More on the November Elections

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The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently blogged about the upcoming election and how to find out how our candidates for public office feel about charter schools and raising the cap on charter schools in North Carolina.  I am re-blogging below with their permission.

I have been asked if the Alliance will publish a “voter’s guide” for the election now in process. We have not and the only one I am aware of with a question about charters is the NC Family Policy Council’s. Its fourth question was “Should the General Assembly remove the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state?”

Here are the NC Senate responses and here are the NC House responses.

There was only one vote on charters during 2010. On June 17, 2010 I made a motion to Senate Bill 1201 to remove the cap on charter schools and the motion was “tabled”, meaning the motion itself would not be voted on at all. The vote for the tabling is also attached. Those voting “aye” voted to table, ending the opportunity to remove the cap. The vote was 26-20 to table.

All of you likely know the charter cap has been a partisan issue for years following the Charter School Act’s bi-partisan passage in 1996. Republicans have favored lifting the cap and Democrat leaders, who control committee bill referrals, have generally not allowed charter bills to be heard. That does not mean there are no charter supporters among the  Democrats of course.

For 2011, the Republican caucus has committed publicly to lift the cap. I have emailed the Democrat senate leader, Martin Nesbitt, for his party’s plan regarding charters.

Eddie Goodall

President, NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools


Please make informed decisions about the General Assembly candidates, as they affect charters.

The Learning Center! Charter School is non-partisan and cannot and does not endorse candidates.  However, we do encourage you to be aware of candidate positions, and more importantly, their legislative history, and by all means vote!

 

The Learning Center! Charter School’s sole intent is to provide our  school community with information about what is happening politically in  our state regarding charter school law.  We solely seek to inform.


Early voting for November election

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Early voting for the November 2, 2010 election began earlier this week.  Click HERE to find you voting site.

The Cherokee Scout is an excellent resource for finding out where our local, state and federal candidates stand on important issues . . . especially on charter schools and laws.  You can find out how potential school board members, state level candidates and federal level candidates view and plan to vote for charter schools.

It affects our kids.  Get out there and vote!

The Learning Center! Charter School’s sole intent is to provide our  school community with information about what is happening politically in  our state regarding charter school law.  We solely seek to inform.

Fieldwork at Hillcrest Orchards

Yesterday the kindergarten through the fourth grade classes visited a local apple orchard.  They got to see how apples grow and learn how a farm operates.  They also got to . . .

Milk a cow.

Feed the goats.

Shell corn.

Take a wagon ride.

And, hold a chicken.

One industrious third grader even managed to find the most humongous caterpillar I’ve ever seen.

Lucky for these students, fieldwork is an important part of our studies at TLC!

What’s on your tray?

NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK CAMPAIGN

The Learning Center! is hosting “School Lunch – What’s on Your Tray?” an interactive campaign that can inspire every type of student to get excited about healthy school lunch choices.  The campaign culminates during National School Lunch Week, October 11-15, 2010.

Promotions for the campaign include fun and colorful table displays in the dining commons and an informative email brochure for parents about the National School Lunch program.

By visiting www.WhatsOnYourTray.org,  students can take a personality quiz to reveal which of the site’s cool cartoon characters fit their personality the best.  Whether they score as a social star, busy bee, sports fanatic or just totally chilled-out, students can learn what foods are best to fuel them up, keep them healthy and get the most out of their action-packed school days.  Each character comes paired with healthy eating tips.

“School Lunch – What’s on Your Tray?” is being featured in school cafeterias nationwide this fall to emphasize all the components of well balanced school meals.  The campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and the Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP).

Serving more than 31 million children every school day, the federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced low-cost and free meals to students.  The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards.

  • Meals are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, meaning they contain no more than 30% of calories from fat, and less than 10% from saturated fat.
  • School lunches include fruits and vegetables, grains and proteins as well as milk, and they must provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and calories.
  • Meals are served in age-appropriate serving sizes meaning you get the amount of food that your body needs!

Meals served at The Learning Center! meet or exceed these standards, plus we are working toward sourcing  more of our fruits , vegetables and meats locally.  Currently all of the beef and most of the chicken served in our nutrition program is locally produced and hormone, antibiotic and synthetic chemical free.

For more information about healthy school meals, visit www.TrayTalk.org

Creatively learning geography

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How can you get a seventh or eighth grade student interested in geography?

How about mix it with something they already like?

That is exactly what Ms. Shelley and Ms. Breanne decided to do with their Creative Learning Through Geographic Exploration class.

About a week before school started back in August, each teacher was figuring out their Friday schedule.  For several years Ms. Shelley had wanted to have a bigger chunk of time for P.E. on Fridays and combine some of the grade levels in order to do cooperative learning and team building activities.  At the same time, Ms. Breanne was dreading teaching the same geography class that she had in the past because she just couldn’t get the kids to see the point of learning geography.

The two teachers put their heads together and proposed a plan that would expose the students to geography through hands-on, team building activities.

Ta-dah!  Archery and geography!

And more importantly, 100% participation.

Third grade visits the post office

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Yesterday the third graders took what they have been learning about the community in Social Studies out to the field.

They got to see first hand how the local post office operates.

Everything from entering where the trucks deliver the mail . . .

to how the post office recycles all the extra paper . . .

and seeing the big mail sorting machine in action.

I heard more than one student say “cool”  or “awesome”.  I even heard a few parents say, “Hey, I didn’t know that.”

I’d say that is what field work is all about.

Education in the US

We are lucky to have quality education available to us at The Learning Center! Charter School. Not everyone is so fortunate. Though it is not an issue in our community, it is an issue for our country. And we must join the conversation . . . and the solution.

Join the movement. Click here.

 

The Learning Center! Charter School’s sole intent is to provide our  school community with information about what is happening politically in  our state regarding charter school law.  We solely seek to inform.