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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) A New Hanover County School Board member received a prestigious, national award for public service. Elizabeth Redenbaugh was awarded the JFK Profile in Courage Award this morning at a ceremony in Boston.

Redenbaugh joined the school board in 2008. Since then, she has repeatedly voted against proposed redistricting plans to form neighborhood schools.

“Education really is a civil rights issue of our time, and Elizabeth showed incredible courage to stand up and remind the community of that when it’s not an easy thing to do,” Caroline Kennedy said during an interview today on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Redenbaugh received the Profile in Courage Award for her stance during the county’s middle school redistricting. She says she refused to vote in favor of any redistricting plan where the majority of students at a school qualify for a free or reduced lunch. She has also said that neighborhood schools would in most cases concentrate poor, black children, which would set them up for failure.

During her acceptance speech at the JFK Library in Boston, Redenbaugh admitted feeling humbled.

“Like Caroline said, I am an attorney, and I am an elected official, but let’s be honest, I am a school board member in the second smallest county in the state of North Carolina, which puts me really at the bottom of the political food chain,” she said.

Peggy McKan, who lives in downtown Wilmington, says Redenbaugh’s speech was inappropriate. She says she feels Redenbaugh should have talked up New Hanover County, but instead chose to cast it in a bad light.

“It doesn’t lend any credibility to her representing the folks who live here,” McKan said. “It makes us sound small. I think it’s sad that somebody who’s representing New Hanover County should kind of demean it the way she did.”

Redenbaugh joins the ranks of US presidents and Congressmen who have also been honored with the Profile in Courage Award, but fellow school board member Janice Cavenaugh seems to think Redenbaugh did not deserve such a prestigious honor.

“I don’t understand a Profile in Courage award for a board member who won’t even send her own children to inner city schools,” Cavenaugh told the StarNews last month. “Ms. Redenbaugh espouses one position but does not abide by her own position… When the computerized map based on the Wake County diversity model sent her neighborhood to an inner city school. She vigorously opposed that move. That to me is not a profile in courage.”

An Egyptian Google executive who helped start the Egyptian revolution through a Facebook page also received the award, which is named for President John F. Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Profiles in Courage.”

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2015 years 10 months ago

You know and I know that busing inner-city kids out to the suburbs will do NOTHING but run up the bill to the taxpayers. When they return home to an imprisoned or missing father, a mother either too busy working or too whacked out on drugs to help them with their homework, and a neighborhood filled with drug dealers and gangs, which do you think will have the greater influence in their life?

You see, there are no more “white hoods.” The Klan is obsolete….no longer needed, because the Black community is more destructive and harmful to Black families than the Klan ever hoped for.

The government was not instituted to spend 90% of its time and resources kissing hiney on the poor. Get off your fanny and chart your own destiny. If you think the government is your savior, you’re going to be totally disappointed.

2015 years 10 months ago

There seems to be a lot of worry about poor, black students grouped together causing them to fail. The school system is the same all over the county. I do not understand why anyone would think they wouldn’t get a good education no matter where they were. Integration/busing was NEVER intended to be the norm for ever and ever. If our schools are up to date with qualified teachers, as everyone says they are, then education is education whether on Market Street or Carolina Beach Road, Wrightsville Beach or Carolina Beach. Quit your whining.. it’s been going on for years and years and it has gotten very old, stop blaming the white people for your lack of responsibility and get out there, encourage your children to grab their education and go on with life like everyone else. Bill Cosby said it best . . stop blaming everyone else for your shortcomings.

In today’s economy.. neighborhood schools just make good, financial sense. There is an end to the free gimmie’s, put your hand down and quit comlaining.

2015 years 10 months ago

[quote] guestnc-> And good schooling teaches love (I believe). It teaches love of learning, love of community and its institutions, love of country, and love of self. If it was not so important why would there be so many posts here?[/quote]
Thats sounds like socialist/left/communism agenda to My Ears.

2015 years 10 months ago

…when you wealth redistribution sob-sisters adopt an attitude of intellectual superiority.

Look, I was willing to admit that I hate you thieving bast**ds with a passion that could move mountains. The least you could do is admit that you ARE thieving bast**ds. I have no idea how I can clarify my position any stronger for you.

If you believe that the government’s job is to penalize some people to further advance others, then you have absolutely no concept of “equal protection of law” or the basic premise that all men are created equal.

It has been my good fortune to know, work with, and hire several successful Blacks and I can assure you that NONE of them achieved success in school or life by being bused out to suburbia. They ALL had at least one caring parent (most had two) who got them out of the ghetto and onto a path where they could succeed. They weren’t allowed to run the streets at all hours of the night, they weren’t allowed to cut school, and there was never a doubt as to what kind of behavior was expected of them and what conduct would not be accepted.

It’s amazing how color becomes a “non-factor” when a person is articulate, intelligent, knows how to dress, and lives within the norms of society.

Best wishes to you, too. Hope you have a great Summer. Might I recommend climbing El Capitan or cliff-diving in Acapulco?

2015 years 10 months ago

Your only the small vocal moron’s. Stick your head back in the toilet bowel. YOUR a OXYGEN THIEF! You do not represent the majority and most of all the majority of voters.


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