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Re: “And now for something completely different: Good news about a charter school

I agree (!) with you, ProudlyU. I'd say the larger issue is poverty in this country … and the high correlation between rates of poverty and achievement rates for kids in all of our schools, traditional or charter.

The correlation was underscored when the A-to-F grades came out for N.C. schools a couple of weeks ago: Almost every "A" or "B" was for a school with few low-income kids. Almost every "F" went to a school where a majority of the kids are low-income.

N.C. is 46th in teacher pay and 48th in per-pupil spending for all public schools. These numbers keep getting lower as Republican budgets proceed. Latest example: Gov. McCrory's budget proposal, which leaves K-12 funding essentially flat. I agree with N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) President Rodney Ellis's response:

“Just one month ago, it was reported that schools that had received a grade of F had more than 50 percent of students facing poverty. There is no plan in this budget to help those students and schools. All of our students, regardless of zip code, deserve the tools and time to learn.

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 03/06/2015 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Advocating for the wrongfully convicted

It's a miracle that the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence was created, another miracle that it has survived the ongoing wave of legislative vandalism.... Thank you, Christine Mumma....A case that may not be on her list but deserves to be:
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/09/27/duke-law-clinic-review-conviction/16364569/

Posted by Lew Powell on 03/06/2015 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Odes to the Triangle

I voluntarily chose the triangle as my home 14 years ago and never looked back. It has welcomed me with open arms and shows me everyday that this is the place to be.

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Posted by aburtch on 03/06/2015 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Hillsborough Street student housing off the table; ‘Publix’ site public hearing delayed again

Based on the update to this story, the outstanding question would now be whether or not it is legal or at minimum proper for the Planning Commission to consider and make a recommendation on a zoning case with conditions that have not been signed by any of the land owners who are requesting the rezoning.
What is going on here? What kind of legal "technicality" are the rezoning applicants playing with here? Why is there no transparency with the events surrounding this rezoning case?

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Posted by FONCitizen on 03/06/2015 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Odes to the Triangle

I grew-up near Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there until my 30s.

I moved to the Triangle in 2008 and Durham specifically in 2009.

By 2010 I could honestly say, "this is more 'home' to me than Scranton ever was." I still feel that way.

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Posted by AgentDani on 03/06/2015 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Bad news for minority- and women-owned businesses: Durham City Council

... aren't city contracts granted based on a bidding process?

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Posted by wideNCawake on 03/05/2015 at 10:20 AM

Re: “How a local social media trend dug deep into the state's musical past

Not sure how long they resided in the Triangle, but Bitch Magnet has to be on the list. Picasso Trigger also. And Ticonderoga.

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Posted by Vincent Whitehurst on 03/04/2015 at 10:48 PM

Re: “How a local social media trend dug deep into the state's musical past

no way dude, that's my retirement plan

Posted by Jeb Bishop on 03/04/2015 at 9:45 PM

Re: “How a local social media trend dug deep into the state's musical past

On Discogs, Jeb! Time to sell your copy!

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Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 03/04/2015 at 9:43 PM

Re: “How a local social media trend dug deep into the state's musical past

Nearly $500? really?

Walsby's list of bands he was/is in looks pretty much just as good as his 'real' list.

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Posted by Jeb Bishop on 03/04/2015 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Rock, Paper, Scissors Showdown

This is a great time...so excited that an oyster roast will top it off this year!

Posted by Colleen Foley Davis on 03/04/2015 at 8:07 PM

Re: “After 20 years, Brad Wynn of Big Boss still looks ahead

I love Big Boss, including the tasting room. There's only one thing I don't like, which interestingly is captured in the background of Brad's picture: the WWII replica fighter plane siding with swastikas lined up on it. I know, I know--it represents German planes shot down. But still, I find the use of the swastika in the decoration in poor taste. Would anything really be lost in the look and feel of that replica piece if they weren't there? Jeez!

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Posted by WowNoWay on 03/04/2015 at 5:00 PM

Re: “A skeptical "secret singer" attends PopUp Chorus, the local vocal sensation

I'm glad the article touched on Seamus' humor. I love to sing, but he is an attraction all by himself.

