Paralyzed Player’s Home Gets Extreme Makeover–Eyewitness 9

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Colt Brake, the Rocky Mount Academy football player paralyzed in a freak accident on the field, comes back home Wednesday from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

While he’s been hospitalized, friends, neighbors, classmates and people he never met wanted to help.

He’ll be coming back to his old house, but it will have a whole new look. (Read more)

Thigpen Concedes To McCullough In NC Court Of Appeals Judge Race–Source: WITN

Incumbent Judge Cressie Thigpen has conceded to Doug McCullough in their race for a seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Thigpen congratulated McCullough for the victory after a statewide recount completed Monday showed McCullough ahead by 6,655 votes out of nearly 1.1 million cast. McCullough had led by about 6,000 votes before the recount. (Read more)

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Wake County Public Schools BOE News

Hello! Here is the weekend’s BOE news.
Federal investigators grilling WCPSS
Why did the current BOE drop the diversity policy? That’s one of the questions being asked by federal civil rights investigators, according to the N&O. More than $70 million in federal aid could be at risk, pending the investigation’s outcome.
Diverse schools, healthy neighborhoods
Steve Ford expounds on how diverse schools can foster more integrated neighborhoods in this editorial. He concludes stating, "…the fact that school quality (in Wake County) has been maintained at a fairly consistent and high level throughout the county has stabilized neighborhoods by reducing incentives to move away from markedly poor schools. Wake is economically sounder because, with diversity as a guiding principle, educational opportunities have been safeguarded for all students – setting a standard for today’s leaders to uphold."
Intent for magnet, calendar students
There seems to be some confusion regarding the deadline for magnet and calendar (year-round) applicant students to indicate whether they want to continue with their current school assignment for the 2011-12 school year. In a previous update, Jan. 10 was the indicated deadline. However, postcards received during the weekend list midnight on Mon., Dec. 20, as the deadline for indicating intent. I recommend using the Dec. 20th date. Then, apparently, you have until Jan. 10 to change your mind. Here is the link. Sorry for the confusion.
Thanks for staying engaged with WCPSS.

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