Student assignment plan will move forward on schedule – WRAL

Cary, N.C. — Despite lingering concerns, the Wake County student assignment plan will move forward on schedule without any changes.

Board of Education members spent several hours at a work session Tuesday talking with school system staff about a number of concerns brought up last week about the new choice-model plan. (More)

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Parents Upset After Georgia Elementary School Uses Slavery Examples In Math Worksheet

Parents in Norcross, Georgia blasted school officials at Beaver Ridge Elementary School after teachers gave third graders a math worksheet that used examples of slavery in word problems. Following the uproar, district officials said the school’s principal will work with teachers to come up with more appropriate lessons, but that didn’t go far enough for parents who called for an apology and diversity training for teachers at Beaver Ridge, where a majority of the students are minorities. (More)

NC NAACP Calls for Restitution for Victims of Sterilization in North Carolina

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NC NAACP Statement on Restitution for the Victims of the North Carolina Eugenics Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2012

For More Information:        Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                           Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

                                           Atty. Jennifer Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700

(DURHAM) – Today the Governor’s Eugenics Compensation Task Force will have its final meeting before submitting their official recommendations to the Governor. The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP through the Women in the NAACP (WIN) would like to express our support for the NC Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, Eugenics Task Force and victims of the North Carolina Eugenics Board. We continue to see promise in the recent activities by the Task Force addressing this ugly chapter in North Carolina’s history which resulted in the forcible sterilization of many of our citizens, many of whom were poor and minority.

The NC NAACP with our 120+ HKonJ partners addressed the issue of wrongful sterilization with the adoption of the coalition’s 14-point agenda in 2007. Since that time, obtaining compensation for the victims of the forcible sterilization program has been a mainstay of our agenda.

Ten years have passed since the state offered a formal apology to victims of the involuntary sterilizations in 2001. Time is precious for the surviving victims and we need to move forward to assist these individuals. We ask that the task force and our state leaders quickly move forward in authorizing compensation to individual victims as soon as possible.

While we understand a figure for compensation has been proposed, we ask that the victims be compensated at the highest amount that our moral conscience and justice demands. These victims have suffered for years, in some cases enduring immense physical and psychological distress. You heard many of the heart-breaking stories during the testimony last summer by several of the victims who were brave and strong enough to share their hurt in a public forum. The time has come for the state to right this horrible wrong and fulfill its promise to these citizens who have suffered long enough.

We call on the leadership of this North Carolina to support the payment of restitution for the sterilization victims and move the compensation process forward so that restitution is made to victims this year.

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

 
 
 
 

NC NAACP Endorses Delaying Changes to Wake County Student Assignment Policy

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NAACP Endorses Delaying Change to Student Assignment Plan While Numerous Unanswered Questions Linger 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2012

For More Information:       Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

                                           Mrs. Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

                                          Atty. Jennifer Marsh, Legal Redress Coordinator, 919-682-4700

Open Letter to Wake County Board of Education  and Superintendent Anthony Tata

The North Carolina NAACP supports Great Schools in Wake Coalition (GSIW) in calling for a delay in the implementation of the new Wake County student assignment plan. The January 3, 2012 work session of the school board made it clear that there remains a long list of unanswered questions regarding the new assignment plan. We believe it is in the best interest of all children of Wake County to delay implementation of the plan until the questions are answered in order to ensure that Wake County adopts the best student assignment plan possible.

NAACP leaders met with Superintendent Tata and his staff last July. During that meeting we posed many questions to the Superintendent and to date have not had a response from him or his team regarding their answers. GSIW posed additional questions that are also still unanswered. Questions and concerns we posed last summer include:

1. The percentage goals of low-performing, poor and minority students in each school have not been clarified. Any effort to avoid high-poverty, racially-identifiable or low-performing schools requires this data.

2. The numbers of seats available for families who choose to send their students to magnet and so-called "achievement choice" schools is not clear.

3. No plans have been announced to address the issue of access to "achievement choice" schools for families without the necessary resources to wade through the online process to make informed choices for their children’s school assignment. Without the necessary assistance, these families will not have equal opportunities to benefit from any student assignment plan.

4. There is still no urban school district operating a so-called "choice" plan that has maintained greater success than the pioneering socioeconomic diversity plan that made Wake County a national model for student achievement. While there was room to improve the socioeconomic diversity plan, especially in adhering to its goals of no high-poverty schools, the strengths of that plan should not simply be pushed aside.

5. There is still no data to show how the current recommended plan would decrease or increase the number of high-poverty, racially-identifiable or low performance schools in Wake County.

