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Flood of the Century (Pinetops, Tarboro, Princeville North Carolina) – September 1999 – Featuring Former Governor Jim Hunt

Flood of the Century Fellowship Preaching and Gospel Singing at the Shelter at G.W. Carver Elementary School September 18, 1999

If You Are Scared, Say You Are Scared Rev. Al Sharpton Greensboro NC – October 11, 2005

Barack Obama Speech at North Carolina Central University November 1, 2007

Barack Obama Speech at East Carolina University Greenville NC April 14, 2008

Barack Obama at Beddingfield High School Wilson NC April 28, 2008

Michelle Obama at Rocky Mount Senior High School Rocky Mount NC 6 days before the Election October 28, 2008

Candlelight Vigil for Slain/Missing Women in Rocky Mount NC held at Dr. MLK Park Rocky Mount July 19, 2009

M.O.M.S. Charity Ride for Murdered or Missing Sisters Dr. MLK Park Rocky Mount NC July 26, 2009

Sheriff James L. Knight Edgecombe County Installed As The First Black President of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association 87th Annual Training Conference Raleigh NC July 28, 2009

beGlobal Community Day At The Community Center In Pinetops NC August 22, 2009

Hurricane Floyd 10 – Year Commemoration Sponsored By The Bynum Mill Road Community Club Dodge City Pinetops NC October 24, 2009

beGlobal Dinner For Children Of The Murdered And Missing Women December 24, 2009

Hair and Hats Fashion Show After Author and Photographer Micheal Cunningham Speaks Edgecombe Community College Tarboro NC  Sunday March 7, 2010

PROMM Parents & Relatives of Missing & Murdered Recognition Tribute To Our Daughters & Sons Church of God Of Deliverance Rocky Mount NC Sunday April 25, 2010

Martin L. King III Speaks At The Booker T. Washington Center and MLK Park Rocky Mount NC Saturday May 1, 2010

Congressman G. K. Butterfield Keynote Speaker at Civil War Re-enactment Covention Center Saturday May 8, 2010

SouthWest Edgecombe High School Athletic Banquet Alphelia and Bridget Jenkins Inducted in Hall of Fame Monday May 17 2010Short Version

Bishop Richard K. Thompson AME Zion Press Conference Supporting Rev. Dr. Willam J. Barber II President NC NAACP In School Fight Convention Center Greenville NC Friday June 18, 2010

Wilson County Sheriff Debate Calvin Woodard and John Farmer Fike High School Wilson NC Tuesday October 12, 2010 – New

[CoalitionofConcernedCitizensforAfricanAmericanChildren] Updates

Hello!  Here is today’s BOE update.

Vote will stand

After reviewing last week’s vote striking down the proposed assignment zone plan, BOE attorney Ann Majestic has determined that a second reading and vote by the BOE is not needed, because the directive did not change policy. Read more on the WakeEd blog.

Teachers not happy with BOE

A telephone survey conducted by the North Carolina Association of Educators in September found that "72 percent of teachers surveyed said they felt public schools in Wake County are on the wrong track and 81 percent had a negative or very negative general impression of the school board." NCAE president Tama Bouncer will be discussing this information and more at the Great Schools in Wake forum on Saturday. In the meantime, watch/read more on WTVD.

Superintendent search

Heidrick & Struggles, the search firm hired by the BOE to find a replacement for Superintendent Del Burns, will present a list of candidates to the Superintendent Search committee today.

Independent endorses County Commissioner candidates

The Independent cites public schools as "the paramount issue" in the race for four seats on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. However, since all the Republican candidates for these positions "refuse to address this critical issue," the publication has announced its endorsements accordingly. Btw, early voting starts today in Wake County.

Data negates Prickett’s ‘wish list’

Below are some of the data distributed to the Student Assignment Committee on Tuesday. A Great Schools in Wake colleague provides observations about how this information disputes BOE member Deborah Prickett’s claims that her district (District 7) does not have equitable access to AP classes. The logistics of making Hilburn a 6th grade center are also questioned. Note: "FRL" = "free and reduced-priced lunch."

#AP Classes at High Schools:
15  – Broughton, Cary, Enloe (magnet), Wakefield
14 – Millbrook (new magnet 10-11)
13 – Athens Dr, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale*, Leesville
12 – Apex, Green Hope, Panther Creek
11 – Garner (magnet), Sanderson, Wake Forest-Rolesville
10 – Southeast Raleigh (magnet)
9 – Middle Creek, East Wake-awaiting confirmation on #
8 – Holly Springs
1 – Heritage – new
0 – Longview Alternative High, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences (application based)
*Some AP classes at Knightdale High are offered via electronic video link to students; partnership with Green Hope High – teacher located at Green Hope High)
Leesville  – 13 AP classes – 09-10 FRL 18.4% – projected 10-11: 20.6%
Green Hope  – 12 AP classes – 09-10 FRL 6.0% – projected 10-11: 7.7%
Ms. Prickett’s list indicates that she has a different definition of "Equity" and what she considers "Inequitable." Equity vs Equal definition needs to put in black and white and distributed.
Should Hilburn be a 6th grade center? Where will the 481 students currently at Hilburn be reassigned?  of which the majority (at least 225) are poor children (do not have exact %FRL yet)…
This possible reassignment of 481 Hilburn students and the need for a possible 6th grade center (reassignment of 450 – 6th graders at LRMS) (TOTAL of 931 students-K-6) is due to the conversion of  Leesville Middle from  a year-round calendar school to  a traditional calendar school after a survey indicated parents and staff were happy with year-round calendar……..because of a political payback….
09-10 Leesville Middle – year-round calendar capacity – 1439; 09-10 total students = 1289 (room for growth)
10-11 Leesville Middle – traditional calendar capacity – 1153; 10-11 20th day students = 1344 (+191 overcapacity by 20th day) – projected to grow for the entire school year 10-11 was 1279
09-10 Leesville Elem – year-round calendar capacity – 1115; 09-10 total students = 1076 (room for growth)
10-11 Leesville Elem – traditional calendar capacity – 837; 10-11 20th day students = 904 (+23 overcapacity by 20th day) – projected to grow for the entire school year 10-11 was 881

