CityFox--I agree! The actions of Pope and the gov. (I don't respect him enough to use his name---because he has lied to everyone almost every time he is in front of a microphone!)--means a lack of morals for both and this also causes many of us to look at the NC Legislature and wonder about those folks too! When our government feels that all efforts should be extended to corporations and that every regulatory department should extend "special care" to these "customers" and that they should be made happy, happy, happy. To hell with what harm polluting industries does to human health, the reduced IQ of children, the damages done to future generations, and the destruction of our ecosystem! This administration is committed to only one thing: Corporate Customers and the folks who paid their way into office. The citizens of NC can go to hell in a hand basket on an airplane for all they care!
Why in god's name would anyone buy from Rose's or any store owned by someone who hates his customers. Art Pope uses his profits to hurt women, the poor, the elderly. He supports right-wing groups that want to take away hard earned freedoms.
And, how can Pope, with his obvious political agenda, be allowed to hold a job as NCs budget director? Pope is a menace who pulls the strings of the puppet governor, McCrory. They all need to be kicked out of office in 2014 then tarred and feathered.
Pope's request is ridiculous. It's a scavenger hunt, and goes well beyond reason.
Can we make a statement about Plagiarism in our district please? The work of "Chapel Hill High School principal Sulura Jackson" is now part of a marketing blog for a anti-plagiarism product (http://en.writecheck.com/blog/2013/12/4/plagiarism-allegations-phd-student-and-principal).
They write, "When word arrives that a principal has been passing off the words of others as her own, it sets a terrible example for students and raises questions about why plagiarism is wrong, especially when someone such as the principal can do it and get away with it. It seems unfair to punish students for something that their educators are excused from."
According to the Public Schools of North Carolina web site, "Plagiarism is illegal in the state of North Carolina according to General Statute § 14-118.2."
Pope is a 1&%er piece of human excrement.
This is a joke, right? Principal plagiarizes and administration blames teachers for calling it out? It's plagiarism.
What do other schools do?
The administration in NYC got it right when they call out another principal who ended up leaving, saying, "We do not tolerate plagiarism in our schools," Walcott said in a statement. "We teach our students the importance of integrity in their work, so to have this allegation about one of our principals is very concerning." http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/principal-school-writers-rips-david-foster-wallace-grad-speech-article-1.125809#ixzz2mlHvHa2l
We have got nothing so far from the administration other than it was handled poorly by the teachers, and it's a distraction. We need a statement that addresses the accusation of plagiarism in our schools. Do we tolerate it? Apparently yes. But that's the wrong message. Be leaders. Be courageous!
When Toronto School Board member who had plagiarized wrote his resignation he writes, "I regret that I have not set a good or proper example for the many thousands of young people I've been privileged to meet and know." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-school-board-head-resigns-plagiarism-allegations-grow-1.1398446 . He seems to understand why this is so important and needs to stop.
We get an statement from the principal that this issue was a distraction. No message that plagiarism is not tolerated. She does not get it. As an educator, this is the moment when you could have made a statement and used it as a lesson for everyone. But you were sorry you got caught.
How different is this boston principal from ours: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/219865/boston-principal-who-plagiarized-forbes-column-resigns/ . A thought from the principal to the staff, that was plagiarized.
Please take this seriously. This is not a joke.
In re-reading the article and the quotes from Lynn Fox, I am disappointed that a member of the Improvement Team has only picked up the administration viewpoint which consistently doesn't recognize or doesn't care to recognize deeper issues. I would encourage Fox to dig deeper and talk with others outside of the team, and learn what is going in in the school. Her quotes suggest she believes the words of the administration, but hasn't seen what actually goes on. Her view is disconnected with what many, many others see happening.
One final point, both the superintendent and Fox feel that this was handled poorly, which misses the point (intentionally or not). Neither make a comment about plagiarism nor the myriad of examples of it written at the hand of Principal Jackson. What would have been the outcome if indeed they followed Fox's suggestion that "they should have gone to her and it would have been resolved." Principal Jackson's words want it to go away. Surrogates attack the issue, suggesting its not plagiarism, or in the ironic case Callie WILLIAMS writing about Sulura WILLIAMS Jackson's "cryptomnesia". But she apparently continues to borrow words, assuming we must not be smart enough to catch on (her thanksgiving note).
