The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties has grave concerns about the ability of schools to educate all students to world-class standards. The decrease in state money allotted per pupil and the negative effects of current legislation are putting our students at a disadvantage that will impact them well into the future.
The league convened a forum that included the Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Chatham, Durham and Orange county school systems. Several recommendations emerged:
▪ Attain levels of educator pay and establish professional working conditions that make our region and state nationally competitive. Teacher and staff turnover is costly and loss of trusted teachers negatively impacts students.
▪ Increase state funding to maximize the power of technology. District budgets are suffering, negatively impacting the ability of schools to utilize technology-enhanced learning.
▪ Increase funding to schools and to agencies that provide counseling and health services to all students, allowing them to optimize their learning.
▪ Eliminate A-to-F grading of schools and, using the input from educators, create and implement meaningful accountability systems. The LWVODC believes that all schools should have the flexibility to meet the needs of their community, while being accountable to learning goals.
We urge the public to advocate for these positions, which will counteract the negative effects of current legislation. The time to act to support our schools and our children is now! In this election year, it is important to check the candidates’ record on these issues. And vote! (See the League’s complete position statement at www.LWVODC.org.)
HB2 column reax
Editor’s note: Terry McCann’s letter “HB2 is a common-sense law” generated several comments online, including:
Bert Jennings: Thank you, Terry! You speak for millions upon millions of us here in N.C. It’s time to end the restroom madness. And should N.C.’s law be reversed or should U.S. law trump it and allow anyone to use the restroom of their choice, rest assured that I will be one of the first beating their way to the ladies room, because I’ll just happen to identify as female that day.
Teri Josette Villars: Jesus loved all people. When you separate those who are different, it is not loving all people. And yes, I am transgender and yes, I live in N.C. ... btw, I have never molested anyone in a bathroom and do not take showers with children. You are severely misinformed. I bet you have never even met a transgender person, but go ahead and continue to be the minority in a state where minorities are always persecuted, i.e. Greensboro in 1960, where there were signs that disallowed some to partake at a lunch counter. Today, the signs read differently, but it is the same bigoted people.
Marti Serensits: Really? You were “uncomfortable” and consequently you want birth certificates examined before someone can pee? I am 64 years old, been all over the world and not ONCE have I worried about a transgender person in the bathroom. Please find an example of an assault by a transgender person on another person in the bathroom – one example! Good luck.
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