Why? A Moment in Education

Why would anyone in their right mind vote to hire a Superintendent as a contractor when the system is paying a Superintendent $145,000 a year? Something just don’t makes sense. Hell those who voted don’t make sense.

If this Superintendent needs a consultant, a mentor or whatever then why is he still employed? It appears somebody messed up when the new Superintendent was hired.

Just couldn’t get this Superintendent/Consultant thing out of my mind. So maybe it is me who ain’t in my right mind.

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Board votes to hire consultant


Press Release: NC NAACP Statement Regarding Charter Schools and Vouchers


For Immediate Release

March 6, 2011 

NC NAACP Statement Regarding Charter Schools and Vouchers

For More Information: Rev. Dr. William, J. Barber, II, 919-394-8137
                                 Atty. Al McSurely, 919-389-2905


The North Carolina NAACP opposes using tax money for private academies; whether you call them vouchers or "tax credits," they take public money and pay people to abandon public schools.  We are also against lifting the cap on the number of charter schools here.  While some charter schools perform well for some students, they are not a universal solution for building strong school systems for all our students.  Studies show that, on the whole, charter schools do not out-perform traditional public schools.  They can also weaken school systems by "skimming off" middle-class students and ignoring the strength that comes through our diversity.   People have a right to send their children to private academies but the taxpayers are under no obligation to pay for it, especially when it undermines public education.

Using tax money for private academies is not a new idea.  In fact, people who support segregated schools have advocated tax-funded private academies since 1954 when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the NAACP in the historic Brown v Board of Education case, and declared: "Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

Three months later, Gov. William Umstead set up a committee chaired by Thomas Pearsall, former N.C. House Speaker, whose mission was to circumvent the Brown decision. Gov. Umstead died suddenly, but his successor, Gov. Luther Hodges, created a smaller, all-white Pearsall Committee, which drafted plans disturbingly similar to those recently proposed by N.C. House Republicans.  The 1955 Pearsall Plan offered "tuition grants" [vouchers] to fund private academies with public money for white parents whose children might be assigned to desegregated schools.  The Pearsall scheme also empowered local school boards to bar African-American children from white schools by imposing endless bureaucratic hurdles for black parents.

Several white and black leaders and ministers challenged the legality and morality of the Pearsall Plan, but in 1956 the General Assembly adopted these segregationist schemes.  A state-wide referendum supported the segregationists by a margin of five to one, a margin expanded by voter suppression efforts in black majority sections of the state.

North Carolina conservative leaders continued to urge evasion of desegregation by using tax dollars to send children to all-white private academies. I. Beverly Lake, Sr., segregationist firebrand and father of Republican gubernatorial candidate I. Beverly Lake, Jr., urged that the state subsidize segregated private schools. Jesse Helms wrote an editorial, "There is Another Way," urging that North Carolina abandon public education and pay private academy tuition so parents could send their children to all-white schools, eventually privatizing the public schools entirely.

North Carolina never had to pay private school tuition because the Pearsall scheme helped the state successfully evade compliance with Brown for 17 years. The courts ruled the Pearsall Plan unconstitutional in 1969, but it was not until the early 1970’s that the NAACP’s persistent legal and political efforts began to allow children of every race to attend the same schools, at least in our larger cities and towns.  From a historical standpoint, our efforts to heal the scars of slavery and segregation have only just begun.

Sadly, the forces of division are now attempting to serve this sour, old wine in new bottles. Republican majority leader Paul Stam’s proposal, like the Pearsall Plan before it, seeks to divert public money to private academies, paying parents to withdraw their support from the public schools. Stam, whose "dream," he admits, is to do away with traditional public schools, currently proposes to use tax dollars for private academies. Republicans in the legislature also propose to repeal the laws against racial segregation in private schools and charter schools. School board members pushing "neighborhood schools" in Wilmington created 95 percent re-segregated schools, after which they petitioned their Republican legislators to "work to overturn" the measures in the Disadvantaged Students Supplemental Funding (DSSF) Law that allows the State Board of Education to withhold DSSF money from administrative units that practice "segregation of schools on the basis of race or socioeconomic status." North Carolina should reject all of these variations on the theme of funding private academies with public money or turning public schools into private academies, in effect, where the price of admission is the ability to pay a whopping mortgage, under the guise of "neighborhood schools."

