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Municipal Election Filing Nears: Potential Candidates for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education

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As Travis notes in his post on the upcoming election for Chapel Hill Town Council, the filing period to run for the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Board of Education also begins on July 5th.

Three incumbents are up for re-election: James Barrett, Michelle Brownstein, and Greg McElveen

James Barrett was elected to a two-year seat in 2011. He intends to run for re-election.

School redistricting wrap-up

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school reassignment mapLast month the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board decided on the new school districts that will go into effect as we open our eleventh elementary school this fall. I was always aware that these school reassignment discussions were contentious, but now that my son will be starting kindergarten in 2014, I'm trying to learn a lot more about how our coveted educational sausage is made. Since my neighborhood was assigned to the walk zone of the brand-new Northside Elementary, I was able to wade deeper into the mucky reassignment debate without having much personal investment in the outcome.

I think the board did the right thing in choosing the plan that did the best job of distributing racial and economic diversity. But the process is inherently impossible. There is simply no way to put everyone in the school they want without inconveniencing someone else. In this post I attempt to briefly summarize how the whole 2012-2013 redistricting went down.

Civil rights advocates call for diversity in school reassignment

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Mark Dorosin - who is the managing director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights, a father of three, and a recently sworn-in in Orange County Commissioner - has written a letter to the Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board about the current school reassignment discussion. I couldn't agree with him more about the thinly veiled racism in the sudden clamor for "community schools." A term which is still fully tainted by the Republican takeover of the Wake County School Board, and rings hollow in suburban Chapel Hill where almost no schools are realistically walkable.

“Unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will learn to live together.”  Thurgood Marshall

Dear Chairperson Brownstein and Members of the Board of Education:

As you begin to discuss the various redistricting options, I urge you to make racial and socio-economic diversity the highest priority in the redistricting criteria under consideration.  As the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board, like its peers across the state, continues to work to improve student achievement and close the gap between white and minority students’ test scores, it is critical that every available resource be utilized.  These resources include, in addition to technology, books and high quality teachers, students and families. Extensive social science research demonstrates that students learn from their peers, and that racial and socio-economic diversity among students enhances that learning.   All students, regardless of their individual socio-economic status or race, achieve at higher levels in socio-economically diverse schools.

Frustrating week

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So far this week, my e-mail to the school board was trapped in their spam filter (and not discovered until after they voted on the subject of the e-mail), and then I went to a public hearing at which the county commissioners did not in fact accept public comment. Not a great week for civic engagement.

Filling vacancies: school board, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro

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Up til 1955 the CH Town Council filled vacancies on the school board, then it went to elections to fill vacancies, but the local acts were unclear how to deal with this. The general law just said refer to the local act. In 1973 there was a 2 year vacancy and the Board of Elections put it on the ballot as a separate election. The powers that be did not like this, and the school board asked the legislature to change this so the low vote-getting winner got a shorter term. The legislature did this in 1974, then did it again in in 1975.

CHCCS School Board candidate orientation session

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CHCCS will hold a Board Candidate Orientation on Thursday, July 28, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Superintendent's Conference Room of Lincoln Center.  Lunch will be provided during the meeting.  The orientation will seek to familiarize candidates with rules and regulations related to campaigning, the roles and responsibilities of Board of Education Members, current issues in the district and ways of accessing background information about the district.  Candidates interested in attending this orientation should contact Assistant to the Superintendent for Community Relations Stephanie Knott at sknott@chccs.k12.nc.us or (919) 967-8211, ext. 28227. 

Date: 

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Superintendent's Conference Room, Lincoln Center

OCS Special Education PTA school board candidate forum

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Candidates for Orange County Schools Board of Education will debate issues Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at Hillsborough Elementary School in a forum sponsored by the Special Education PTA. All are welcome. The event will be moderated by News of Orange County education reporter Vanessa C. Shortley.

Date: 

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 2:00pm

Location: 

Hillsborough Elementary School

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