Students suspended after participating in National Walkout Day – WITN

The Watch Dog response: This is quite interesting because this is the only school that I have heard of that students got suspended. I know schools have rules but I feel that in this situation the community need to come together the see what can be done so these students records will not be blemished. Go over to Tarboro 27886 and see the ignant ass racist white folk commenting about this article. I wish I had a student in the school so I could challenge the system.

TARBORO, N.C. (WITN) – Students at one Eastern Carolina high school are speaking out after they were suspended for taking part in National Walkout Day.

Sixteen students at North East Carolina Prep School in Tarboro originally walked out of class at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday as a show of support for the 17 victims in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.

Principal Phillip Lampron told the students he respected their rights to walk out, but that he had to follow school policy which says students must stay inside.

He told the group that if they immediately went back into class there would be no punishment. One student returned.

The fifteen others were given in-school suspensions. Several we spoke to today said not only were they honoring those killed in the Florida shooting, but they were also taking a stand against something that never should have happened.

“I mean it’s basically telling us that for us standing up we did the wrong thing but in reality we did the right thing because it’s showing everybody that we actually care,” said K-Aja Sheridan, a senior at the school. (Read more)

Charters post mixed grade results – Rocky Mount Telegram

Charter schools in the Twin Counties received mixed results on recent school performance grades, with North East Carolina Preparatory School showing an overall improvement and Rocky Mount Preparatory School showing an overall decline from the previous year.

North East Carolina Prep, which has posted extremely low scores during the past few years, showed improvement in almost every area since new management took over mid-stream last school year.

The school still has an F letter grade, but its performance scores moved up considerably from a 31 in 2013-14 to a 37 in 2014-15, just three points shy of a D score. Overall math scores moved from a 23 to a 27 and reading scores jumped from a 39 to a 47, bringing the subject up to a D rating. (Source: Read more)

Tarboro charter school cuts 5 teachers – 9 WNCT

TARBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Some charter school children are now with a new teacher after North East Carolina Prep let go five positions on Friday.

Executive Director Miles Brite told WNCT this move within the first month of school is from the need to consolidate.

At least one let go was a kindergarten teacher.

Brite said they had expected 80 students but only got around 60. (Source: Read more)

North East Prep confronts fiscal woes – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: Well I think it is the waiting game now, wait and see how all of this unfold. I just understand how Westberg hired all of these folks but then again, yes I can it is called you owe your friends.

TARBORO – Academic performance is not the only problem facing North East Carolina Prep School.

While the charter school has been scrambling in the wake of former executive director John Westberg’s dismissal in November to improve student achievement to meet state requirements and avoid potential sanctions, financial woes also have had to be confronted.

Speculation about North East Prep’s finances has been circulating for several months, but the full scope of the situation was not known by a majority of school officials until after Westberg’s departure.

The result has been a close examination of budgetary procedures that has included diligent efforts by outside consultants to rectify the situation and get the school on a more sound financial footing.

School officials said concerns have been identified and addressed, and North East Prep’s financial fortunes have turned a relative about-face. (Source: Read more)

Charter schools need more oversight – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: The issue with NECP is about effective leadership. Don’t even try to make it appear as if the NECP issue is a Public School issue. When the Public Schools do not meet the state mandate they will be sanctioned as well so until that time the Public Schools are not a part of this equation. The problem is the former E.D. I understand had issues when he came to Edgecombe County Public Schools and after the mess went down at SouthWest High School he went on to start the NECP with some folks whom had been seeking to start another school. However obviously they didn’t understand or didn’t give a damn about the children because how can you pay someone to lead when they have stated they have a problem with testing? When the supporters of the NECP recognize and understand that it is all about educating and testing, I repeat testing the children, then the better off they will be. But with the school not functioning well when they had a lot of more children and now since many have left, will they really be able to recover? Well time will tell but in the meantime ya’ll better understand that it is all about the children and not the ego of starting a new school for all of the wrong reasons. I repeat I ain’t about Charter Schools. However when one is allowed to open, then I expect it to serve it’s purpose by making sure they follow the state mandated requirements. I heard that this guy has gone to another county, will not name at the moment and is trying to do something else with education. I know not! I was totally shocked about the Lenoir county issue because I know of the person who was running the school there from being an advocate for education especially black children. I read in the paper last week about the money issue and that the school has shut down what a damn shame children had to move to another school after the school had begun instead of shutting it down before the school year began.

As administrators of charter schools in Edgecombe County, Kinston and other parts of the state are beginning to learn: Running a school isn’t as easy as it looks.

North East Carolina Preparatory School is in a tailspin. The Edgecombe County charter school has received notice from the state that it did not meet proficiency or growth requirements in the 2013-14 school year. The administration has changed since September, and leaders are scrambling to meet state requirements in each of the next two years. (Source: Read more)

Charter Schools

My response to my white friend whom we had just a little discussion about the North East Carolina Prep Charter School issue as they fired John Westburg former founding member and Executive Director whom didn’t think testing matter even though it is state mandated.

“I ain’t into Charter Schools but I do want them to serve their purpose because if they do not, the children will be the one that lose in the end. It is all about the children.” Curmilus Dancy II Sunday February 1, 2015

So for all of my haters, those whom call me a racist, militant and other and always trying to twist what I have to say when I say what I mean and mean what I say, “Now Run & Tell That!”

NORTH EAST PREP WORKS TO BOOST PERFORMANCE – by John Carson Tarboro Weekly

The Political Agitator response: I am still trying to figure out why everyone in the school didn’t know about the academic woes because how can you work towards improvement if you don’t know about the problem? So did the outgoing Executive Director want the school to fail or should you say that was out he showed how much he loved the school? So why did they need to hire Diane LeFiles since Taro Knight was already there?

TARBORO – North East Carolina Preparatory School is making changes in the wake of a state warning that the school is in danger of receiving a “designation of inadequate performance” for not meeting mandated state standards for student proficiency or academic growth.

A vast majority of North East Prep personnel – from the board of directors to teachers – were unaware of the academic woes until new Executive Director Miles Brite brought them to the board’s attention in December.

The result has been a scramble to implement programs and put mechanisms in place to ensure the school shows academic growth for this school year to meet state mandates and avoid potential sanctions. (Source: Read more)