Daniela Ocampo

Study Shows Funding Gap Between Highest and Lowest Wealth Counties Above $2,000 Per Student

A new study released by the Public School Forum of North Carolina shows the funding gap in public schools between wealthier and poorer counties continues to grow. Public School Forum president and executive director Keith Poston said the forum has been involved in analyzing and studying school finance issues for more than 20 years. The Local Schools Finance Study “looks at each county and sees how much they are spending in that county if you separate it from what the federal government provides, mostly through Title I, and also what the state of North Carolina provides,” Poston said. “And...

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El Centro Guides Local Efforts in TPS Fight

On Monday, government officials announced the decision to end Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for 200,000 El Salvadorians who live in the United States. TPS provides temporary lawful status to individuals in the US who have fled extreme hardship in their countries such as armed conflict or a natural disaster. El Salvador’s protections were a result of earthquakes in 2001 that left the country devastated. El Centro Hispano community engagement and advocacy manager Eliazar Posada says that due to violence and other circumstances, El Salvador is still not ready and safe for returning TPS holders. “In the last 17...

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Chapel Hill Mayor Praises Local Efforts and Calls for National Efforts Regarding DACA

The fate of many DACA recipients, undocumented individuals who were brought to the US illegally as children, remains unclear since the Trump administration announced plans to end the Obama-era program earlier this year. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger says she applauds North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the 10 other governors who last week signed a letter asking Congress to “come together quickly to shape a bipartisan solution that allows our Dreamers to remain in the United States and continue their constructive contributions to our society.” Hemminger says the United States Conference of Mayors has also pulled together and...

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Bullying, Drug Use Down While Unsafe Driving Practices Increase in CHCCS Student Survey

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools recently received results to this year’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a national school-based survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control to monitor health risk behaviors that contribute to death, disability and social problems among our nation’s youth. Healthful Living & Athletics director for the district Scarlett Steinert presented the 180-page report to the school board. “Every odd year, Chapel Hill- Carrboro middle and high schoolers participate in this anonymous survey,” said Steinert. “Topics include violence, personal safety, physical activity, nutrition, mental health, tobacco, drugs and alcohol, protective factors and sexual behavior questions.” This year’s survey...

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Carrboro Beginning Several Transportation Updates in 2018

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen may be finished up with meetings for the year, but the planning for 2018 is ongoing. Mayor Lydia Lavelle says the first meeting back will be on January 9 with a work session that will focus on the construction of the new library and several transportation issues that are now ready to move forward. “We’re hoping to improve our transportation infrastructure a little bit when we build the building at 203 South Greensboro where the library is going to be because there’s an opportunity for some nice streetscaping between where the library will be...

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Chapel Hill Tire Gives $1,000 in Car Services to 12 Days of Christmas Winners

Chapel Hill Tire is spreading holiday cheer with their 12 Days of Christmas car care giveaway of $1,000 to 12 nominated winners. Chapel Hill Tire owner Marc Pons said the company asked for nominations in November of deserving folks who could use a Christmas miracle and had over 300 nominations come in. “It was very, very hard to narrow it down to 12, but we found 12 deserving recipients, who we’re giving away $1,000 worth of car care,” said Pons. Each day Chapel Hill Tire announces the winner on their Facebook page singing the 12 Days of Christmas jingle....

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Net Neutrality Repealed, Fake Comments Allegedly Submitted: What’s Next?

The Federal Communications Commission voted last Thursday to repeal 2015 net neutrality rules, which required internet service providers, or ISP’s, to offer equal access to web content without being able to block certain websites, slow data transmission or give priority quality to higher paying customers. The decision was made despite a letter sent to the FCC from 18 attorneys general around the country, asking to delay the decision to investigate millions of apparently fake anti-net neutrality comments posted to the FCC’s public comments section. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been leading the investigation on the fake comments...

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UNC Graduate Selected for Elite Schwarzman Scholars Program

A 2015 UNC graduate who majored in health policy and management and mathematical decision sciences, Min Yang, is one of 142 recipients worldwide for the Schwarzman Scholars program. The Schwarzman Scholars program, founded by Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, is an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and given to support those accepted into the one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University, a prestigious Chinese university. “Being named a Schwarzman Scholar is an exceptional achievement and we are incredibly proud that Min will have an opportunity to pursue his master’s studies in China,” said Chancellor...

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Orange County Approves New Light Rail Station in Downtown Durham

The Orange County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the addition of a station for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project at Blackwell and Mangum Streets in Downtown Durham. The new light rail station will be located along Pettigrew Street near Durham Performing Arts Center, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and American Tobacco campus. According to Go Triangle’s government affairs manager Matthew Clark, all expected expenses for the project are contained within the project budget, and any changes will have to be brought before the boards for Orange County, Durham County, the Durham Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization and Go...

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New Orange-Alamance Connector Route to Begin this Week

Orange County Public Transportation is adding a new route with service to Alamance County. “The Orange County Transit Plan identified a need for service to Alamance County,” Orange County Transportation Department director Theo Letman said in a release. “We are excited to bring this route on-line and provide expanded services to our residents.” The route begins on Monday, December 18, and will connect major destinations in Hillsborough, Efland and Mebane with hourly service provided in both the eastbound and westbound directions. The route will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday with a fare of $2...

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