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Posted by deBeard on 03/04/2015 at 12:18 PM

Re: “How a local social media trend dug deep into the state's musical past

This was so much fun to take part in and as Grayson notes, the most rewarding part was the education I received in North Carolina music history from reading other folks' entries.

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Posted by Jonathan Lee on 03/04/2015 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Hillsborough Street student housing off the table; ‘Publix’ site public hearing delayed again

Jane, thanks for reporting on these cases. As regards the planning commission chair's statement, it's unfortunate that once again he misrepresents the Falls community's opposition to Z-1-14. Mr. Schuster had two public opportunities to question the community, Oct. 7 last year, and Feb. 10, when the case came before the Planning Commission. He chose not to. Instead, he asserted opinions that have been shown to be wrong. He's done this in public forums where no one could respond to correct the record.

First, he said the community was opposed to retail of any type. 100 percent untrue, see the email Dr. Cox sent to Mack Paul and Mayor McFarlane.

Yesterday, he labled the community NIMBY and said we "oppose" the Comprehensive Plan. Another incorrect statement. We favor the Comprehensive Plan, and its commitment to protect neighborhoods. We believe the Planning Department and Mr. Schuster's commission failed to enforce the Comprehensive Plan, and disregarded the voice of the community as well.

It's unfortunate that a city leader misstates the facts. Worse still when he had multiple opportunities to speak directly with the people who stand to be harmed by his actions.

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Posted by George Farthing on 03/04/2015 at 11:09 AM

Re: “UNC Board of Governors may have violated law

ProudlyUnaffliliated @ 3/4/15, 10:27AM, gives us:

"Suggestion: we all live in the civil society. Let's keep it this way."

So, you're also an expert on civility?

From reading your posts I am both skeptical and not surprised.

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Posted by VirgilCane on 03/04/2015 at 10:50 AM

Re: “In Arthur Miller's update of Ibsen, a whistleblower's righteous zeal also accounts for his flaws

I found it an excellent production and enjoyed what Mr Quaintance brought to the table, including the quirky strobe and slo-mo gestures that evoked the McCarthy hearings, and the unexpected hurling of polluted water in the faces of the Stockmans. But like you I suddenly realized that the play has the shape of tragedy after all--that the hero for all his greatness is terminally arrogant and goes far to bring on his own fall. I suppose the problem is endemic to all whistleblowers. What shall history do with Snowden?

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Posted by Paul Baerman on 03/04/2015 at 10:50 AM

Re: “And now for something completely different: Good news about a charter school

Everyone should watch Guggenheim's, "Waiting for Superman." It strongly advocates charter schools. Part of the message is that the traditional public schools have failed so many children that something needed to be done and it highlights the charter movement has part of that process.

OK, people need to do the best they can to educate their kids given the constraints they have. And if charter for now is as good as it gets for their kids, who can say that is wrong? I can't.

But there is a far, far bigger issue here than charter vs. traditional schools.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 03/04/2015 at 10:36 AM

Re: “UNC Board of Governors may have violated law

What the leftist leadership wants to do is disrupt a lawfully convened meeting and then when the meeting participants take reasonable action to deal with it, take them to court to try to stop them there.

What is so sickening is that the left wraps itself in platitudes such a "democracy" and "the people" but they are merely a small minority of thugs.

Suggestion: we all live in the civil society. Let's keep it this way.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 03/04/2015 at 10:27 AM

Re: “A skeptical "secret singer" attends PopUp Chorus, the local vocal sensation

I have been going to pop up chorus sense last June. I love it so much. It's become a Monday staple. We missed 2 Mondays one because of a power outage and one because of snow. I felt lost! Well except for the night of the power outage. A few of us had arrived and we're sitting around a table in parts and labor at Motorco. Dave pulled out his guitar and we pulled out our cell phones and we sang a few songs. A mini pop up. That is what makes it special the sense of community. Also for that hour and a half or so on Monday you can just be yourself and relax. Enjoy the company of other people that really want to be there. Then you leave totally energized for the coming week! Ok I also admit it's pretty cool to see yourself on you tube!

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Posted by Gerald Rubin on 03/04/2015 at 8:57 AM

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