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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, June 14, 1984, Page 2A, Image 2

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Substitute Fc • Sflidents who seek employ ment after high school gradua tion need to master the same basic academic skills as the pqltege-bound person. Therefore, ' taxational training and technical education are no substitute for education in the core competen dtlS. These are important - because the major asset the d&ployers want in a high school graduate is basically “the ability to learn and to adapt to changes in the workplace” as opposed to mastery of a particular set of job skills. .This statement summarizes a National Academy of Science panel report of business and education leaders titled, High Schools and the Changing Work place.” It is a report that appears worthy of commenting on as our nation’s youth and teachers are departing from school for the summer, and for many, the seeking of permanent or summer jobs. Richard Heckert, vice chair man and chief operating officer of the E.I. DuPont Co., and Chairman of the 20 member panel said the report is con cerned only with high school graduates who do not attend college, whom he said “repre sent the largest segment of the American work force and play a critical and central role in the nation’s economy’.’ "Mr. Heckert added that the panel was seeking to set forth a Set of core competencies that include: The ability to read, write, reason and compute, including a mastery of “standard English in its written and spoken forms” .andelementaryalgebra An understanding of American economic and social life. Possession of the attitudes and personal habits that make for a dependable worker; and Computer literacy Equally significant, and we -think worthy of Special empha sis, Mr. Heckert also noted that: Computer literacy is overrated and a lousy tradeoff as a substitute for basic skills because the computer will soon be a simple tool that anyone can operate. “Young people must under stand that the standards of be havior, speech (no so-called “Mack English’’> and dress expected of employees often differ markedly from those ddgdPted in student circles.’’ i JJiere are two interesting and ‘ 4« r Education? related factors that help to explain the significance of the Academy’s report. First, a new state-wide test of writing skills given to North Carolina’s ninth grade students during the past school year produced troubling results. Almost half the students - 45.4 percent - scored the lowest possible grade - one - on the test and only one percent made a four, the highest score. In all fairness, the test itself, which Was designed to measure students’ ability to communicate an idea, resulted in such poor results that many charges have been made of flaws in the test. Haws In Test - Some student argued that the test’s instructions were ambiguous and many parents added with justification that grading a writing test is at best a subjective undertaking. Interestingly enough, educators themselves have now been charged with using a form of educators’ bureaucratic language that might explain why our 9th-graders did so poorly on the test. Education news reporters claim, for . example, that educators too often talk about the “basic fundamentals” with no reference nor understanding of other fundamentals. Then too they call school teachers “class room managers” and students have become “education users.” And students don’t work on math problems, rather they spend “time-on-task.” Much similar nonsense language is often used. - ‘ V;- »'/' •'*- * -A. ••'••‘vV . jjS^SMise- three H core competencies, munication test scores,^ , communication skill# -.of '"educators - should be.. serious criticism over school year, some just __ some not, but the inconsistencies between our observati as within them need the^a _ of the schools and parent* It is time we gave ■serittisi thought to the fun mea'nfrgw? learning and adapting eitheqptf an educator, a student -ory^av : parent. * I County Commissioners Urged To Adopt School System Budget Requests Dear Mr. Johnson: We, the undersigned fa culty and staff of Park Road Elementary School, respectfully urge the Meck lenburg Board of County Commissioners to adopt the Charlotte-Meek lenburg School System’s budget requests for 1964-85 without reduction. Insupportlhere ...ok-wa -ask that the fot lowing be considered. 1) Over the past two decades the school sys tem’s portion of the total county budget has gradual ly declined, notwithstand ing the {act that the pu blic demands--HKJB-th* schools have steadily in creased. 