According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, the Hurricane Florence Emergency Response Act extended the deadline for voter registration to 5 p.m. October 15 in 28 counties most affected by the storm. Mailed registration applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline. Eligible individuals who miss the regular deadline still may register and vote in their county of residence during the in-person early voting period, which runs from October 17 through November 3. Voters who register and vote at the same time must provide proof of residence. More information is available here.
The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance has partnered with MeckEd and the Mecklenburg County Youth Coalition to have one, centralized database that can be used by organizations and individual citizens alike to identify opportunities for youth. To find quality Out of School Time programs or mentoring opportunity near you, please visit www.mecked.org/the-locator.
The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance (MMA) connects Charlotte mentoring organizations to promote mentoring and its best practices through trainings and workshops, recognition, and establishing quality standards for service delivery. Learn more here.
The College Foundation of North Carolina will sponsor, NC Countdown to College this year, October 15 - 19. During NC Countdown to College week, counselors and others at North Carolina high schools will help seniors submit online college applications for admission through the CFNC application hub. Many North Carolina colleges and universities will waive their application fees that week. Additionally in October, CFNC will give extra help to students as they fill out their Free Application for Federal Aid, or FAFSA, to determine eligibility for college aid, and use the Residency Determination Service to determine if they qualify for in-state tuition. Learn more at their site here.
To help parents and kids prepare for school, the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department will be hosting immunization clinics in September. Children must have specific immunizations and a health assessment in order to attend North Carolina public schools. Required immunizations will be offered, while the health assessments will be offered off-site during the immunization clinics. Parents are reminded to bring their child’s official shot records and at least one form of identification.
Clinics and assessments will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dates and locations are listed below:
For more information, contact Public Health Director Gibbie Harris at 980-314-9020 or Gibbie.Harris@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
Charlotte City Council's Housing & Neighborhood Development Committee is inviting local community members to provide input on a revised Housing Locational Policy. The policy serves as a guide for the location of new affordable multi-family housing developments throughout the city. The goal of the revised policy is to reflect Charlotte's current housing landscape, needs, and priorities better. Community feedback meetings will be held 6:30—8 p.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, August 23
Myers Park United Methodist Church
1501 Queens Road
Tuesday, August 28
East Stonewall AME Zion Church
1729 Griers Grove Road
Thursday, September 6 *
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (Room 267)
600 East 4th Street
Tuesday, September 11
Greater Providence Baptist Church
2000 Milton Road
*This meeting will be streamed live on the City of Charlotte's Facebook page. You may provide your feedback by posting during the Facebook live stream.
For more information, visit Housing and Neighborhood Development here.
According to a report from the National Women's Law Center on Suspensions for Girls of Color by School District, Black girls are five times as likely as white girls to get suspended in schools across the country. The same report indicated that for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, Girls of Color account for a full 91% of school suspensions when they are only 69% of girls enrolled. Recently the Washington Post covered this issue in the District of Columbia, noting that "these punishments interrupt girls’ educations while sending dangerous messages to the school community: how a girl looks is more important than what she thinks, and girls are ultimately responsible for the misbehavior of boys.” Read the full article here.
The National Women's Law Center "has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families." The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. remains to committed to gender equity and advocacy on behalf of Black women and girls.
In April 2018, the Charlotte Observer reported that "developers are seeking almost $24 million worth of subsidies from Charlotte's Housing Trust Fund to build new affordable apartments throughout the city, as rents continue to rise." The city of Charlotte's Housing and Neighborhood Development committee is leading the charge to building "diverse and livable communities," and heard the developer's request at a recent meeting. Click here to learn more about the work of the committee and their steps toward diverse price point housing.
Early voting for the 2018 Mecklenburg County Primary Election ended on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Election day is Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 from 6:30am to 7:30pm -- all registered voters must vote in their assigned precinct. Do YOU know who is on your ballot? Click here to find out!
According to a new report from the League of Women Voters, Inc. of Charlotte - Mecklenburg, schools with high concentrations of students with lower socioeconomic status are much less likely to have principal and staff stability along with significant teacher experience and credentialing than schools with high percentages of more advantaged families. The report, "Important Statistical Trends in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools: A Comparison of Schools by Percent SES Composition" calls on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to acknowledge staffing issues, report on these issues annually, create and/or strengthen teacher retention efforts, and to "re-establish an Equity Committee of interested citizens that reflects the diversity of the community to focus on and assess progress on equity issues impacting student achievement." Click here to read the full report.
The League of Women Voters, Inc. of Charlotte - Mecklenburg is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. -- Queen City Metropolitan Chapter is committed to advocacy on behalf of black women and girls.
According to NC Policy Watch, HB 514, may facilitate the re-segregation of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. If passed, the bill "would allow the Charlotte suburbs of Mint Hill and Matthews to operate their own charter school" and "residents of Mint Hill and Matthews would be granted enrollment preference to any charter school operated by the municipalities." Notably, Mint Hill is 73 percent white. Matthews is 78 percent white while Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools serves a student population that is only 29 percent white. Effectively, the passage of HB 514 creates a separate and distinct educational opportunity for predominantly white student bodies. Click here to learn more about HB 514 and to read the pending legislation.
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