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for Independent Weekly Vol. 17 Issue 3, Jan 1999
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The North Carolina Dance Festival, now in its eighth year, was held in January, 1999, at Meredith College in Raleigh. The festival affords the state's dancers and choreographers an opportunity to display their artistic skills and creations.
Although large population growth tests Wake County's ability to provide adequate services, the county commissioners cut the property tax rate 17 percent in 1994, and in 1996, cut the school construction budget which was already approved by 40 percent of the voters. K-5 schools are now overcrowded; many students attend classes in mobile units, and parents are upset.
Many Hispanics come to the state looking for jobs and a better way of life. Many times they end up living in substandard housing and not complaining for fear of eviction, deportation, or rent raises. Some, like families at Crossroads Apartments in Durham, organize to seek better conditions, but movements like these are few.