NC loses RTT money–lack of charter schools to blame?

North Carolina missed out on the first round of Race to the Top stimulus funds, ranking 12th out of the final 16. The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools thinks it’s because of the state’s reluctance to lift the cap of 100 charter schools in the state. Here’s the press release sent by the Alliance:

“North Carolina’s arbitrarily low limit on the expansion of public charter schools and its lack of equitable public charter school funding data proved a “significant contributing factor” to its rejection in President Obama’s Race to the Top first phase funding.

Repeatedly stressed among the five Race to the Top reviewers was North Carolina’s low cap on public charter schools coupled with no future plans for growth. This, along with the lack of provable data demonstrating financial equity between North Carolina charter schools and traditional public schools, caused North Carolina to score significantly lower than first round winners Delaware and Tennessee.

Eddie Goodall, President of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools, stated:

“Along with the school districts across North Carolina we share the disappointment of not getting any of the half billion dollars awarded today in the “Race to the Top” funding. The second round of applications are due in June and three and a half billion more federal dollars for our nation’s schools is at stake. North Carolina has a second chance to do the right thing and raise the public charter school cap allowing for the growth of quality public charter schools.” Continue reading

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Close Independence High School to save money? Probably not.

First it was the threat to split Mint Hill into several different high schools in the redistricting for the new Rocky River High School. This time, CMS is talking about closing Independence High School and moving the students to Rocky River. WBTV is reporting there is not enough support on the Board of Education to do this. Board member Tim Morgan said tonight in an e-mail that as far as he knows, Kaye McGarry is the only one supporting the closing of Independence. North Meck was also mentioned as a school that could possibly close.

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Butler’s Burdick named to Parade All American team

Burdick also won the MVP of the 4A State Championship game two weeks ago. (Photo by RJ Morris)


Cierra Burdick just helped her team win its first state championship two weekends ago and wasnamed Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina. Today, the a 6’2 junior at Butler was named to the third team All America for Parade Magazine. Congrats, Cierra!

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Mint Hill library news: New hours announced; Manager David Sniffin is laid off

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced today that hours for all the libraries will change April 5 as a result of the budget shortfall. The Mint Hill branch hours are as follows:
Monday-Wednesday 10 am to 7 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Also, David Sniffin, Manager at the Mint Hill library for about a year, was one of the 80-82 library employees let go this week. No word on who the new manager will be.

At last night’s Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, Town Manger Brian Welch said he will be meeting with Library Director Charles Brown on April 7 to discuss the Mint Hill Library situation.

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Mint Hill Police Department collects more than 14,000 pills

The Mint Hill Police Department participated in Operation Medicine Drop last week and successfully collected more than 14,000 pills.  The police department received many positive comments and encouraging feedback from citizens of Mecklenburg County about this initiative.  Due to the outpouring of support, the Mint Hill Police Department is planning to hold medicine drop offs at least twice per year.  The next date is tentatively set for the last weekend in September at the Mint Hill Madness Festival.  Continue reading

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Myrick: Congressional staff should not be exempt from new health care regulations

Rep. Sue Myrick released this statement today about Congressional staffers who may be exempt from regulations established by the new health care bill. Myrick thinks all of Congress should have to participate in the new health care regulations, not just those outside of Washington. We put a call into Myrick’s Washington office to find which staffers specifically are exempt.

UPDATE: Taylor Stanford, a staffer for Myrick, sent a link to a story on Politco.com about this loophole in the health care bill. Continue reading

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