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Announcements July 2009

ANNOUNCEMENTS from July 7, 2009:
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Kathy Ridge and Roslyn Allison-Jacobs from Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education asked that the announcements include the following links to material used in their presentation this morning to the Forum.

Their PowerPoint presentation, "Trends in Educational Achievement: An International, National and Local Comparison of Student Performance," 32 pages, 3.5 mg, may be downloaded from the MeckEd site at:

http://www.mecked.org/documents/TuesforumMeckEdDataGraphicsupdated.pdf

That PowerPoint uses a number of slides from an April 2009 report, 108 pages, 1 mg., from McKinsey & Company titled, “Detailed findings on the economic impact of the achievement gap in America's Schools.” Download it from a McKinsey site at:

http://mckinsey.com/clientservice/socialsector/detailed_achievement_gap_findings.pdf

Ridge and Allison-Jacobs also suggested another McKinsey report, a five-page PDF titled “The economic cost of the U.S. education gap.”
To read it online or download the PDF file after free registration, go to:

http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Public_Sector/Education/The_economic_cost_of_the_US_education_gap_2388

Most of the above material is also archived on the Forum website, www.tueforumclt.org.
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Joyce Waddell announced that the reorganizing Charlotte chapter of the NAACP would meet Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Sts. downtown.
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Thomas Moore announced that Kathy Ridge would repeat her presentation on achievement data next Tuesday, July 14 at 12:15 at the Rotary Club meeting at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 201 S. McDowell St. Forum participants are welcome to be Moore's guest, but they must pay for their own lunch.
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Robin Bradford announced that citizens concerned about education would meet on Monday, July 20 at 6 p.m. at C.N. Jenkins Presbyterian Church, 1421 Statesville Ave.
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Jackie Edwards Walton announced that an ad hoc group of agencies whose staffers work with middle school-aged children continues to meet. The first meeting drew representatives from 20 agencies. The group has no name yet. Its second meeting was scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 at the Carol Hoeffner Center, 610 E. 7th St.
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Lucy Bush Carter announced that she hoped everyone at the Forum would take the opportunity to visit one of the nine Freedom Schools operating this summer, to read to the children or simply to experience Harambee time, from 8:30-9:00 a.m.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

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The scribe was out of town and no announcements were recorded July 14.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from July 21, 2009:
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Next week: The Forum will meet at 8 a.m. at Johnson C. Smith University to observe the Freedom School program operating on campus. Lucy Bush Carter will provide breakfast. Parking and other details will be in Sunday evening's e-mail. The Forum returns to the West Charlotte Recreation Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4.
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Presider Sarah Stevenson invited elected officials and candidates for elected office to introduce themselves. By late in the meeting when this occurred, a number had left the room. But at one point there were four elected officials and at least eight candidates or, in one case, a candidate's representative, in the room.
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Stoney Sellars introduced his son Bryce, who announced that he was 9 and the "great grandson" of Sarah Stevenson.
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Nancy Carter urged people to participate in the city's Aug. 4 National Night Out celebration. No useful web links could be found for more information on neighborhood events.
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Jackie Edwards Walton passed on an announcement that the State Employees of NC will hold a health care reform rally on Tuesday, July 28 at 9 a.m. in front of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's office in Gastonia at 181 South Street. Those interested in attending are asked to contact LaResha Fortson at lfortson@seanc.com
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Sarah Stevenson passed on an announcement from U.S. Rep. Mel Watt about federal grants with application deadlines in August and September to finance training and other programs to prepare workers for "green" jobs. For more information, see contact info on Watt's website, http://watt.house.gov/.
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Ahmad Daniels, now in Arizona, sent in a link to "A War For Your Soul-Birmingham Version." The video carries a note that the video "was created to inspire young at-risk African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society." The URL link is http://vimeo.com/3658572
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Chris Crooks on Wednesday evening sent in an announcement that Brisbane Academy Preparatory School would hold an open house for prospective students, parents and teachers on Sunday, July 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the school, 5901 Statesville Rd .across from Ranson Middle School. Info: 704-598-5208, www.brisbaneacademy.org or baprep@bellsouth.net.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from July 28, 2009:
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NEXT Week: The Forum returns to West Charlotte Recreation Center. Speaker will be CMS Supt. Peter Gorman.
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Video and pictures from the Forum's visit Tuesday to Freedom School's Harambee! time are posted at www.tueforumclt.org.
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Gloria Rembert announced that the Black Political Caucus would host a candidate forum featuring all running for Charlotte Mayor and City Council offices, on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Streets downtown. Info: Larry Hosch, 704-619-4929.
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Valaida Fullwood sent in an announcement that a photo shoot of donors to the Giving Back Project is planned for Saturday, Aug. 1. And NGAAP, the New Generations of African American Philanthropists, is "seeking additional African Americans to provide stories for the Giving Back Project, an initiative illuminating traditions of giving through an artful coffee table book, titled 'Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists.'" Additional information is available at www.givingbackproject.org or by contacting Jenene Seymour or Valaida Fullwood.
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Pam Jefsen sent in an announcement that the University of Pennsylvania has launched a program to prepare black men in their junior year of college to enter Penn's Ph.D. program directly after graduating from undergraduate studies. Info: www.gse.upenn.edu/grad_prep.
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Michael Sexton sent in a save-the-date for Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. for the Jingle Bell Ball benefitting United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women. Info: Co-Chair Brandi Weathers, 704-633-5636 ext 103.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that next Tuesday's free Domestic Violence Lunch & Learn Program titled "How to speak with Muslim women about domestic violence" will feature Sa'idah Sharif-Sudan. The program is hosted by Mecklenburg's Women's Commission and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council. The program is Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic, 507 S. Tryon St. Validated parking is available at the On-The-Green parking garage.

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The Forum welcomes all persons to its meetings beginning at 8 a.m. most Tuesdays of the year
at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2222 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC
down the hill from West Charlotte High School.