…because I can’t even post on Facebook without getting a lost lamb comment. I swear, religious tolerance is severely underrated. Just because I disagree with something does not mean I am going to go blind, go to Hell, or magically start to believe it after years and years of…not (although it does happen to some people, I doubt that’s going to happen to me.) And by the same token, I don’t expect anyone to adhere to what I believe in. I don’t even TALK about it unless someone directly asks me! So next time you (you, reader) feel like disputing someone else’s spiritual beliefs, remember that they, too, have a right to believe whatever they want. And you will probably piss them off instead of offer them good religious advice.
Today in my Child Development class, I was informed that North Carolina received a $70 million grant to go towards our education program. Why? NC is one of the best states in the nation to get an education.
Well, guess what? We had a really great lady, Bev Perdue, in office who supported our education system and made sure education programs were getting funding. Guess what else? She isn’t running this year. This mean that TOMORROW (March 1st) the NC legislature is voting to CUT ALL FREE PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS IN NORTH CAROLINA. This means a few things:
- The only Pre-K that is going to be available is the private kind that parents have to pay for.
- Children of low-income families are not going to be able to attend these private preschools because they will be too expensive.
- As a result, these children, who are underprivileged from the get-go, are going to be entering Kindergarten significantly behind their peers whose families can afford preschool.
This applies to you even if:
- You don’t live in NC: how long do you think it will be before this expands to the rest of the country?
- You aren’t a parent: Because you’re a taxpayer, and lack of education keeps people in poverty. People in poverty are often on welfare, which comes out of YOUR pocket.
This is what our teacher sent out if you want more information:
This is an urgent message regarding General Assembly recommendations to eliminate participation of public schools in the NC PreK program and to reduce access of poor children to the program.
The House Select Committee on Early Childhood Improvement has draft recommendations that will be voted on at its next meeting on March 1. It prohibits LEAs from serving as the local contractor and requires the immediate phaseout of preK in public schools inorder to reach the desired intent to provide NC PreK exclusively in private child care centers. It also will drastically change the poverty indicators, making the program inaccessible to many children living in poverty. For example, a single mother with three children making $23,000 a year would not be able to enroll her children in the program.
If the committee approves the report, the legislation can be considered by theGeneral Assembly when it convenes in May.
There are several things you can do before March 1:
(1) Let people in your community know about this and provide them with the information they need to share their concerns. (please note that we welcome adding people to our distribution list. Just email Loretta Peace-Bunch at Loretta.PeaceBunch@dpi.nc.gov<mailto:Loretta.PeaceBunch@dpi.nc.gov>)
(2) Provide information to the media on the value of public preK and the role it serves in your community and the harm in reducing access to the program for people in poverty.
(3) Provide this information to the House Select Committee on Education Reform, the Joint Education Oversight Committee, the Speaker and Senate President Pro Tempore. The contact information is provided at:
I am providing links to additional information you can find on our website:
A brief analysis of the benefits of public preK prepared by John Pruette – http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators/20120224-publicischool-value-jp-doc.pdf
Press release from Governor Perdue – http://www.governor.nc.gov/NewsItems/PressReleaseDetail.aspx?newsItemID=2264
News release from Progress NC – http://www.progressnc.org/2012/02/progress-nc-challenges-lawmakers-to-release-evidence-for-nc-pre-k-recommendations.html
Blog by Chairman Bill Harrison – http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/
I’ve included below the draft legislation on the points I’ve mentioned above. I encourage you to review the full report and the description in Chairman Harrison’s blog.
Thank you so much for doing everything you can for these children.
North Carolina State Board of Education
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
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SECTION 10.7.(f1) A child shall be eligible for the prekindergarten program if the child meets one of the following criteria:
(1) A child whosefamily’s gross income is at or below 100% of the federal poverty guidelines.
SECTION 3. Beginning July 1, 2013, local school administrative units shall not serve as contractadministrators for the NC Pre-K program.
SECTION 4. It is the intent of the General Assembly that NC Pre-K classrooms be provided within licensed private child care centers exclusively. To that end:
(1) The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education, shall develop a plan to phase out the prekindergarten program inpublic school classrooms. The Division of Child Development and Early Education shall report on the phase out plan to the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, the Senate Appropriations/Base Budget Committee on Health and Human Services, and the Fiscal Research Division no later than December 1, 2012. The report shall include the impact to all counties, specifically those counties that will be adversely affected by the plan.
(2) Beginning the 2013-2014 academic school year, the Division of Child Development and EarlyEducation shall begin implementing the phase out plan. However, the Division may extend the phase out period for those counties it determines will be greatly impacted by thephase out.
As part of the transition, the Division of Child Development and Early Education shall require the NC Pre-K contractor to issue multiple-year contracts for licensed private child care centers providing NC Pre-K classrooms.
Visit us on the web at http://www.ncpublicschools.org<http://www.ncpublicschools.org/>. All e-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law, which may result in monitoring and disclosure to third parties, including law enforcement.
This week, I have been reminded multiple times of this simple fact that I think many people either flat-out don’t believe or constantly forget: A person’s worth cannot and should not be determined by their body. It’s completely understandable that we should slip up on this from time to time, especially when we are bombarded by images, people, and ideas telling us we need to look a certain way in order to be acceptable. That’s crap. Remember that, first and foremost, our body is a vessel. It’s just something that carries our brains around (and our souls, if you’re into that sort of thing.) It truly hurts me inside when my friends have complaints about the way that they look, when to me, they’re unique and radiant individuals. I want to scream out “Can’t you see how beautiful you are?” It makes me want to cry out of pure frustration.
In my lifetime, I have overcome a lot of insecurities about my body. I know what it’s like to be “looked over” because you’re not developed enough. I wasn’t out of training bras until I was a freshman in high school. I have experienced my accomplishments and intelligence being undermined by my attractiveness. I know how it feels to be called ugly to your face. And I would never wish that on anyone. I can only imagine the ridicule other people have endured and how it has affected how they see themselves years down the road when it shouldn’t matter anymore.
But I guess what I’m trying to say here is, those who judge you solely on appearance before even getting to know the human you are, should not be tolerated. Be proud of those “imperfections” that make you who you are. It is a waste your time here on earth to be unhappy about something that, in the long run, is going to end up in the ground anyway.