For the first time ever, I have not agreed with the majority of your endorsements. While I want to comment on most of your endorsements, I will just say that I am extremely disappointed with your endorsements of Sendolo and Sears. It is clear to me that not much attention was given to looking at the background of Sendolo. As far as Sears is concerned, there seems to be a conflict of interest with his running for a school board seat.
According to Sear's web site,
"Matt Sears is an award-winning educator with a decade of experience in education with Durham County and across North Carolina. Honored as Durham Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 2008, Matt taught at Hillside and Hillside New Tech. In his current position as Director for School Services at North Carolina New Schools, Matt has continued to support great classrooms for Durham students and students in more than 20 other counties in North Carolina" SEE: http://ncnewschools.org/partners/education…
As I read the conflict of interest rules of Durham Public Schools, it seems that as the Director of North Carolina New Schools, Mr. Sears has a conflict of interest. ( See policy on the Website for DPS). I am told that Mr. Sears asked NC New School to remove him from any work in Durham County(The organization is involved in Neal) so that he could avoid any conflict of interest issues. Even though he would not be directly involved in NC New School work here in Durham, there should be some concern expression about candidacy. Additionally, there is still some question about his relation to future contracts his employer might be looking at with DPS.
If I am wrong, please enlighten me. Dot
Eddie was the impetus for many of us who became involved in efforts to improve education for the children of North Carolina. He is truly an inspiration--even today!! One day I saw Eddie walking the halls of The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State. I stopped him and learned that he has family in Virginia. That afternoon, I shared with my students the achievements of a truly great man who is modelling the values of social work!
What bothers me about the first two entries is that they criticized The Independent for its story because it is about Judge Changey, a prominent Durhamite. How do you know it is not true. So many systems botched up the job of learning the true!
My concern is that there were red flags being hoisted by many people for almost six years, and no one seemed to perform his/her duty: i.e., to either clear the Judge Chainey or to charge him with inappropriate behavior.
With the Independent article, perhaps, someone will be moved to learn the truth. If an investigation reveals that Judge Chainey's behavior was inappropriate and/or that he assaulted teenage girls, then action must be taken(his resignation is not the action that should be accepted as clearing up the situation). If the investigation reveals charges that are unfounded, then an appology should be given to Judge Chaney.
Finally if the investigation reveals Judge Chaney to be a child predator, then I blame the systems in Durham that did nothing to protect these girls discussed in the article and/or perhaps many more young women who did not come forward for this article. These systems are: the Durham Public Schools, the Durham Police Department, the Social Services Department and all of the involved lawyers, etc who protected "one of the good old boys". These systems should be made to pay for the anguish that I am sure these young women continue to suffer.
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