We have process problems as I wrote earlier that need to be attended to, that I'm not sure the Improvement Team can address. But it is a different issue. Let's address the plagiarism issue first and be done with it. Then we can move on.
Could it be that the comment by "steve powder" is a plant ... put here to make Ms. Jackson's critics look racist?
SOUNDS just like OBOZO...Stealing Ideas and TAKING CREDIT FOR SOMETHING SHE NEVER DID...if she was white then she would have been dismissed of forced to resign by now..being black...WELL hell thats just par for the course
There are at least two different issues here.
1. She is accused of plagiarism. Many examples seem to support the accusation. Seems pretty clear cut case to many.
1.1 If yes to plagiarism, what happens to her? What is the message to the community?
1.2 If no to plagiarism, why is it not plagiarism, and what should be the message about what plagiarism is?
2. Staff are fearful to have an open conversation with the principal about this and other issues. History of interactions with administration does not support open conversation for fear of retribution. So far the approach is to be annoyed by it. A healthy approach would be to acknowledge it and begin to put in safeguards and develop trust.
A larger question centers around the recognition over the last few weeks that these issues with Principal Jackson were problems at her prior school. What else is next for us with her?
Jackson as quoted in the article:
"I've never intentionally said these are my words, these are my thoughts."
Jackson in an email message to staff regarding the memos she is now accused of plagiarizing (sent prior to the allegations of plagiarism):
"As I reflected on how the relationships were built at my last school, I remembered that I sent them my thoughts on a weekly bases for over five years . . . I will do best to share my thoughts with you weekly so you get to know my belief, values, and thoughts about educating children at CHHS. Notes from the Principal's desk are attached, please read and reflect."
Sounds to me as if she DID say that they are her thoughts.
One suspects that Jackson cannot write clearly or easily, so she "borrows' liberally. Not exactly a great reflection of her credentials. Wonder if anyone has examined her past academic work. Could be lifted whole hog from other sources.
It is a taxpayer funded email account. Anyone in academia should understand that no email is ever confidential if on a government or employer provided system. Use the US Postal Service if you want privacy or sign up for a free gmail or hotmail account and use it for personal or political interest! Open and transparent government is granted by the First Admendment which gives free press to not just reporters but to all individuals who wish to seek public records or print their views!
We ought to draw a distinction between the procedural accountability of public institutions and the personal constitutional rights and liberties of individuals working for those public institutions. A person does not check his or her individual constitutional rights and liberties at the door in reporting to work for a state university campus or other public institution.
A measured and reasonable confidentiality of personal communications within a public institution or even an office or department of government at the federal, state or local level is not out of harmony with the principles of timely and responsible public disclosure of the ultimate decisions made and actions taken by those institutions and organizations.
A proper expression of views and opinions on public issues and public policy by those in the employ of public institutions need not be accompanied by a breach of constitutional rights pursuant to the preparation of those views and opinions for those eventual forms and forums of expression.
David Proctor McKnight
Thank you for covering the Town Meeting on November 25th. A healthy press that covers local meetings and issues in depth is vital to democracy. Please note the following few items plus my opening statement on the 25th. 1) Although it was long meeting it was neither a public hearing nor unique to Pittsboro. I have always encouraged public input and rarely if ever invoke a limit to public expression at town Board meetings. In fact the hearings on Pittsboro Place in 2007 had far more speakers, less in favor of the project and lasted longer. 2) Some members of the Town Board felt it the right time to move forward with Chatham Park and believed that the negotiated master plan revisions and agreement provided a framework that accounted for a substantial amount of the public input over the past seven months. 3) The project has been supported by the Chamber of Commerce and the Chatham County Economic Development Corp., who passed a resolution of support on 11/26.
The following is my opening statement from last Monday:
Pittsboro is poised on the brink of history. We have an opportunity to constructively engage Chatham Park and ensure that the values of our community are at the core of its DNA. I will not support a bland, beige reproduction of past development in the region. Instead, after seven years of dialogue I see the opportunity to engage the future and build a project over the next thirty years that will incorporate our values and concepts, while embracing technology such as solar farms, reuse water networks, high speed fiber, LEED building, LED lighting, smart grids, smart homes, and other technologies that will create a broad based and sustainable prosperity for the town, county and region.
