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State Measure To Cut Teach Tenure Resurfaces

CHAPEL HILL – A stipulation seeking to end teacher tenure found new life in the state senate’s recently released $20.6 billion budget. “It’s another smack-down on the whole idea of teaching as a profession. We run the risk of losing good teachers who feel that maybe once they don’t have tenure—they may want to pursue other careers,” said Jeffery Nash, the Executive Director of Community Relations for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Teachers currently are eligible for tenure after four years of consecutive contract renewal—giving them “career status.” Teachers’ contracts are not re-evaluated after receiving tenure and they also have the...

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NC NAACP President To Speak At Silent Sam 100th Anniversary Sunday

CHAPEL HILL – The 100th anniversary of the controversial monument known as “Silent Sam” is Sunday, and North Carolina NAACP President Reverend William Barber is set to join the “Real Silent Sam Committee” to speak-out against what they say the statue represents. The program will takes place at 4:00 pm at the foot of the monument on UNC’s campus. This falls on the eve of the fifth NAACP “Moral Monday” Protest, taking place outside the General Assembly in Raleigh. The Real Silent Sam Committee has campaigned over the past two years to replace the current plaque with one that tells...

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Annual Chamber Golf Classic Set For Monday

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Golf Classic Monday at the Governor’s Club from 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Chamber’s charitable Partnership for a Sustainable Community. “Events like this generate the funds that we need in order to invest in economic and community development work. Things like small business counseling, training, and coaching. It will also help support our leadership development programs and our inner city visits and our community reinvestment work,” said Chamber President and CEO Aaron Nelson. Founded in 2012, the Partner­ship for a Sustainable Community...

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State Rep. Verla Insko Talks Upcoming House Budget

CHAPEL HILL – Lawmakers in Raleigh are getting closer to a final budget for the state. The NC House of Representatives began crafting its own spending plan this week—following the Senate’s release of its $20.6 billion version last week. Verla Insko—the state Representative for Orange County (Dem.)—says time is quickly running out to get the House budget approved by June 30, which is the end of the fiscal year. “It’s such a rapid process. We really are not going to have time to have a full debate before the availability is set for the house budget,” Insko said. Overall,...

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Basketball Tournament To Benefit Friends Of Bolin Creek

CHAPEL HILL – The conservation group—Friends of Bolin Creek—is hosting a basketball tournament Friday at 5:30 p.m. It’s happening at Homestead Park and is free to the public—but they are accepting donations. Julie McClintock  of Friends of Bolin Creek, says the event was entirely organized by Chapel Hill High School students. “It’s a wonderful thing when you see young people come-up with their own ideas about how to change the world,” McClintock said. The science students reached out to McClintock about wanting to organize a benefit.  Area firefighters and policeman will be playing in the tournament alongside the students—but McClintock...

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