2. We understand that the recent one-half percent sales tax Increase waxaar marked for schools. We are concerned, however, that even if these funds ac tually filter down to the schools, that increase may be offset by corresponding decreases or “cutting of corners” in other seg ment^) of the budget, thus effectively nullifying the enhancement impact of the new sales tax. We urge that 4kU U--i * » uiis oe avoiaea. —— 3) The county portion of the school budget must provide salary increases for locally-paid school em ployees at levels that will match, in full, increases provided by the North Carolina General Assem bly to state-paid school employees. 4) The Teacher Career Development Program promises to bring many improvements in the edu cation of our county’s children by enabling the schools to attract and hold the better-qualified teach ers. If this program is to begin, the county must provide start-up funds. We urge that such local fund ing be approved. 5) Fringe benefits for school employees have not kept pace with other pu blic employees. We urge, especially, that the term life and dental insurance .ttrArfrnfYiQ Kva _. I>twjjittiii>j ue lumiru on 8 level with other county em ployees. Respectfully signed: Rowena Simmons, Cora Ann Hudson, LaRue L. Perry, Linda Halgh, Thel ma Campbell, Virginia Hollingsworth, Robert Allen, Margaret Gfeesham, Alberta Pugh, Patricia E. Gribble, Willie Brown, Vi Falen, Emily Justus, Bar . bt«» McArthur, Betty T. Alsbrooks, Julie Kittle, Martha Mallory, Linda McLean, Sandy Selden, Al thea Gamer, Barbara Seegars, Doris Stinson, Eartha B- Fleming, Caro lyn L. Newman, Betty T. Werts, Maxine W. Sterner, Carol R. Helms, Sandra B. Mullineaux, Jean P. Black, Louise Vaughns, Vivian F. Collins, Vanessa J. Robin ette, Wanda Webb, Dolly V. Green. Nancy Rogers Zigorra, Cornell Mcllwain, and Charfnagne O. Burns. cypresses Appreciation Dear Sir: On behalf of the Metro lina FoodBank, Inc., I would like to express our appreciation to you for your assistance in publi cizing the food drive held _ at the recent Kenny Ro gers' concert in Charlotte. Your publicity generated far more than the food that was collected. We have benefltted from the height ened public awareness of the problem of hunger, (be increased awareness of the Food Bank as one solu tion, the response from potential volunteers, and new groups wishing ta per ticipate with the Food Bank. We appreciate your in terest and assistance. Lynn B. Sanders '■'::the charlotte post ■. . “THE PEOPLE’S NEWSPAPER” ■turu Established 1918 Published Every Thursday *> The Charlotte Post Publishing Co., Inc. Subscription Rate $17.68 Per Year a-- --— Second Class Postage No. 965500 Postmaster Send 3579s to: 7A1531 Camden Rd., Charlotte, N.C. 28203 Telephone: 704-376-0496 Circulation: 11,023 ^ 106 Years of Continuous Service BUI Johnson Bernard Reeves ..VYan Farrar : Dannette Gaither Editor, Publisher General Manager Advertising Director Office Manager , . Second Class Postage No. 965500 Paid At Charlotte, North Carolina Under the Act of March 3,1878 Member, National Newspaper Publishers* Association North Carolina Black Publishers Association Deadline for all news copy and photos Is 5 p.m., Monday. All photos and copy rfnbmltted become the property of The Post and will not be returned. National Advertising Representative ~ Amalgamated Publishers, Inc. 8 Mlehl|(«» A™. in. Milt rW*i»et »-*2* « W 45th 84.. 14*3 Now York, New York IM3« 212-4 R3-I220 From Capitol HiU Justice Department Switches Sides Alfreds L. Madison Special To The Post . .Ten years after the 1964 Civil Righto Act, the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County, Alabama, were unmoved by its mandates. Both discriminated against Blacks and women in their hiring practices. Women and Blacks were relegated to the lower-paying jobs, with the least opportunity for advancement and be nefits. White male employ ees were assigned to the more desirable, higher paying jobs with the great est opportunities for ad vancement. In 1974, Blacks and women filed a class action suit in the United States District Court for tbs Northern District of Ala bama against the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County for their discrim inatory practices based on race and sex. The civil service tests administered by Jefferson County end Birmingham were discriminatory, which did not conform to guidelines issued by tbs Equal Employment Op portunities Commission. _Of th£ 624 firemen in_ Birmingham, ~onIy~Two were Bleak. There were •49 Birmingham police, 41 of whom were Black The Blacks that were hired by Birmingham and Jeffer son County ware subjected to racially discrimina Alfreds L. Madison - tory acta and conditions Around half of the em ployees of the 8treet and Sanitation Departmsnt' were Black. They collected the garbage, trash and dead animals. These were unclassified dirty low paying labor Jobs with no chance for promotion or pension benefits. Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights filed the suit on behalf of the Block plain Uffa. They charged Bir mingham and Jefferso*' County with violating Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and tha Equal Protec tion Claus# of the Four teenth Amendment. A brief wee filed by the L.S. Department of Uce for enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Righto Act of 1964, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1966 and the nondiscrimination provision of the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972. After the District Court found discrimination in the Birmingham and Jefferson County hiring practices, which were upheld by the Appeals Court and refused review by the Supreme Court, the City of Birming ham, Jefferson County, plaintiffs and the Jus tice Department entered a consent decree. This de cree seeks to correct dis crimination against Blacks and women which were re veaied by the trial record. It ensures against a re currence of future race and sex employment discrim ination. The decree pro vides for accelerated re cruitment certification and promotion of women and Blacks. It precludes hiring of UMJQglified Blacks and women, or rejection of de monstrably better quali fied white males in favor of less qualified Blacks and women. In 1982, white nudes brought a suit against the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County for its implementation of the con sent decree. They allege that Blacks are being the deference of whites They complain that Blacks are being Mred over whites who have scored higher on Civil Service tests and with leas related Job experience than whites. The Courts ruled that the t<*ts were discriminatory. It’s impossible for Blacks to have had as much ex perience in civil service positions as whites because scarcely any Blacks held dvil service positions be fore implementation of the consent decree. Justice Department Civil Rights division under As sistant Attorney General William Bradford Rey nolds filed a brief on behalf of the white males, even though the Justice Depart ment played a great role in effecting the consent de cree. i,.. When the decree was presented to the District Court no one objected to any parts of It. For the Justice Department to change its course would be inconceivable if if were not in keeping with the Rea gan Administration’s very strong determination to turn back the clock on all dvil rights gains. This is just another facet of Mr. Reagan’s efforts to keep Ms campaign promise to the Heritage Foundation, to make getting rid of dvil rights a top priority. The Justice Department tntrodrasd* new tntarpre tation of the consent de cree, which states that race and sex discrimination can be remedied by hiring and promoting qualified Blacks, even If white mates may be considered better qualified. Openfr ] What GSmes Guninnm Ri^ht To Cut School BrS<? Mr. T.L. Odom, Chairman Board of County Commis sioners 720 East Fourth Street Charlotte, N.C. 28202 Dear Mr. Odom, What gives the County Have you^tate^&^Valiil through the schools to see ' the condition nf btiilriingg looked at the furniture and checked the equipment to jUt i* in good shape? Wy&i l&KNflyavr ipany schools ,*#*re Tnol “'’kii< conditiooeaT If Aid*drug and. alcohol program important? Are buses safe? Is <the art program important? The questions can go on and on, but as I look over the ‘ proposed budget I realize that^tnese are somd of the areas that will take the cuts. As president of the Chariot te-Mecklenburg Council of PTA I have talked, with just about every president in the PTA. As I listen to their concerns and what they are doing to improve their schools and provide educational materials for the students I am appalled as to the kind of things they have going on to raise money for many needs. I dare say out of 100 schools in our system that parents have raised well over $200,000.00 dollars to provide for students. If you pull the parents out, you lose this money and education suffers more. However, parents do care but when did it become our responsibility to have to fund even moce lbaa what we are doing like you, we trust to guide officers in tL that will best j our students.