It will be important that Chatham Park honor and preserve the vitality and historic nature of downtown Pittsboro as well as its culture. An idea that has been best expressed in the words of local legend Tommy Edwards when he said “around here you can throw a rock at a tree and hit an artist who will fall out of the tree onto a musician.” We are certainly blessed with the human capital that we have in Chatham County---a remarkable situation that provides us with a competitive edge.
To that end, the Town has taken steps to hear all voices and safeguards are proposed with any approvals to ensure voices will continue to be heard in the future and that Chatham Park will be an honest broker and good partner with the community.
I understand the concerns of some in the community and I ask that you continue to engage the process through the new channels that will become open and help the Town and Chatham Park create a community that is the envy of the Southeast and a project that we can mutually embrace and take pride in.
This evening we have a number of stakeholders and citizens who want to speak about the proposed project and initial rezoning and master plan revisions. I ask that you be courteous and respectful of each speaker and refrain from cheers, jeers and other outbursts for or against a speaker and/or a position.
Finally, I want to address some of the concerns that have been raised:
1. The town has been engaged and knowledgeable about Chatham Park and its potential for at least seven years. It has been a part of numerous discussions and planning sessions locally and regionally through at least four election cycles and known to the various elected officials and staff who have served on the Town Board and served the Town of Pittsboro.
2. Although to some it may seem that the process is moving too fast, to others who have slogged through the numerous meetings with various elected boards and regional agencies it has been an incremental endeavor at best.
3. The proposed changes to the master plan, the agreement between the town and the applicant, the resolution to approve the rezoning and the supporting statements by the applicant will ensure that citizen experts and stakeholders will have a vehicle to shape the project and ensure that the outcomes that are achieved will have broad based support. In short, this will be the best vehicle to address issues and shape the project.
4. Upon approval the applicant will be able to invest in building the medical center on the north side of town and will spend the next two years working with its consultants, the town and the advisory committee to address the numerous areas delineated in the master plan revisions. The agreement stipulates that the Town can refuse to accept site plans and/or stop the project cold if the aforesaid items are not addressed and accepted by the Town.
5. The Town has on file a comprehensive environmental impact statement that was submitted to DEHNR in order to obtain the permit to raise its limit to 3.3 mgd and discharge into the Haw River. Although I supported the need to get the permit I do not support the discharge point and believe that we a strategy to create more reuse water, expand our current WWTP, and cooperate with Chatham County and Sanford on a regional solution that carries up to two mgd to a discharge at the new Sanford WWTP.
6. Finally, the project and the applicant will be supporting the “Main Street” program and downtown revitalization.
In closing, I have spent my entire career as Mayor trying to improve Pittsboro and the community at-large. Whether I fought for liquor-by-drink, against “fracking”, amendment one, supported Moral Mondays or pushed hard for grants to improve our town’s quality of drinking water, waste water or park system I have always considered the most important constituency in my actions: the future.
In my travels around the state I have had the opportunity to visit with leaders and citizens in towns, cities and counties that are not as blessed as Chatham County and Pittsboro. Many of their citizens, like ours, are struggling and are in need of local investment. And they envy our current position.
We have an opportunity to shape our future and move this project from political bickering to an arena that will allow for broad based input that will reflect a wide range of values that we can collectively endorse which will ultimately result in sustainable prosperity.
I've adopted 2 goathouse cats over a two year span and they were healthy on adoption. I've visited there many, many times during and off visiting hours and have never seen what the above article describes.
The 4th Amendment of the US Constitution: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized". Why I think it's un-American....
Didn't the Nazi government often seize the papers of those that opposed them? This group "Raleigh-based Civitas Institute" now want to read the private emails, and phone records that their political opposition holds? That's un-American.
I don't have her message to paste here, but it was an unattributed Jack Kornfield quote. I was shown her message side-by-side with the following:
Her message changed the wording of the first sentence slightly to match the context and included the second sentence verbatim. There was absolutely no mention of Jack Kornfield or the fact that the words were not hers. It was signed "Principal Sulura Jackson".
Now, I know that it's not as big of a deal to copy what amounts to being a greeting card saying. However, considering what she's accused of, it appears to me as if she's thumbing her nose at the faculty and the community.
I've seen other examples from her that are much worse, but this one came AFTER she supposedly apologized.
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