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for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 20, May 2010
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The budget crisis is affecting Durham Public Schools. Durham may lose twenty million in state and local funds which should cost the district as many as 323 jobs, including 237 teaching positions. Carla Brown talks about being told she will lose her job as a teacher at Northern High School in the summer. Class sizes will increase and teacher training will be reduced if the school loses its funding. The school board has asked the county commissioners for funding to save teachers’ jobs, but the city is planning cuts for all departments.
The TROSA Grocery has opened in East Durham. The nonprofit is part of a regional effort to provide low-income communities access to affordable healthy food. Before TROSA Grocery opened nearest grocery store had been two miles away making the only food available the kinds that are sold in convenience stores. The grocery store will help make shopping more convenient and especially help the elderly and those trying to eat healthy foods.
Former Duke University economics professor John Blackburn recently completed a study showing that wind and solar power combined could someday supply more than three-fourths of North Carolina’s electric power. Together, solar and wind power are highly reliable and inexpensive according to Blackburn. The utility companies disagree. The details Blackburn’s study and the position of the utility companies are explored.