Let us focus instead on helping all our public schools meet the higher expectations we have for all children.  We should promote: diversity in all our classrooms; equal funding for all our schools; high-quality teachers; smaller classes; first-rate facilities for every child; school leadership teams for under-performing schools; a renewed focus on math, science, reading, and history; greater parental and community support; a laser-like focus on disparities in dropout, suspension, and graduation rates; early childhood funding for poor children.

We should also press for complete funding under the Leandro v. State of North Carolina (1997) mandate that the North Carolina Constitution guarantees "every child of this state an opportunity to receive a sound, basic education in our public schools," regardless of whether that child grows up in an affluent suburb or a rural crossroads; and that each child has a constitutional right to an education that gives them the reading, writing, speaking, mathematical, and scientific skills and knowledge to "enable the student to compete on an equal basis with others in future formal education or gainful employment in contemporary society." Many of our re-segregated schools, especially in impoverished rural areas, do not meet that constitutional requirement; in fact, Republican Judge Manning has called the educational system in many of our poor counties "educational genocide."

In light of all that remains to be done, we categorically reject any privatization schemes for our public schools while we advocate a state-wide campaign for diverse, high quality, constitutional schools for all our precious children.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President,  NC NAACP, National Board Member
Ms. Carolyn Coleman, 1st Vice President, NC NAACP, National Board Member
Ms. Amina Turner, Executive Director, NC NAACP
Dr. Timothy Tyson, History Chair, NC NAACP

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Roy Ashburn ARRESTED: Anti-Gay State Sen. Got DUI After Leaving Gay Nightclub, Sources Say – Source: The Huffington Post

Early Wednesday morning, State Sen. Roy Ashburn (R-Calif.) was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving. Sources report that Ashburn — a fierce opponent of gay rights — was driving drunk after leaving a gay nightclub; when the officer stopped the state-issued vehicle, there was an unidentified man in the passenger seat of the car. (Read more)


School board considers corporal punishment repeal – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the school district’s central office in Nashville to consider the repeal a policy permitting corporal punishment in schools. (Read more)

Note: Do you think corporal punishment belongs in the school system? If so, why? C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

State bills on county commissoners’ radar – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

State legislative goals and a downtown Tarboro construction project are among items that will be discussed by Nash and Edgecombe counties’ Board of Commissioners, respectively, at their monthly meetings Monday. (Read more)

Amtrak is hiring

Please pass this information along to those within your e-address book! 
Opportunity is knocking!  Open the door!
God Bless!

April W. Morgan, MHS, LPC 

"He who upsets a thing should know how to rearrange it."  – Afrikan Proverb

Subject: Amtrak is hiring

> Great jobs for young men who aren’t in college and strong young women also! This is Obama money for "infrastructure" the jobs are located all over, paid training in Atlanta . This is an awesome opportunity, please pass this on. These jobs pay good wages.
> Training: You will attend two or three weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute in Atlanta , GA. CSX will pay for travel, lodging and meals as required by collective bargaining agreement.
> Track Worker-030702 Job Summary: Work as a member of a crew to install new railroad track, maintain existing track and right-of-way. Replace or repair track switches with specific components. Slide and align tie plates. Drill holes through rails for insertion of bolts and tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends or rails together. Correct deviations in track surface, alignment and gauge
> Cut rails to specific lengths etc.
> Pay Rate Entry Rate $19.36/hour Full Rate $21.52/hour Promotional/ Advancement Opportunities:
> Under Maintenance of Way Collective Bargaining Agreement, Track Workers may be considered for advancement
> or promotion to other positions within the Engineering Department if qualified.
> Machine Operator $23.25 – $24.81/hour
> Welder Helper $21.93/hour
> Bridge Tender $21.93/hour
> Bridge Mechanic $22.65/hour
> Foreman $22.71 – $25.53/hour
> Track Inspector $23.98 – $25.14/hour
> Qualifications: High School diploma/GED; 18 years of age or older; Valid Driver’s License
> At CSX, two of the company’s core values are People Make The Difference and Safety Is A Way of Life. We are committed
> to offering our team members the most competitive compensation and benefits package available, unlimited opportunities
> for development and growth throughout an exciting and rewarding career, and the safest work environment possible.
> CSX is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer that supports diversity in the workplace.
> Apply online to this and other positions:

