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Wake Voters Need To Pay Attention

Southwest Wake voters will need to pay attention as we advance into 2015. Elections for various local positions need to be on voters radar. Cary, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Morrisville and Holly Springs all have Town Council elections coming up.

According to Cary News:

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HS Chamber Event Misinforms On Common Core

On August 1st, I wrote about an event centering on education being put on by the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce. It was for Chamber members only and was sponsored by WHIZard Academy. It’s worth reading the Holly Springs Chamber plan.

At this event, Rep. Paul Stam and school board member Susan Evans were present as were Area Superintendent Lloyd Gardener and Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Joe Desormeaux.

The topics were Common Core and School caps. Not one person on the stage, save Rep. Stam, offered the close to the truth on Common Core but instead offered regurgitated talking points.

Video was taken and can be accessed here.

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“The event is for Chamber of Commerce members only”

If you live in Holly Springs, there’s a meeting about your kids education but you’re not invited. It’s for the Chamber of Commerce members only. Via News and Observer:

Local and state officials – including state Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam and Wake County school board member Susan Evans – will participate in a panel discussion at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

The speakers will talk about capped schools, new school construction, Common Core standards and achievements at local schools.

“We’re trying to make sure the business community in Holly Springs is aware of developments, because it affects them,” said Tom Wyrick, owner of Whizard Academy in Cary and Holly Springs, who helped organize the event. Continue reading

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What I Saw At The Holly Ridge ‘Walk In’

On Monday evening I attended the Holly Springs ‘Walk In’ event. After the original invitation messaging went a bit sideways, things turned around with the Holly Ridge teachers putting up a website. Upon seeing Holly Ridge ‘own’ their own event, I wanted to hear what they had to say. I also wanted to show my support for teachers in general, so I went to listen and while there , took some video.

The event ran just over 26 minutes and the session you will see took place at Holly Springs High after the group walked from the Holly Grove campus. I would estimate between 50 to 60 people showed up throughout the event. There is a lot of honesty in the commentary. Running themes included the frustration at the amount of testing going on, the anxiety and stress said testing was putting on the kids, Common Core being implemented with little to no input from teachers or any training for it, data tracking and compensation issues. I’ll be looking more closely at the compensation piece in a separate future article.

The video I shot is can be viewed below in two parts. It is not edited or cut in any way other than being in two parts. The reason it is in two parts is due to YouTube length limits. The only additions made are titles and a few captions that include dialogue or clarification. The sound quality is not that great as I did not have a stand alone microphone, so I apologize for the viewers having to crank it up a bit.

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