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New Hanover County Board of Education candidates speak about the state of our schools

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On November 4th, you will see six names on the ballot for New Hanover County Board of Education. While David Martin is no longer running, there are incumbents Dorothy DeShields and Jeanette Nichols, as well as three challengers who want their seats. We have all seen the signs, but what do the candidates for New Hanover County's Board of Education election have to say about the state of our schools? "Under No Child Left Behind with our end of grade testing, only 11 of our 38 schools last year actually met federal expectations. These are huge problems that have to be addressed," said Elizabeth Redenbaugh. School Board candidate Pat Chappell, said "How could anybody be satisfied with only 64 percent of students graduating from high school, which is even lower than the state average? Something is wrong." These candidates say lack of planning and leadership within our current school board is why they want a shot at changing how things are done. Child Advocate Jan Brewington wants to propose ideas like having a school dedicated to single-gender education, developing a magnet school that addresses the ways boys and girls learn differently. “Why not separate them during the day for the math, science, English and history. Then bring them together for things like art and music. This would be by choice. This would be a magnet school that families choose,” said Brewington. Pat Chappell proposes developing more vocational education programs to stop the dropout rate from rising. “I recommend a vocational center where kids who truly believe that they want to develop after high school, and go into another route, and go into a focus for their career that's totally acceptable." Candidate Elizabeth Redenbaugh said it all comes down to getting more input from the community. “We have to be transparent in order to get the community by, in that we are going to need in order to move forward and tackle some of the tough problems that we have in front of us." This is just a sample of what these candidates had to say, but you can hear more from all five candidates tonight at a candidate’s forum. It is at 7:00 p.m. at the Warwick Center Ballroom at UNCW. Candidates for New Hanover County Commission and other offices will also be there.

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NC uneducated

You can not blame the school system for what needs to be taught at home!! Parents are responsible for how children dress.... Parents are responsible for making sure children do NOT drop out of school. DUH!!! QUIT blaming the schools for everything!!! Teachers are responsible for teaching the kids how to read, write, do math, and say the Pledge of Allegiance!!!!! QUIT BEING LAZY AND TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS YOU BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD.....THEY DESERVE IT.

Education needs OVERHAUL, Not more Tax Money

Education in North Carolina needs a complete overhaul...the educators need the education as well as the students. First you start with classroom discipline, and an orderly school property. Students should also dress properly, and we all know what that means. Instruction should be geared to all student levels, so that all students are challeneged, and, equally important, no students are left behind. Make education relevant...not all students are going to college, so how about some vocational and technical training. The Democrats just keep throwing our tax money at the schools, instead of making the system work. The Democrats, who run this state, and are directly responsible for the failure of our public schools, just use their one size fits all policy of TAX & SPEND.... no accountability, no consequences, just tax more, and then spend more of your hard earned money, after they get their cut off the top, of course. McCrory believes in more vocational training in high schools. He wants to fix the system...not just raise taxes, as all Democrats do, no matter what they promise to get elected.