Winston-Salem schools & race

TweetFrom Activate! The North Carolina Advocacy Coalition: The Winston-Salem Journal today published an article concerning community concerns over race and perceived segregated schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. Members of the Winston-Salem chapter of the NAACP and other community groups spoke to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education last night, Tuesday, May 8, 2007. Read the article here  Read More

Defender of anti-gay North Carolina school board retires

TweetAccording to an article this morning in The Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS) Attorney Doug Punger retired last week, after serving 32 years of “service” to the school system and Board of Education. The Journal‘s article is laden with high praises of Punger’s work and of how well he did in making the WSFCS policies among some of the best in the state. The article does not, however, mention... Read More

Currituck School officials to decide on GSA

TweetI’ve written a little about this before. A very courageous Currituck County High School junior wanting to start a gay-straight alliance (GSA) may get her answer from the Currituck County Board of Education as soon as Monday, November 6th. According to an article from the Virginian-Pilot, the Board of Education may hand down its answer at its Monday meeting. The question of allowing the gay-straight alliance was passed off to the Board when... Read More

‘In God We Trust,’ the Gospels and Davie County

TweetAccording to an article from The Winston-Salem Journal, religious advocates moving under the banner of the “US Motto Action Committee” were successful last night in getting the Davie County Board of Commissioners to vote for a public display of the words “In God We Trust” on the outside of the county’s administration building (pictured right). The display will be paid for privately and no public funds will be used... Read More

High School Discrimination?

TweetShould student clubs in high schools be allowed to discriminate on certain factors when it comes to membership and voting rights? The answer may be a tricky one. At UNCG and other colleges across the nation, certain student clubs (like politically affiliated groups and religious groups) are allowed to limit membership to only those who ascribe to their beliefs. For example, the UNCG College Democrats and College Republicans can limit membership... Read More

Winston-Salem Schools: Gays, No… Others, Ok!

TweetUpdate, July 23, 1am: I decided after reading this post again that I am ticked off enough to give this some more attention… so I’ve moved it back up to the top (at least until I make a new post again). I’m promoting my comment from a previous post to an actual post of its own. It is an important story and situation and it needs attention: The current problem in my old school and school system is that the System Attorney and... Read More

LGBT websites censored in Cabarrus County schools

TweetIn a situation eerily similar to one I experienced while a student at R.J. Reynolds High School in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (NC) School System, LGBT websites have been blocked and censored in Cabarrus County Schools, according to an article published in the April 8, 2006 issue of Q-Notes, the leading LGBT newspaper of the Carolinas. Jay M. Robinson High School student Savannah Seithel discovered that a firewall existed to block websites... Read More

Winston-Salem School Board fires Susan Wiseman

TweetAccording to an article from The Winston-Salem Journal, the Board of Education has decided to not renew the employment contract with Susan Wiseman, the East Forsyth High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student (past stories and posts available here). Wiseman was originally suspended without pay on February 1 and she will remain on administrative leave without pay until her contract expires at the end of this year... Read More

Forsyth County D.A. declines prosecution of Susan Wiseman

TweetAccording to some information I received this afternoon,  Forsyth County District Attorney Tom Keith has declined to take further action in the investigation of Susan Wiseman, an East Forsyth High School teacher falsely accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with a student. Earlier today it was reported that the case had been turned over yesterday to Keith’s office. From the very beginning of this controversy I have done nothing but... Read More

Executive Director of GLSEN calls on North Carolina schools to adopt better policies

Tweet“Students shouldn’t be scared to go to school. It’s time we passed the policies they need to let them know that we won’t tolerate bullying and harassment, of any kind, ever. Then students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and throughout the state can focus on their learning, not their safety.” Below is a guest column written by Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network and native... Read More

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