Ready for kindergarten?

8-20-16: CMS has a “Ready for School – Parent Checklist” posted that accompanies an update on how adults can prepare children for the new experience of kindergarten. There are immunizations to attend to, lots of forms to fill out, and anxieties to address. Many of the skill sets listed on the checklist have to do with Read More …

Tackling fear and indifference

Aug. 12, 2016 From a commentary published in Educate! on April 22, 2005 in the days immediately following the resignation of Supt. James Pughsley. The community can tackle the big issues of fear and indifference – or not – as it chooses. But neither can be tackled without sacrifice. And since the discussion is about Read More …

What will it take?

July 30, 2016 Excerpt from a subsection headlined “The public interest” in a commentary headlined “Big issues calling: Schools may be about to close, but difficult challenges lie ahead needing focus, attention” first published in Educate!, June 5, 2003. But perhaps the biggest question mark hanging over the schools is whether adults from all walks Read More …

Environmental scan

7-14-16: Using KPMG data, the Business Journal noted that Charlotte has “the ninth-most favorable tax structure for businesses” and for manufacturing operations “the fourth-most cost-effective tax structure among the U.S. cities” included in the survey. A 2014 study of the 50 U.S. largest cities ranked Charlotte last in upward mobility. Are we talking unrelated data Read More …

The search for consensus in a divided community

June 16, 2016; first published in Educate! Feb. 3, 2002 From a report headlined “Board Retreat: 3 one-act plays; School board hears good news about goals achieved, bad news about prospects for next year’s budget – all on top of a gathering designed to ease some of its divisions” How, asked Supt. Eric Smith at Read More …