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Jim, you are such a jewel. Thank you for another outstanding article. I try to never miss your
Great job! Very entertainng.
Is that all you got from the entire news article, Newton? Really!
I commend Mr. County and the entire staff at Pinecrest for trying to address this important
issue and challenge the business community to step up and help.
The very best wishes for a successful business to two great guys, Pat and Ken. My family
will do it's best to keep your business growing! LOL Sue Black
Thank you Andrew. There is hope for the next generation with such thoughtful understanding.
Moore County was fortunate to have the services of Dr. Purser. Her graceful leadership style helped build confidence in our public school system. While there are many other fine leaders she will be missed and, hopefully, appreciated. I know it was an honor and a privledge to serve on the board while she was Superintendent. Thank you Dr. Purser.
Mr. Ericson, I commend you for an excellent article. I agree with every word.
Former School Board member
@CSmithson,...", but this year our County system overall finished near the back of the pack (96th out of 115 school systems- see link below) in meeting their performance targets."
Chris, I'm wondering about how you came to this assumption. Can't quite figure out your take on the data given. Can I assume you realize that the school systems are of different sizes, different diversity, and what the numbers might really be saying about each system? I know you care very deeply about our school system and I wouldn't want you to have the wrong impression about MCS' performance and the areas needing improvement. Sue Black
As a long time elected member of a public school board I am empathetic to the problems at STARS. Unlike many of my constituents on other public school boards, I am not hostile to the Charter School movement. I do find it hard to give up much needed funds for our public schools to Charters but I see the solution to that being more adequate funding from the legislature for both. I respect the parents and staff who wish to provide something different for their students. It's no small task providing an education to children. I feel that all the children deserve the best education we can provide and we're all in this together. I would like to volunteer some of my time to helping the board if they wish to focus on their roles as members and the relationship that should exist between the board and the administration to make it work smoothly. You may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org Sue Black, Member, Moore County School Board
I can't tell you how glad I am to see people interested in public education in Moore County. It is important to understand the AYP and No Child Left Behind tests though. Let me give you one example of how schools don't make AYP. In our high schools we have an Occupational Course of Study for our disabled students. North Carolina has a standardized test for these students - which they all take but the NCLB does not recognize it. Therefore each year the schools are penalized because these kids are not counted as being tested. Testing issues are complicated and I would invite anyone interested to come listen to Dr Purser and her staff explain them to the Board. Please don't ever become disinterested in public education but do become knowledgable about the complexities. Public education is the most important endeavor a democracy provides for it's citizens - imho. Sue Black, Moore County Board of Education member
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