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Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

by Peter Grear

As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win.  My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. 

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Combining Math and Music Leaders in Disparate Fields Explain What Unites Them

Combining Math and Music Leaders in Disparate Fields Explain What Unites Them

American Academy in Rome

Anthony Cheung’s formal mathematical training essentially ended with high-school calculus. But as a musician and composer, he has explored mathematical phenomena in new ways.

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Winning a Dead Heat: Black Elected Officials Mobilize, Mobilize and Mobilize

Winning a Dead Heat: Black Elected Officials Mobilize, Mobilize and Mobilize

By Peter Grear

By most polls the North Carolina race for the United States Senate is a dead heat.  That being the case, victory in November will go to the political party that executes the best voter mobilization plan.  

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Jill Scott Talks About Her 63-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Jill Scott Talks About Her 63-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Singer and actress Jill Scott

Singer and actress Jill Scott is on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Essence magazine Jill Scott shows offer her new hourglass shape in a beautiful black form-fitted dress. 

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License to Give Trust Fund Commission Awards $128,500 in Grant Funding

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:03.

Grants to be Used to Increase Organ Donation and Advance Care Planning Education: The License to Give Trust Fund Commission has announced the completion of its 14th grant cycle and awarded grants-in-aid to three North Carolina non-profits: NC Medical Society Foundation of Raleigh, Total Christian Ministries of Greenville and Mount Airy High School Interact Club of Mount Airy. “These grants will be used to encourage more North Carolinians to register as organ donors through the NC Division of Motor Vehicles or online atDonateLifeNC.org, and to educate North Carolinians about Advance Care Planning,” said Chairman Dennis Meyers. “The ultimate goal of these organizations’ efforts is to save the lives of more North Carolinians who are waiting for an organ, eye or tissue transplant.

North Carolina Award Nominations Deadline Approaching Fast

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 16:44.

-Applications Must Be Received by May 15, 2014-   

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state and awarded by the governor, through May 15. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, the award recognizes "notable accomplishments by North Carolina citizens" in the fields of literature, science, fine arts and public service.

State Requirements for Teacher Evaluation Policies Promoted by Race to the Top

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 16:25.

This brief describes the extent to which states required teacher evaluation policies aligned with the Race to the Top (RTT) initiative as of spring 2012. Although teacher evaluation policies appear to be rapidly evolving, documenting policy requirements in the early years of RTT implementation can help inform policymakers about the pace of policy innovation nationally. This brief examines the presence of state-level requirements for certain practices but not the actual district- or school-level implementation of such practices. Key findings, based on interviews with administrators from 49 states and the District of Columbia (12 Round 1 and 2 RTT states, 7 Round 3 RTT states, and 31 non-RTT states), include the following:

  • States, on average, reported requiring less than half of eight teacher evaluation policies aligned with RTT priorities, although the number of policies required by RTT states was higher than non-RTT states (3.7 policies for Round 1 and 2 RTT states, 3.6 for Round 3 RTT states, and 2.2 for non-RTT states).
  • States' reported teacher evaluation policies were most aligned with RTT priorities focused on using multiple measures to evaluate teacher performance (30 states); using multiple rating categories to classify teacher performance (31 states); and conducting annual evaluations (25 states).
  • States' reported teacher evaluation policies were least aligned with RTT priorities focused on using evaluation results to inform decisions regarding career advancement (1 state) and compensation (6 states for annual salary increases, and 5 states for performance-based compensation).

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Wilmington SCORE Joins Brunswick Community College to present: 2014 Womanpreneur Empowerment Summit

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:42.

The Small Business Center of Brunswick Community College is joining together with Wilmington SCORE in bringing together female business owners to discuss entrepreneurial opportunities. The Womanpreneur Empowerment Su mmit (also known as WES) was created to assist in the education and encouragement of women who currently own a business or may be interested in starting a business. WES seeks to empower female business owners through networking, educational seminars and sharing inspirational stories of women who have developed successful businesses.

Download GDN Edition April 24, 2014

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 April 2014 16:47.

gdn022013p Greater Diversity News John-Travis-HoltWe need your help to respond to attacks, against the interest of our leaders and communities, being funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, Art Pope and other rich right-wing benefactors.

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