Arthur Griffin explores three challenges facing the CMS board and offers ways forward.
PROJECT LIFT: ‘The soft bigotry of low expectations’
June 11, 2017 This morning, the Charlotte Observer published a pair of articles under the headline, “Two Charlotte leaders debate: Has Project LIFT been a success or failure?” Dr Ophelia Garmon-Brown wrote one. I wrote the other. Below is the unedited version of what I wrote. Below the text are tables and charts of the […]
Diploma ‘endorsements’: Making a case for their use in tracking student success
Feb. 14, 2017 Arthur Griffin believes that a little-known N.C. tool already in place might give an additional and useful picture of whether CMS is preparing all students for a productive future. The tool would be aggregate data on diploma “endorsements.” The endorsement stickers that are attached to individual N.C. students’ graduation diplomas are awarded to […]
Absurd and cunning
Feb. 9, 2017 By Arthur Griffin Last week, I attended the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum meeting. The guest speaker made several outlandish allegations without regard for the truth. I understand that the Republican members of the North Carolina General Assembly need a black face on some of its backward legislation, but what happened last Tuesday […]
Affordable Housing or Workforce Housing?
Jan. 19, 2017 Is it affordable or workforce housing? Most of us really don’t care about the name. Just make sure that safe, decent and sanitary housing does not cost me more than 30% of my income. Otherwise, I’m balancing the cost of necessities such as food, medicine, children clothes, educational items each month. The […]
Thank you for your prayers
Jan. 17, 2017 Happy New Year! Front Porch Charlotte started in December 2014 as a reminder to me, and a way to share how I learned some of life’s lessons. It was on my front porch in First Ward that I saw what to do and not to do, I heard what to say and […]
Our children deserve more coordinated work on poverty, reading
High levels of poverty and low levels of reading are inseparable problems that should be studied and ameliorated together.