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Archive for January, 2012

VOTE 2012: Congressman McIntyre open to running for governor

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS RELEASE) — U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre released the following statement today,

“Governor Beverly Perdue has been a dedicated and determined North Carolina public servant. She has always done her best to put North Carolina first, she has been a true champion for our state’s educational system and a fighter for ensuring that our kids get a world-class education. Dee and I wish her and her family the best!

“My heart and passion are in public service and going to work each and every day to build consensus and move North Carolina forward.

“The ideals and issues that make our state and nation great do not belong to either political party. I love North Carolina; I love serving its people; and I am always open to considering broader opportunities to serve, including the possibility of Governor.”

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Wilmington the test market for commercial white spaces network

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

White spaces, often called "super Wi-Fi," are the unused spectrum between TV stations

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Complaint filed against New Hanover Co. Schools over seclusion rooms

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County School District is once again taking heat for the use of “seclusion rooms.” A family has filed a formal complaint with the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

The parents of a special needs five-year-old filed the complaint. They believe disabled students are being treated unfairly when it comes to seclusion rooms.

“It’s not talked about. It’s kept quiet. It’s New Hanover County Schools’ dirty little secret,” said Sara Reider, a parent of a special needs child.

Reider’s child has been put in a seclusion room multiple times. She’s not the person who filed a complaint against the school system, but she is part of NC Fear Free Education, a local group that is trying to get seclusion rooms banned.

“It can exacerbate behaviors. Children are dehumanized. They’re traumatized. There’s long lasting effects. They’re stressed. Anxiety increases,” Reider said of seclusion rooms.

The small, padded seclusion rooms are used for children with special needs, and they are often a part of their individual education plan, or IEP.

“It’s not an idea that you’re putting somebody in an area and you’re going to put them there for a specified period of time until they can quote ‘learn how to behave.’ That’s not what it’s all about. It’s about deescalation, safety, so they can’t hurt themselves or hurt someone else,” New Hanover Co. Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday said.

Holliday says when it comes to seclusion rooms they follow House Bill 1032, which is known as the Greenblatt Act. But Reider says that does not make it right.

“The law is quite convoluted,” she said. “There’s a lot of leeway in there. It’s hard for anybody to read that law and understand what is what.”

As for the formal complaint filed this week, it claims children with special needs are discriminated against, because the rooms are specifically for them. Dr. Holliday has a different take.

“There are lots of intervention that you may use for children who are entitled that you may not use for someone else because they don’t need that intervention, so everyone’s individual education plan is just that: it is individual,” he said. “Interventions that are used in all those plans are specific to that particular child.”

The family who filed the complaint wishes to remain anonymous.

As of now, the school district has not received official word of the formal complaint.

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Topsail Beach approves water tower plan

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Building a tower on the roughly 10,000-square-foot lot will prevent the disruption of service.

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Two local military aid groups vie for U.S. honor

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

"Canines for Veterans" and HeartsApart.org, were selected for the Joining Forces Community Challenge.

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