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By Lisa Baldwin-Censure Policy passes 4-2

Watch here: http://ustre.am/_2AJuH:1KuB

Censure policies are used to intimidate and silence critics; the threat of censure discourages questions and the democratic process. Censure proceedings can be used to impugn the reputation of board members and affect the outcome of elections.

The public spoke out against approval of a censure policy, but the Board majority approved Censure Policy 2118 anyway. Listen to the public comment: http://ustre.am/_2AIm5:1KrS

Common Core Curriculum Problems

According to experts, the new math curriculum may set our students back two years. Algebra I is now Math 1, Geometry is Math 2, and so on. According to teachers, the math is piecemeal, pulled from different courses of study. Elementary students will learn “fuzzy math”; this is why NC lawmakers instituted the “Back to Basics” law: All NC schools will teach the multiplication tables and cursive writing. Please ask your lawmakers to go beyond common core and have teachers teach to a higher, more rigorous standard.

Top Ten Professors Calling Out Common Core’s So-called College Readiness

My attendance at a Common Core Forum for state legislators was eye-opening. I heard from several of the university professors quoted in the above article.

N.C. accepted a $400 million Race to the Top grant in 2010; in exchange, former Gov. Perdue promised NC would implement the yet to be developed Common Core Standards (CCS).

Common Core has not been field tested.

Implementation of common core may cost $525 million over a 7 year period.

Only about $85 million was set aside from the Race to the Top grant to pay for implementation.

Teachers are not allowed to say anything negative about the CCS. If they do not teach the new curriculum, they could be fired.

A disturbing article about CCS:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/print-friendly/58102

Motion to Decrease Lunch Prices Tabled Until November

Watch discussion here: http://ustre.am/_2AJuH:1Kut

The federal government is forcing schools to raise lunch prices unless certain criteria are met. School districts are eligible for a waiver if they have at least 3 months operating costs in their undesignated fund balance. Because the Buncombe County Schools’ Child Nutrition Department meets this criteria, BCS is eligible for a federal waiver.

Alamance and Cabarrus Counties just reversed their decisions to raise lunch prices due to the waiver:

http://charlotte.news14.com/content/news/all_nc_news/698939/alamance-burlington-schools-decrease-lunch-price

Last June, BCS lunch prices went up an average of .10 per meal, costing parents, on average, $18 more per child. In effect, the price increase is a tax on paying parents.

http://www.buncombe.k12.nc.us/cms/lib5/NC01000308/Centricity/Domain/98/6_6_13_lunch_price_13_14.pdf

Buncombe Schools’ Child Nutrition Department Spends $88,000 on New Furniture: This purchase was part of a spend down plan last year. Because so much money had accumulated in the BCS Child Nutrition fund (must be spent on food service needs), the federal government forced the department to spend down the excess. This occurred before our new Child Nutrition Director was hired. I have been told our new Director refused to accept the new furniture for her office. She is now reviewing the finances and will make recommendations about spending in November. Watch video: http://ustre.am/_2AJuH:1Kuu

 

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