Curmilus Dancy II (Butch) Grassroots Effective Community Activist @" <> 5/18/2010 6:37 PM >>>
To: Diane LeFiles
Thank you for your timely response and glad you read my comment on The Rocky
Mount Telegram or on The DCN Blog.
I have a problem that future personal copies will not be sent out since it
is not a cost. However I understand the schedule is on the web site.
Curmilus Dancy II
—– Original Message —–
From: "Diane LeFiles" <>
To: "Curmilus Dancy" <>
Cc: "Steve Mazingo" <>
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 3:59 PM
Subject: BOE agenda
To: Curmilus Dancy
My apology to you!  In our rush to get ready for the district’s spring
community service project as part of Relay for Life on Friday-Saturday, I
completely forgot to send the BOE agenda for last night’s meeting to you.  I
am sorry for any inconvenience and have attached a copy of the agenda for
your records.
Please know that in the future, we will not be sending out personal copies,
but you will be able to view the agenda on the district web site at on the Friday before the meetings.  The meeting schedule is
posted on the web site, as well.
Thank you for your understanding.  dcl
Diane C. LeFiles
Community Relations Director
Edgecombe County Public Schools
412 Pearl Street or P.O. Box 7128
Tarboro, North Carolina 27886

All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North
Carolina Public Records Law, which may result in monitoring and disclosure
to third parties, including law enforcement.

In response to: Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education Meets Tonight But I Didn’t Receive The Agenda, I Wonder Why?

Disappearing annexation act

So what happens to a controversial bill hated by both parties and despised by all sides potentially affected?

The conjecture is it’s sort of like a magic trick – or an illusion, some would say. It just disappears. That’s what policy buffs are predicting will happen with the annexation reform bill that the N.C. House tinkered on last year. It’s now sitting in the N.C. Senate, where it’s expected to … vanish. Perhaps it’ll reappear later as a cute, cuddly bunny. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Rev. Wright: ‘Obama threw me under the bus’ – Source: Black Power

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that he is “toxic” to the Obama administration and that the president “threw me under the bus.” (Read more @ Black Power)

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright

“Wilson’s Fiber-Optic Cable Boondoggle: City Invests $28 Million in a Technology That Could Be Obsolete Before It’s Paid For”

JLF Memo

Local Government Newsletter

Dear Local Government Leader, 

Greetings from the John Locke Foundation. As the Director of Research and Local Government Studies, I will be providing you with news that I hope you will find of interest. Don’t worry, I won’t be flooding your e-mail inbox. This newsletter will be sent only two or three times a month. I would appreciate your feedback on the information presented and any ideas on how it might be more useful to you.

You can reach me at

Best wishes,

Michael Sanera

1. Cumberland County, like many North Carolina counties, faces a jail overcrowding problem.

The county commission sought solutions by calling a “Jail Summit” meeting on April 30. The commission wanted to hear from a variety of experts who would present solutions from diverse points of view.

I was happy to participate in this summit meeting. My recommendations included:

  • Follow the example of the counties that have consolidated their jails.
  • Build a new jail that is larger than needed, and lease the extra beds to neighboring counties and the federal government.
  • Reduce inmate transportation costs by increasing the use of remote video conferencing for minor court appearances.
  • Revise state law that prohibits counties from contracting with private jail providers. (State law permits private prisons in North Carolina, and currently the Department of Correction contracts out three of its prisons.)

Details about these and other money-saving ideas are in my Carolina Journal article, "Solutions to County Jail Problems."

2. The N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law reports on corporate welfare by state and local government in a weekly digest.

Check out this example from the April 26 edition:

So far, Celgard incentives total $57,850,000

$1,900,000 in local incentives has been approved for Celgard, LLC by the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. The county grants include more than $1.6 million in tax breaks and $350,000 in cash grants. The county board voted 4-1 to approve the package on April 19. Celgard has already been granted $49.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, a $1.2 million grant from the city of Concord, $4.6 million from North Carolina’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG), and $955,000 from the state’s One North Carolina Fund.

~ Karen Cimino Wilson, Independent Tribune, April 20, 2010

3. We recently graded the transparency of government jurisdictions and agencies in the state.

We report our grades on a new website: In addition to state-level agencies, this website contains the grades for counties and cities. It’s worth checking the site for the grade of your county or city.

Government Transparency Grades

Top five counties

Wake               A
Mecklenburg   A
Buncombe       B
Currituck         B
McDowell       B

Bottom five counties

Ashe          D
Avery        D
Beaufort    D
Bertie        D
Caswel      D

4. Cities should think twice before getting into the fiber cable communications business.

This Davidson News article reports that Davidson is facing a tax increase to pay a $2 million subsidy to the contractor that runs the system for Davidson and Mooresville. In order to avoid a tax increase, residents asked town officials about selling the system, defaulting on the Certificates of Participation, and better marketing to increase the subscription rate. One resident offered this analysis of the problem:

“This was something I didn’t support, but we’re there. And being a subscriber, I have to tell you, the system is not bad. And somehow that word’s gotta get out there, because the reputation is horrible.”

The service is “not bad,” and “the reputation is horrible.” No wonder the city is in trouble.

