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I'm sure she is also incensed by police traffic stops on her way to church.
I cannot believe that a letter about a traffic stop has generated 83 comments and counting. (Yes, one of which was mine.)
I suppose that if you are upsetting this many people you must be doing something right.
I am thankful to see that you have so few problems in your life that your biggest complaint is having to sit through a routine traffic stop in Pinehurst.
The not so dirty little secret is that the WCPSS has never based their diversity policy by looking and racial demographics. They don't say "oh this school is 78% percent white...hmm we should send more black kids there."
They base it on socio-economic status. Specifically they use the percentage of students that receive free or reduced lunch. The reason this becomes such a race issue (which it is) is because socio-economic status is directly correlated to race in urban areas.
So let's say that Debra Goldman flip-flops back to the Republican majority on the school board and they move forward with community schools. Then you will have school on the southeast side of Raleigh (predominately the "poorer" side of town) will have schools that will have 60%+ of the student population that receives free or reduced lunch. This can (and historically has) translated in to these schools receiving inadequate funding, and limiting opportunities for students. It is also hard to recruit teachers to work in these schools, knowing that they are facing an uphill battle. Which begins this vicious cycle for what will become under preforming schools.
Actually this has nothing to do with "hiding" minority students. Nor is it a matter of minority students not being smart enough. It is a matter of ensuring that each school will maintain equal funding and equal opportunities for every student.
Also, it is worth noting that test scores in 2010 actually went up (and that was under the WCPSS diversity policy).
It's very difficult for us in Moore County to compare, considering we only have 3 high schools. But in urban areas socio-economic status can determine the amount of funding and attention that a school receives. That is what makes this an issue based in equality. Trust me, the thousands of minorities students that have received the same education as their Caucasian counterparts are not ashamed of receiving an equal education.
Dr. King would also be quite distressed with the WCPSS decision to end a program that would keep education equal for all.
Or it's a calendar designed for the school sys. I do see that other federal holidays (like VETERANS' DAY) have been mentioned, but not Memorial day, and for that I do not have an explanation.
But your rational is logical. A county that homes thousands of vets and current military staff clearly doesn't give a crap about the military. Right. She said, dripping with sarcasm.
I'd like to know what calendar you are looking at, because according to this calendar published on the Moore County School's website, Memorial Day is not marked a possible inclement weather make-up day.
Also, there is no LAW against attending school on MLK day. It is a federal holiday that most school choose to observe, but it certainly isn't "illegal" for schools to be in session.
OK. As a former student of the Moore County School system let me put the brakes on this madness right now.
Today, marked the start of exams for the fall semester for the high school students. Since NC schools cannot start before August 25th, this forces the high schools to finish the semester after Christmas break.
So, today, students have missed exams that they need to complete this semester. They HAVE to finish this process before they can even try to move on to next week (and for that matter, semester).
That is why the students have class on Saturday, NOT because no one wants to "step on the toes" of anyone about MLK day. And to be honest, because of the newest cancellation of classes for tomorrow, they will probably have to make up on Monday as well, BECAUSE OF EXAMS.
The comments from this article seem to show that, unfortunately, not many people in this area have much of a problem with stepping on people's toes about anything, anyway.
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