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for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 33, August 2010
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An old school house has become an outlet for vision, hope, and music. Jay Miller renovated the former Murphey School in Durham County to be used as a place for nonprofits to gather and music to be played. The school’s history is detailed and its current renovation is detailed. The old school building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A nine-month review of Wake County Board of Education’s decision to adopt an anti-diversity position is detailed. 94 percent of parents surveyed said that they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their child’s current school placement, but the board voted to change the school assignment plans anyway. The final plan will not be in place until after the 2011-2012 school year and details of the plan are not available. Public comments on the measure have been limited and the board is struggling to find a superintendent.
Durham has eliminated their teacher mentoring program. The program served new teachers with less than three years’ experience and paired them with veteran teachers. The program was considered a model in the state only a few years ago. With less help and a high turnover rate among new teachers, Durham’s new teachers are at a higher risk of leaving the profession.