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Durham County has experienced a higher turnover rate for teachers than the state over the last 5 years. 19.2 percent of teachers left after the 2015-16 school year versus 14.2 percent of teachers across the state. This turnover rate is the tenth-highest in the state and higher than Durham’s surrounding school districts and counties. While half of teachers leaving the county leave teaching altogether, half are leaving for other reasons. It is argued that one of the biggest reasons is teacher pay. Durham offers lower supplements than its neighbors which may be a significant contributor to this trend.
The shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on September 20, 2016 by police officers in Charlotte prompted protesting in the city. Protesters marched and blocked Interstate 277 before being cleared from the road by police officers in riot gear using pepper spray. Community members were distressed at the police’s conclusion that the shooting and other incidents across the state and country involving violence toward individuals of color were justified. Community members are concerned with policing practices and believe that the steps being made to improve relations between police and the community are insufficient.
Over the past 15 years there has been a renewed interest in traditional music. The Coen brothers’ film, O Brother Where Art Thou? (2001), and the film’s soundtrack are credited with this rise in popularity. The band from the film, The Soggy Bottom Boys, headlined the fourth meeting of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s festival in Raleigh, NC. The festival has seen an increase in turnout and a more diverse audience as a result of the film’s lasting impact and modern folk-inspired acts like the Avett Brothers.
Emil Kang and the Carolina Performing Arts are producing Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey. This year-long festival highlights the differences in the Islamic faith and explores the experience of living with a Muslim identity in the modern world. Performances include concerts, staged readings, plays, dance, and other media formats throughout the Triangle Area starting Friday September 29th through April 12th.