__ __ The parents have offered a great deal to our com .mutotv to help in our [js£hobls; to do things for our SlotMift, if you and your board make the cuts in the budget that wiIT~eTrect ~ education as a whole, in the long run only the students will suffer. ,-,Vjfj,k8k you to* lease review other areas to make cuts, but to give careful consideration to the proposed budget for the school. i - — ' The school system has worked hard to improve the quality of education for our students and you all hold in your hands the answer to trfto continue to improve the quality of education here in Charlotte. As you well know that Charlotte has received National recogni tion for many of their programs. Again I urge you to please give careful consideration to the cuts in the budget and to approp riate the funds needed for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Thank You, Jackie C. Shore, President ' Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council of PTA 3439 Windsor Dr Charlotte. N.C. 28209 DXi <rHianks* Supporten Dear Editor: There were a lot of happy people at D.G. Martin for Congress headquarters the eveningJune 5, when the ,rim-off election results* piest, I suppose, but hu£ dreds of my supporters shared the excitement of our winning the Democra tic nomination for the 9th District Congressional seat I want to thank the voters for their confidence in our approach to the cam paign: our emphasis on issues, on independence, on fiscal responsibility, on ex perience. They showed that they care about these im portant factors, and I will continue to emphasise these factors in the wrontiia ' leading up to the Novem ber election. I wantto thank Ben Tison for his endorsement of my candidacy in the run-off, and Susan Green for con ducting a clean and pro fessional campaign. I know that both of these strong, capable political leaders will provide outstanding service to the people of this area for many years to 'l yi* r _ Andl want to thank those volunteers who backed me in this race with their hours of effort, their enthu siasm, their money, their la tents, tneir comn^pient, and their beliefs in my potential as their next Con gressman. Quite simply, I could not have won without them. I urge Democratic, Republican, and Indepen dent voters in the 9th Dis trict to study carefully the points that all the can didates make in their cam paigns in the weeks and months ahead In the Con gressional race, in particu lar, I believe there are differences that make me a strong choice as the Con gressman who can best represent all the people of this great district of our state. Sincerely, D.G. Martin Manorial May Take Oner Continued From Page ia after the Fountain House program in New York. The foals are to help clients acquire independent living and pre- vocational skill* so hat they spend less time in wspitala and are better able to hold down Jobs. Mental Health Services also provides marriage and amily counseling, indivi h*al and group therapy, ind medication when aeeded. There are special anagrams for children and adolescents; workshops on i variety of mental health topics, such as "Overcom ing Depression," “Stress Management,” “Assertive Behavior,” and “Enhanc ing Interpersonal Rela tionships"; and consul tation to other agencies and community groups. •' The professional staff in cludes masters level social workers and psychologists, Ph.D.’s, and psychiatrists. All services are available to residents of Mecklen burg County. Pees are based on ability to pay. For further information, Wl 175-3575. Using l ax Strategies WASHINGtON, DC - rhe American Association >f State Colleges and Jniversities (AASCU), in cooperation with the iccountlng Arm of Coopers « Lybrand,. this week Miblished a 40-page booklet hat outlines a number of inancial planning eOhniques, Including the ise of tax shelters, that can lelp middle-income •rents provide for their children’* college duca turns._;_£ Allan W. Os tar, prea Sent of AASCV, says the wklet, “Early Planning or College CoaU: A Guide dr Parents,’’ Is designed to help meet the needs of •rents who fear they night not be able to afford 0 "at U»tr children to college.” Os tar notes that for moat middle-income parents, the coat oTcollage educational" for their children is rapidly becoming an over whelming financial burden. “While fees are 1M student being drastically especially for , middle-income Copies of "Early Planning fgf'CbBageCoiiia: A Guide for Paints” can be purchased for W OO each from Early Planning for CdJege Coats, PO Box <«7, Rockville, MD aoeso Members of the Press can obtain copies by calling AASCU’s Public Informa tion Office

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