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Why do we need Teacher Assistants anyway?

One of the first pieces of public education to come to the chopping block is teacher assistants.  Perhaps they seem like fluff to legislators and politicians? Maybe our elected officials see this position as one that can be replaced with a parent or other volunteer? Maybe it would help to look a bit more closely at the list of tasks they are expected to master on the job.

From the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants:

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Abandoning Public Education - 3 Ways

Vouchers, independent school districts, charter schools, magnet schools….are they all signs of our country’s abandonment of public education? Or a commitment to improve the education of our children?


Many years ago when I asked my 5 year old daughter which school she wanted to attend from a choice of magnet theme elementary schools, without hesitation her reply was “my school” – which to her meant the one in our neighborhood.

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Thank You to Our Leadership Givers! What Does Leadership Look Like To You?

Here at United Way we talk a fair amount about our Leadership Givers - donors who make a commitment to give $1,000 or more a year toward our Community Investment Fund.  Many of them give much more than that $1,000 and a good many also give a lot of their time as volunteers and advocates. 

Did you know that collectively this group of donors contribute close to half of all the dollars raised every year in our community?  That is huge!

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