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Local News Archives for 2021-04

ABSS Will Be Offering Summer School To Catch Up

The North Carolina General Assembly is still working on a bill to try and help our kids catch up from the educational losses caused by the Governor’s shutdown of public schools. One of the bills would require all public schools to offer at least 6 weeks of summer school. Parents could still opt out of sending their kids though. Another bill would focus on 3rd grade reading, which educators say is key to success in the rest of the kids' lives. The last time the General Assembly passed such a bill, the Governor vetoed it, even though he has claimed repeatedly that early reading skills are a priority for him. 

Former Alamance County Commissioner Pushes For Open Government

North Carolina State Senator Amy Galey continues to make her mark on the General Assembly. Galey is pushing a bill that would force the government to be more open on why a taxpayer supported employee was disciplined or fired, or promoted. It is called the Government Transparency Act of 2021. Galey, a former Alamance County Commissioner, says the public has a right to know when and why any police officer, teacher or any other government employee is disciplined, demoted or fired. This is not the first time the General Assembly has tried to make the government bureaucracy more honest. A similar bill in the late 1990’s passed the state Senate, but was killed in the state House. In 2011 the same idea was passed in the state House but died in the State Senate.

Activists Look For Democrat Scientists To Run For Office In North Carolina

If you are a scientist, a new political action group wants you to run for political office in North Carolina. Unless of course, you are a politically conservative scientist. 314 Action says its goal is to get Democrat scientists in office in North Carolina, to push for climate change laws and advance the narrative that the world will end in 12 years. The group says it is targeting North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Lawsuits Filed Against Graham PD

A couple of local activist groups have now filed suit against the Graham Police Department. They say hiring a former Greensboro officer who was fired for shooting at the car of an escaping suspect is putting minorities at risk in Alamance County. On the face of it, that would seem curious, but the real complaint is that officer Doug Strader was one of 8 Greensboro officers investigated back in 2018, after a black suspect died while in police custody. All of those officers were cleared of any wrong-doing. Graham Police spokesmen say Strader is being treated like any other rookie cop, and is undergoing training.

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