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Last week, the Macon County News reported on a petition filed by a Highlands parent and an organization called Save Our Summers North Carolina that challenges the legality of the alternative 2011-2012 calendar for Macon County Schools recently approved by the State Board of Education. In it’s lede, the story referred to the organization involved in the petition as “a tourism and business lobby group.”

“We are not a tourism and business lobby group – at all,” says Louise Lee, one of the original founders of the non-profit SOS-NC and its sole registered lobbyist.

According to Lee, a mother and former teacher of 14 years for Wake County Public Schools, SOS-NC is a volunteer coalition of parents, grandparents, education professionals and others who seek to establish, protect and maintain a more traditional school calendar for elementary and secondary schools throughout the state.


Number of murders up from 2009, AG Roy Cooper says

A total of 107 North Carolinians lost their lives in domestic violence murders in 2010, an increase from the previous year, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today.

“Domestic violence is a dangerous crime and can lead to deadly results,” Cooper said. “North Carolina has to work to get victims the help they need and to stop early signs of violence before people are seriously hurt and killed.”


On May 3, staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the interim final rule for implementing the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010. This new rule will provide additional support to eligible post- 9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary family caregiver.

“I encourage family caregivers to apply for these new, enhanced services that provide support in the place most familiar to veterans, their homes,” said Ralph T. Gigliotti, FACHE, Durham VA Medical Center Director. “The new program builds on the foundation of caregiver support now provided at VA and reflects what families and clinicians have long known; that family caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of veterans under VA care.”


Senate budget proposal shuffles education money, leaves cuts

Compromise or charade? Depending on one’s political proclivities, and whether or not one is involved in public education in the state, a revised budget in the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate is one or the other.

While the budget makes some changes to specific cuts which were proposed for public education last month in the House, Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue has called the new proposal a “charade” and is sticking to her promise to veto any budget bill that does not protect education jobs and funding in the state.


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