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College or Not? Who gets to decide? Who pays? What difference does it make?

If this is still the land of opportunity (and I surely hope it is), shouldn’t every young person have a chance to go to college?  Even if we accept that not everyone is suited for a college education, how do we know when to make that determination?  When they are in middle school? In 3rd grade? And who gets to decide? Teachers, parents, youth?


I imagine most of us know people who:

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2011-2012 Community Investment Results Announced

The data is in: our 2011-2012 investments in Education, Income and Health yielded a return on investment of 120%! We measure a return on investment not in dollars, but in lives changed for the better. From our investment of $2.7 million, we had expected to see 59,000 people improve their lives in measurable ways in the areas of Education, Income and Health. When the results came in, more than 71,000 people had improved their lives.

 

Do sports help education? It's a 5-Way Tie

It’s risky to challenge the role of sports in public schools during football season in WNC.  People get downright passionate about their local high school’s football team in this part of the country.  In fact, I was watching the High School sports roundup on the news the other night and it reminded me of the long conversations we had back when I was on the school board.

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Public Services, Chili Cookoff Winners Announced

Asheville City/Buncombe County Public Services held a Chili Cookoff on Friday to drum up interest and support for their United Way campaign.

Many thanks to everyone that came out to cook, to eat, to cheer each other on. Special thanks to Chief Burnette, Chief Anderson and Sherrif Duncan for their leadership in making this happen and to our celebrity judges: representing Bouchon - Bill Cooke, from Pack's Tavern - Ross Franklin, and Emily Patrick the new food writer at Mt. Xpress.  
 

Moving Up to the Big School - 6 Ways to Make it Work!

Welcome to the 9th Grade.  Your child has entered this brave new world and you are excited and terrified.  You want the best for your child; an easy transition, friends, success in class. 

But your child's chance of success is slim – 80% of children entering the 9th grade don’t have the knowledge or skills they need to graduate.

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