09-10 FRL 44.7%  = 225 economically disadvantaged children; total students = 519; 10-11 projected students – 461, 10-11 20th day # students (actual) – 481, projected FRL 48.0% = 221 students, school capacity – 690 seats
If reassign students to Stough, York, will increase FRL-already at 44.9%; Leesville already overcapacity…Jeffrey’s Grove next over
Which should be a magnet?  How about if the experienced WCPSS STAFF make that decision and NOT a pay back for political contributions.
Stough 09-10 FRL 44.9%  = 240 economically disadvantaged children; total students = 535; 10-11 projected students – 510, 10-11 20th day # students (actual) – 576, projected FRL 44.0% = 225 students, school capacity – 623 seats
York – 09-10 FRL 44.9% = 171 economically disadvantaged students, total students 372; 10-11 projected total students – 417, 10-11 20th day # students (actual) – 432, projected FRL 45.6%=190 students, school capacity – 566
Which one is closer to the beltline- easily accessible for transportation county-wide for a magnet?  Which one has more economically disadvantaged students?  Which can handle the program better?
Stough is getting special programs? Would Stough admin and parents rather have a  magnet over a "program" offer? 
Think rim schools and staff experts need to be making these decisions.
District 7 – 09-10 FRL
    * Brier Creek Elementary (year-round) – 25.1%
    * Carpenter Elementary – 21.2%
    * Cedar Fork Elementary (year-round)- 11.9%
    * Green Hope Elementary – 12.4%
    * Green Hope High – 6.0%
* Hilburn Elementary – 44.7%
* Jeffreys Grove Elementary – 33.3%
* Lead Mine Elementary – 40.6%
    * Leesville Road Elementary – 20.7%
    * Leesville Road High – 18.4%
    * Leesville Road Middle – 27.9%
* Morrisville Elementary – 17.1%
* Stough Elementary – 44.9%
    * Sycamore Creek Elementary (year-round) – 12.7%
    * York Elementary – 44.9%
2010-11 FRL data has not been released yet.

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NC lists schools with top graduation rates

State ends student accountability gateways


Saturday forum

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Wake County Public Schools

Early Vote Now!!

Early Voting began today. Please go to the polls between now and November 2nd because we do not want to go backwards. Look at what happened in Wake County with their public schools system because citizens stayed home. They have a big mess. We can not afford to stay home.

The Edgecombe County democrats are encouraging all registered voters to please exercise your rights by voting in the November 2nd election. You may take advantage of one-stop voting from October 14th – October 30th.

You may vote at the polls on November 2, 2010.

Locations for early voting:

Tarboro – 201 St. Andrews Street (641-7852)

Rocky Mount – 800 North Fairview Road

If you need a ride to the polls, you may call (252) 563-5883 or (252) 563-5884.

County chairman: Mr. Allen Mitchell (252) 563-5883
"Get-Out-To-Vote" Coordinator: Mr. John Wooten (252) 563-5884

Visit and join the Edgecombe County Democratic Party on FACEBOOK.

Volunteers Needed for Early Voting! – Elaine Marshall

Subject: Volunteers Needed for Early Voting!

Early voting begins on Monday, October 18 at Independence Regional Library and Matthews Library for District 103 voters.  We need your help at these precincts to represent Ann Newman, as hundreds of local voters head to the polls. 

Will you volunteer your time at one of these polling places between October 18 – October 30?

We have a unique opportunity to reach early voters personally at these precincts…but we need your help!  If you haven’t volunteered your time for Ann Newman, your time to do so is running out!  Get involved now!

We’re also looking for volunteers to work polling places on Election Day.  How about donating one of your vacation days to represent Ann on Election Day in District 103? 

Please respond with the date, time, and location that you’re able to volunteer your time and energy for Ann Newman!  There’s just 18 days left to do so!!

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Thank you for your continued support!  We hope to see you out on the campaign trail with Ann over the next three weeks!

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Education of a President

On a busy afternoon in the West Wing late last month, President Barack Obama seemed relaxed and unhurried as he sat down in a newly reupholstered brown leather chair in the Oval Office. He had just returned from the East Room, where he signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 ­— using eight pens so he could give away as many as possible. (New York Times)