Are schools preparing children?

Sen. Brent Jackson

I hope everyone is having a nice week and enjoying this warm weather.

Question of the Week

Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s question. Your feedback is important to me and I appreciate you taking the time to write back.

For this week’s question, I would like to focus on education. Do you think our high schools, community colleges and universities are preparing our children for the challenges that they will face as adults in the real world and providing them with the skills necessary to succeed? If not, what elements of the real world are missing and how would you incorporate them into our education system?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yesterday, I was pleased to hear Gov. Pat McCrory announce that the state has paid off all of its unemployment insurance debt to the federal government. During the 2009 recession, North Carolina’s unemployment trust fund ran out of money because of a broken unemployment insurance program, which forced the state to borrow $2.8 billion from the federal government. The state has paid off its debt ahead of schedule, which will save North Carolina’s businesses from having to pay over $282 million in Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) penalties. Paying off the debt this quickly is part of a bold unemployment insurance reform plan set forth in House Bill 4 of 2013.

District Headlines

Cowan Museum

Nano-Mini Exhibit

The Cowan Museum will host its first Nano Night Event on May 9th at 5 pm as part of their Nano-Mini Exhibit, which is scheduled to run at the Cowan Museum through Aug. 2. The exhibit will be available for viewing on regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am-4 pm. The Nano-Mini Exhibit is a result of grant collaboration between the N.C. Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative & the Museum of Life & Science in Durham. The hands on exhibit presents the basics of nano science and introduces participants to real world applications. It also provides a learning environment to explore the societal and ethical implications of nano technology.

2015 Four Oaks

Acorn Festival

The 2015 Four Oaks Acorn Festival will be held on May 15th and 16th. The festival is an annual event of the Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce. The festival will start on Friday night, May 15 with a concert featuring Carolina Tradition Bluegrass at Barbour’s Grove Park. Saturday, May 16 begins with a 10 am parade of children from Four Oaks Elementary School to the Four Oaks Town Hall, followed by the Acorn Festival parade at 10:30 am on Main Street. Rides will be located on South Railroad Street. Vendors, food, and other exhibits will be located on Railroad Street and Barbour’s Grove Park. Entertainment begins at noon with the Martin Davis Beach Band, “Dr. T-Bone” Tommy Tucker, Bobby Adams & Carlie Barbour and others. For more information, tickets or entry forms contact the Four Oaks Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-963-4004 or email [email protected]

Give Five

Read Five

NCDPI is launching their “Give Five Read Five” campaign which helps to address summer learning loss. As part of this campaign, Kerr School in Clinton will be asking parents, business leaders and community members to donate five new or gently used books to Kerr School. The school will send students home with books to read over the summer. Harvard has done research which shows that reading just five books helps students to better retain literacy skills over the summer. If you would like to donate, please contact the school.

In Closing

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