Wilson and Salisbury have also installed fiber cable, and our reports predicted similar problems. Cities should not get into the rapidly changing hi-tech business. Providing fiber cable communications is not the same as providing water and sewer.

Regional Brief: “Salisbury’s Fiber-Optic Cable System: Another corporate welfare project paid for by average taxpayers”
Regional Brief: “Wilson’s Fiber-Optic Cable Boondoggle: City Invests $28 Million in a Technology That Could Be Obsolete Before It’s Paid For”
Carolina Journal Exclusive: "Davidson, Mooresville Taxpayers Face Bailout of Municipal Broadband Service"

John Locke Foundation – Local Government Update

JLF Memo

©2010 John Locke Foundation | 200 West Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27601, (919) 828-3876

Geometry teacher who used Obama assassination to teach angles placed on leave – Source CFLG

News Updates from Citizens For Legitimate Government

18 May 2010

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Breaking: Paul wins Republican Senate nod in Ky. –GOP race pitted Tea Party-backed Rand Paul against Ky. Secretary of State 18 May 2010 Dr. Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to victory in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary Tuesday night, delivering a jolt to the GOP establishment and providing fresh evidence of widespread voter discontent in a turbulent midterm election season. Paul had 59 percent of the vote — with returns counted from 29 percent of the precincts — to 37 percent for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who had been recruited to run by the state’s dominant Republican, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Alabama geometry teacher uses assassination of President Obama to teach angles –He used the example of where to stand and aim if shooting Obama. 18 May 2010 (AL) A Jefferson County teacher picked the wrong example when he used assassinating President Barack Obama as a way to teach angles to his geometry students. Someone alerted authorities and the Corner High School math teacher was questioned by the Secret Service, but was not taken into custody or charged with any crime… "He was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president,’ " said Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class. [OMG. If the teacher was a Muslim, he’d be Miranda-less toast and on his way to Gitmo. –LRP]

Geometry teacher who used Obama assassination to teach angles placed on leave 18 May 2010 The Jefferson County teacher who used as an example the shooting of President Barack Obama while teaching lines and angles to his geometry class has been placed on paid administrative leave and faces possible termination, Superintendent Phil Hammonds said today. The teacher was questioned by Birmingham’s Secret Service office, but was released without federal charges after officials there found he wasn’t a viable threat to security.

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Racial Justice or Racial Harmony

It may be time to reconsider how Blacks are going to engage in the American political process.

In this ethnically based competitive society, Blacks are totally dependent upon their competitors to supply water, food, medicine, energy, shelter, protection and other necessities of life.

There are absolutely no incentives for whites, Asians, Arabs, Hispanics or any other so called minority or people of color to share with and provide for the well-being of Black people.

The election of Barak Obama has effectively silenced and marginalized the Black political presence in this country. For fear of creating a white backlash that would be directed toward the President, the most courageous Black voices have chosen to be silent. The Black community at large has agreed to be ignored in order to help President Obama prove that he is the president of all the people and that he has no particular affinity toward Blacks.

In the absence of a strident Black voice, the right wing becomes embolden, launching a vicious attack on all that Obama does, including calling on God or some deranged white racist to kill him. Even moderate Blacks now feel free to abandon the legitimate unresolved concerns of Black Americans. Let’s be clear, it was the Black movement for justice that was always America’s moral compass, pushing this nation toward justice for all. Without that strident Black voice, a distorted political perspective prevails. Consider this, we are told that the election of Barak Obama shows how far we have come as a nation and Blacks are expected to appreciate that fact. Keep in mind that almost half of the nations white voters did not vote for Obama.

The election of President Obama actually measures how far some whites have come and reveals that it took them until the 21st Century to get here. According to the way we voted, Blacks were ready for a Black president in 1984 when Jesse Louis Jackson was the best candidate in the race but it was whites who could not bring themselves to vote for a Black man. There were Black men qualified to be president as early on as Dr. Ralph Bunche in the 1950’s. It was whites who were not ready.

Blacks have been waiting for whites to catch up with reality for decades. It is important to understand that what distinguishes one leader from another is how each of them understands and interprets the history of their people that is why the protest leaders whose understanding of history concludes that "we" have made real progress as a nation, urge Blacks to accept minimal benefits for your political labor up to now.

Other leaders want immigration reform in return for 68% of the Latino vote, a woman Supreme Court Judge who is committed to woman’s rights, more attention given to protect the rights of Gay people, all of which they should insist on. However, in the absence of that strident Black voice, the legitimate unresolved issues still confronting Black Americans becomes obscured. If the authentic voices of Black people remain silent Blacks will always be offered inadequate responses that are emotionally gratifying but leave us without power or substance of any kind.

Blacks will be offered racial harmony in place of racial justice. It is important to understand they are not one in the same.

On Thursday, May 20th, at 7 PM, many thoughtful and concerned members of the black community will meet with Bob Law and others at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church for the first in a series of 3 forums to explore a new meaningful political course for Black Americans. A course that will make Blacks politically and economically competitive and self reliant. Join Us!

Forwarded to The DCN from Jim Clingman @