Dirty children make great scientists – Source: Global Breaking News

(GB-N.com) – American scientist, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, wants parents to allow their children to get dirty: “Preventing children from touching bugs, snails and dirt limits their ability to explore their world,” Dr. Jemison believes. (Read more)

Congratulations South Central Women and Men For Representing 3-A Basketball, Going To The State

Falcons teams make state finals

FAYETTEVILLE — South Central High School sent two basketball teams to Fayetteville this week to compete in the NCSHAA 3-A Eastern Regionals.

The teams came back with two championships. (Read more)

An Absolute MUST SEE Show!!!


For years the United States has been the world’s leader. And America has the place where anyone can dream the American Dream and build a better life for themselves.

But does all that still hold true?

If America now ranks as the 5th best country in which to run a business, 23rd in infrastructure, 49th in life expectancy and so on, can we still call it #1? And if the American Dream is slipping out of people’s grasps (as we discussed in our first special "Restoring the American Dream Video"), what can we do to put America back on top in every category?

To answer that question we’re bringing you the second installment in our "Restoring the American Dream" series of specials. This one is entitled, "Getting Back to #1".

We’ve assembled a top notch group of experts and entrepreneurs to figure just how that can be done. You’ll hear from:

– Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia Professor and the man the NY Times once called "the most important economist in the world"
– Niall Ferguson, Newsweek columnist & Harvard professor who specializes in financial & economic history – Joseph Nye, Professor of International Relations at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
-Dambisa Moyo, the international economist and NY Times best selling author
– And the two men behind one of America’s recent entrepreneurial success stories, the founders of
Foursquare : Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai

Tune in on SUNDAY MARCH 6th at 8p ET & PT to find out just how America can once again become #1.

Behind the Scenes of a TV Talk Show

It was a bad bill from the start.  And, I’ve said so many time on a few different radio stations this week across NC.  Although I never mentioned the “Constitutionality” of HB 2, I did state that North Carolina, with a 3.5 Billion deficit doesn’t need to spend money on litigating this matter.  Yes, there are 26 other states…let them spend the money. (Read more)

Meet in Raleigh to stop HB 115: The NC Healthcare Insurance Giveaway Act

Meet in Raleigh to stop HB 115:

The NC Healthcare Insurance Giveaway Act

Rep. Jerry Dockham (R) has proposed an NC Health Benefit Exchange Bill (HB 115) that would basically put the Insurance fox back in charge of the Public hen-house.  Where the new national healthcare reform law requires states to set up a competitive health marketplace, Dockham’s industry-sponsored bill (HB115), would give NC Blue Cross a permanent seat on governing board; essentially restrict board membership to insurance executives; and severely limit the board’s power to insist that only high value and good quality health plans be offered.  In other words, it would permanently cement NC Blue Cross’ dominant market position and kill any true competition.

Please join us this Tuesday, March 8th at the committee meeting to help stop the Republicans from destroying NC Healthcare Reform.

TIME:               10 :00 am, Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LOCATION:    Room 544, Legislative Office Building on Jones Street — behind the Legislative Building at the corner of West Lane and North Salisbury

Directions: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/help/directions.html

Rep. Verla Insko is on this committee and I think she will start trying to offer amendments so it would be good to have supporters there.

We don’t need signs, just large numbers and politeness.

Your friendly Obama-care Advocate

Sally Goerner

NC Roots for Healthcare

Circus offers funky, freestyle fun in Raleigh – Source: News & Observer

Think of it as "hip hop under the big top."

The UniverSoul Circus is coming to town this week with shows Tuesday night through Sunday at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh.

An interactive circus with a focus on crowd participation and hip-hop music, the UniverSoul Circus has been touring the U.S. for 17 years now. What began as a showcase for black circus performers has since branched out to feature an international roster of acts.  (Read more)