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Charlotte, NC


Announcements January 2011

The Forum was not scheduled to meet Jan. 4, and the Jan. 11 meeting was cancelled due to snow.


ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 18, 2011:
Sarah Stevenson announced that CMS officials have asked to present at the Jan. 25 meeting on the school budget situation.
Dr. Betty Howell Gray announced a free parent form on school reform, parent engagement, turnaround schools and federal Race to the Top funds for Saturday, march 19 at West Charlotte High School from 7:30 a.m-3 p.m.. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Host and sponsor is the Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black School Educators; another sponsor is the U.S. Department of Education. Registration due Feb. 15. Download a PDF copy of their mail-in registration form here.
Mary Klenz announced a League of Women Voters meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Park Road YWCA, 3420 Park Rd. Lunch is $15. Speaker is N.C. Rep Martha Alexander on state redistricting.
Ken Koontz suggested that school board members be asked to address the Forum why Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was used as a snow make-up day.
Richard McElrath sent in an announcement of a District 2 school board meeting tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at Silver Mount Baptist Church, 501 W. Arrowood Rd., between I-77 and Nations Ford Road. Enter Fellowship Hall at back of building. Hosted by Southwest Area Neighborhood Coalition. Details: Virginia Keogh at 704-504-8365.
Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of a UNCC School of Social work half-day workshop on Friday, Feb. 18 on "Promoting Health Adolescent Peer Relationships." The $40 registration fee goes to support a student-run social work community grant-making class. Download a flyer here.
Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of a community drive to gather emergency supplies for victims of human trafficking who are rescued in Charlotte. More information is here. For a TV14 news report on the subject, click here.


ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 25, 2011:

The slides used by CMS planner Mike Raible at Tuesday's Forum is available on the Forum website here.
Levester Flowers announced that Save Our Schools will host a "countywide reconciliation program" on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, 727 W. Trade St. Proclamations by Mayor Anthony Foxx and County Commissioners Chairman Jennifer Roberts are to be presented. Honored will be Sarah Stevenson, Rev. Vernon Herron, the late Susan Burgess, Vicki Hamilton, Bob Davis and Jesus Ministries' Maudia Melendez. "We want to try to unify this community."
Pam Grundy announced that Mecklenburg ACTS is seeking signatures on a petition favoring "a strong, stable corps of teachers at all schools," access to comparable educational opportunities by all students "regardless of neighborhood or family income," and "spreading the consequences of budget cuts fairly across the community." Download a copy of the petition here.
Blanche Penn announced that at a parent meeting in Raleigh Monday night, legislators made it clear that the legislative majority would lift the cap on charter schools. "Trust and believe, that is going to happen."
Brian Collier sent in an announcement that the CMS Investment Study Group would share its findings and recommendations with the public at an event scheduled for Monday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. at West Charlotte High School's gymnasium at 2219 Senior Dr. RSVP by e-mail to [email protected]
District 2 school board member Richard McElrath sent in an announcement of upcoming District 2 information meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Harding University High, 2001 Alleghany St., and Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at West Meck High, 7400 Tuckaseegee Rd.



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at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC
down the hill from West Charlotte High School.