6. There is still no analysis that shows that the partial plans presented thus far are empirically better than the socio-economic diversity assignment plan.

7. The high-poverty schools that came to be under the old plan were not a result of the plan itself but rather a result of unprecedented growth in numbers of students in Wake County and flagging determination to meet the standards of the plan. No plan is stronger than our will to measure up to its goals.

8. Considering that the leadership of the previous board, which adopted this plan, was committed to a pure so-called "neighborhood schools" approach, we need to make sure that any plan Wake County adopts will balance the factors of diversity, stability and student performance. Even Michael Alves, who advised the Superintendent and his team, indicated that these factors need to be embraced to ensure the success of the plan.

We continue to support a research-based approach to student assignment.  Research continues to show that socio-economic diversity and adequate resources foster student achievement and that high-poverty, racially-identifiable schools present strong obstacles to student achievement. There is hardly any argument among scholars as to whether or not diversity and resources are two critical elements for student achievement in public schools.  Across the country, re-segregated schools undermine all efforts to lift student achievement for all children. Any plan we adopt must be clear in avoiding re-segregation, whether accidental, incidental or intentional.  We are not questioning anyone’s intent but insisting that we pursue a research-based commitment the best schools for all children.

We encourage the school board to proceed in implementing a new student assignment plan only once they have the data and a clear program to ensure they are making the very best decision. We believe thoughtful people who put all our children first and who want high-quality, constitutional, well-funded, diverse education for every child — as opposed to those driven by ideological agendas and partisan politics — can always find common ground.

Our commitments are grounded in the best interests of all our children, the strongest scholarly research, the lessons of history, and a clear understanding of the state and federal constitutions.   From the outset, the NAACP has noted eight fundamental principles that should guide a sincere commitment to strong public schools:

    1. Stop the trend toward re-segregation and promote school and classroom diversity.

2. Provide equity in funding for all schools.

3. Provide high-quality teachers and smaller classes.

4. Provide strong leadership and high-quality teams.

5. Provide first-rate facilities.

6. Focus on math, science, reading and history.

7. Support parental and community involvement.

8. Address unjust and disproportionate suspensions, reduce dropout rate and increase

graduation rates among African-American, Latino/Hispanic and low-income students.

All educational decisions must be guided by sound educational research, which continually proves that diversity and resources are key components to student achievement; by the standards of constitutional law, which guarantee every child equal access to a sound, basic education; and by our history, which reminds us we must go forward and not backwards.

In the spirit of truth and justice,

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, NC NAACP President

Dr. Timothy Tyson, NC NAACP Education Chair

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

 
 
 
 

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Tarboro native leading STEM research at USF – The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The University of South Florida (USF) received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of nearly $1.2 million to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) research in the Tampa Bay area led by Tarboro native Will Tyson, Assistant Professor of the Sociology Department at USF. (More)

Burns writes book, has much to say–The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Dr. Del Burns, Interim Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools and former Superintendent of Wake County Public Schools, spoke to the Rotary Club of Tarboro recently regarding his views on the importance of public education in the preserving the future of the country and its core values. (More)

Note: I have been following Dr. Burns since he was Superintendent of Wake County Public Schools. I believe he was doing a fine job until he decided to leave after the former Wake County School Board became Republican. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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PRESS RELEASE: Butterfield Names New Chief of Staff, Troy G. Clair

clip_image002U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


For Release:  Immediate

Date:  January 10, 2012

Contact: Kezmiché "Kim" Atterbury
Phone: (202) 225.3101

Mobile: (202) 465.5125


Butterfield Names New Chief of Staff, Troy G. Clair

WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today announced Troy G. Clair as its new Chief of Staff.  Clair succeeds Tonya Williams who accepted a position as Director of Legislative Affairs in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden.

“I am pleased to add Troy as the newest member of my staff,” said Butterfield.  “Troy brings a blend of government, political, and non-profit experience that will prove beneficial to seamlessly integrating and enhancing my outstanding team.  I am confident he will excel in helping to serve the needs of North Carolina’s First Congressional District.”

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Troy has held a number of notable positions including Regional Field Organizer for John Kerry for President, Program Coordinator for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Director of Training for Twenty-First Century Democrats.  Troy most recently served as an Obama Administration appointee in the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he advised the Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability.  Prior to joining Treasury, Troy served as Special Assistant and Deputy Director of External Relations to Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05).

Troy is a graduate of Duke University.  He begins as Chief of Staff this week.

http://www.Butterfield.House.Gov

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