As Obama Touts Common Core, The State Standards Spread Slowly Across U.S.: Study–HuffPost

Amy Bednarz, an English as a second language teacher in a Massachusetts elementary school, is confused. She doesn’t know exactly what to teach.

For years, she’d been told that the state standardized tests were a make-or-break aspect of her teaching and should drive her instruction. Then came the professional development meetings this summer where she was told to teach the Common Core State Standards, a new set of academic benchmarks now being adopted by the majority of U.S. states. She got a worksheet, a binder and little guidance. (More)

AdvancEd raises Wake schools’ accreditation status today – News & Observer

RALEIGH — AdvancEd, the national accreditation body that told Wake schools to improve its governance and overall climate last year or potentially lose its high schools’ accreditation, has improved the system’s rating from a warning to a higher level called "accreditation on advisement."

The Georgia-based body investigated the Wake schools’ system of governing based on a complaint from the state NAACP. Many of the complaints arose from a tumultuous period in 2010 in which a newly elected, Republican-backed board faced controversy over the way it handled meetings and changed policies. (More)

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NC NAACP Statement on Governor Perdue’s Decision Not to Run for Re-Election

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2012

 

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

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

 

(DURHAM) – Gov. Beverly Perdue is a stalwart friend of justice.  With her strong voice and her steady veto-pen, she has stood on the side of justice against the frontal assault against minorities’ rights by the ultra conservatives in the General Assembly.  She has taken seriously her oath to uphold the Constitution, which requires those in government to govern for the good of the whole, to protect and strengthen public education, to create economic vitality, to protect civil rights, to ensure equal protection and racial justice under the law.

 

Gov. Perdue has remained true to her love of all our children and their fullest development.  When she had to choose between what was good for North Carolina children and all of its citizens, and what was good for her own career, she took the road of principle.  This is how history will record of the legacy of the first of many women governors we will have.  The civil rights community prays she will remain strong in the remaining days in office, and that she will continue to fight for the good of the whole . . .for the good of all North Carolinians.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Butterfield Announces $2.8 Million in Grants to Upgrade District Airports

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Date:  January 26, 2012

 

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

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Butterfield Announces $2.8 Million in Grants to Upgrade District Airports

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarding of $2.8 million in grants to seven airports throughout eastern North Carolina.  The grants were awarded to make several critical upgrades to Martin County Airport, Northeastern Regional Airport, Tarboro-Edgecombe Airport, Tri-County Airport, and Warren Field.  In addition, the grant funds will be used to remove runway obstruction at Oxford-Henderson Airport and to expand the runway at Plymouth Municipal Airport. 

 

“This grant comes at a time when shovel-ready jobs are needed to put people back to work,” Butterfield said.  “These funds will improve the accessibility, safety, and service for aviation passengers in eastern North Carolina.  I congratulate the grant recipients for their vision to upgrade these airports and I am pleased that NCDOT has shown commitment to improving air travel in rural communities.”  

 

The grants are made possible by the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) administered by the FAA.  AIP grants are provided directly to NCDOT by the FAA, where they are subsequently assigned to high-priority projects and matched with state and local funds.  Congressman Butterfield voted for the AIP in November of 2011.

 

Yesterday, Butterfield supported a short-term extension to authorize funding for the FAA through February 17, 2012.  The extension provides time for the House and Senate to reconcile two different bills passed by each chamber last year. 

 

“Congress must not hesitate to pass a clean, fully funded, long-term extension of FAA programs, which will create jobs, increase safety, and improve infrastructure at rural airports like those in eastern North Carolina.”

 

 

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Media Advisory: National NAACP President Travels to NC to Stand With NC NAACP and the HKonJ People’s Assembly Coalition

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2012

 

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

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

 

National NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous Travels to North Carolina to Stand with North Carolina NAACP and Coalition in Promoting Mass Mobilization for February 11 March on Raleigh

 

(DURHAM) – National NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous is traveling to North Carolina on Saturday to stand with North Carolina NAACP President and National Board Member Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, local NAACP branch presidents and partners in the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition as they announce and discuss the rationale for the 6th HKonJ People’s Assembly in February. They will hold a news conference at NC Mutual Life building, 411 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701 on Saturday, January 28 at 9:00 AM.

 

The themes for this year are "Forward Together, Not One Step Back!" "We Must Stand for Freedom and Defend Democracy" "We Will Not be Defeated or Divided" "We Shall Pursue Liberty and Justice for All" "We the People Shall Not be Moved"

 

"The nation is watching North Carolina as a crucial state where voting rights and economic justice are under attack," stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "On February 11th, people of all colors will come together to challenge persistent poverty, unequal education and voter suppression in North Carolina. We will show the nation that America is at its best when we struggle together for inclusiveness, diversity and opportunity."

 

Voting rights, equitable education for all, combating poverty, jobs and economic justice, the Racial Justice Act, protecting constitutional rights, equal protection under the law and the widespread unjust treatment of immigrants will shape this year’s People’s Assembly.

 

"This year’s People’s Assembly and our March on Jones Street are more important than ever," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber. "If you believe in voting rights, fighting poverty, funding high quality education for every child and moving North Carolina forwards and not backward, you should march with us on February 11. We must keep an eye on Jones Street, where we have seen ultra conservative extremists in the General Assembly put forward some of the most regressive public policy agendas ever."

 

Barber continued, "This rally is about mass mobilization for February 11, mass organization after February 11, and mass civic participation. We must stand for a progressive agenda that promotes the "good of the whole" rather than an agenda based on the whims and narrow ideology of a few."

 

The Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly Coalition is considered to be one of the nation’s broadest and diverse anti-racist, anti-poverty and anti-war coalition movements in the nation. For over fiver years, the Coalition has fought for a 14-point Progressive Legislative Agenda in the NC General Assembly (attached).

 

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Charlotte Mayor Anthoy Foxx considers run for N.C. governor – Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has opened the door to a possible run for governor, hours after Gov. Bev Perdue, a fellow Democrat, announced she wouldn’t run.

"I remain focused on Charlotte and the substantial work ahead," Foxx said in a statement this afternoon. "I will spend the coming weeks talking with my family and friends about how I could best serve our city and state, and I ask the public and media for some patience as I work through those conversations." (More)