“Our teachers should make enough money to afford a decent place to live on their own and shouldn’t be charity cases reliant upon nonprofits to make ends meet. “
Guest columnist Jodi Ford looks at how safe, affordable housing is a challenge to find for families in Asheville – and how foundational a place to call home is for family success. This article is featured as part of a partnership between the Xpress and Children First/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County.
In the second part of her series, Jodi Ford looks into how cuts to food benefits have resulted in new struggles for area families. This article is featured as part of a partnership between the Xpress and Children First/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County.
Jodi Ford looks into how cuts to food benefits have resulted in new struggles for area families. This article is featured as part of a partnership between the Xpress and Children First/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County.
Good things are happening at Community High. In the last academic year, the school met state-mandated progress goals for end-of-course test scores. And beginning this semester, the school has college-level Advanced Placement classes, something only a handful of alternative high schools in North Carolina offer.
Buncombe Commissioners unanimously approved spending $1.98 million Aug. 6 to buy land for a new school in Enka.
Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Tony Baldwin released a statement today, Friday, July 26, about the local impact of the state budget — particularly when it comes to teaching assistants.
Even as corporations spend billions of dollars on advertising and lobbying to encourage maximum consumption, local environmental educators are working hard to shape a more sustainable worldview — one mind at a time. (Pictured: Sarah Duffer; photo by Max Cooper)
When CarePartners certified nursing assistant Kelly Robertson goes to work, she doesn’t usually bring a film crew. However in early May, that’s exactly what happened.
Obesity has taken North Carolina by storm. Over one-third of North Carolina youth ages 10-17 are overweight or obese. This ranks North Carolina as 11th highest in the nation for obese youth. When doing an advocacy project with Youth Empowered Solutions, I called a N.C. representative to educate them on the importance of policies that […]
Pagan advocate Angela Pippinger provided Twitter-based coverage of the March 1 Buncombe County Board of Education meeting, where a revised religion policy was at the center of a heated debate.
Buncombe County Schools is participating in No-Name Calling Week Jan. 23-27, a national campaign to reduce or eliminate bullying in schools. As a retired teacher, having put in 30 years in the public schools, I can't help but see this as another attempt by central office people to make themselves appear that they are on […]
The first day of classes is still a few days off, but students got to see their new school and meet the school’s namesake..
In 1994, a Buncombe County schoolteacher changed my life. My son was a student in her classroom. We had just moved here from Houston, where he had always struggled in school. The cadre of child development experts I had taken him to in Texas had diagnosed ADD. It was so obvious to his teacher what […]
Students headed back to school last week in the wake of an ABCs of Public Education report that gave local school systems mixed grades. What do you think of those grades? And what grade would you give your child’s school?
The Tuesday, June 7, meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will feature public hearings on its 2011–2012 budget proposal and several related issues.
In June 2009, Buncombe County Schools sent a letter notifying its intention of increasing class sizes and eliminating up to 110 teaching positions in the school system to deal with the state of North Carolina’s budget requirements. The state is facing a $3 billion shortfall. Click here to read the letter.