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'The Twin City's Award-Winning Weekly"
VOL. XVIII, No. 48
Brown offers redistricting plan
? School board member-elect wasted no time drafting her plan. It includes suggestions
for reducing busing and improving educational programs whije keeping racial balance
By SHERIDAN HILL
Chronicle Managing Editor
Long-time school administrator
Geneva Brown won't officially join
the city-county school board until
November, but she has already
drafted a plan to address the board's
Her plan, made available to the
Chronicle this week, includes fe
community survey which would be
printed in local newspapers, and
puts forth four main goals to guide
the redisricting effort
Tuesday of this week, school
board member Dr. Gerald Hewitt
announced a motion to create an ad
hoc redisricting committee that
would include ? as voting mem
bers ? newly-elected Geneva
Brown and Walter Marshall. They,
along with other black leaders, have
repeatedly denounced the all-white
board's decision to discuss plans for
redistricting and busing before the
?black members are seated.
In the meantime, Brown has
been busy creating a plan. Follow
ing are some of its key ideas.
Give 'em schools of choice
The first goal is to continue a
racially integrated system. One
method to achieve that would be to
set up magnet school programs in
schools that are naturally racially
balanced. Brown also recommends
developing a variety of magnet
schools on the perimeter of the. city
to attract students from various seg
ments of the community; exploring
the possibility of having some
are naturally racially balanced pop
choice with certain limits.
The "schools of choice" idea
has been championed by many
black leaders nationwide. Parents
who are unhappy with the school
their child has been assigned to now
have very little choice, other than
expensive private schools. The only
public schools of choice in Forsyth
County are the two alternative
schools, Kimberley Park Elemen
tary and Moore Elementary, whose
enrollment is limited and chosen by
lottery. The Downtown school is an
alternative school ? but over 60%
of its enrollment is reserved for
children of RJR employees. RJRri s
the founding corporation fo; the
a limited number of students out
side its district
Reduce those satellite districts
The second goal in Brown's
proposal is to improve the quality of
educational programs for elemen
tary schools. She suggests eliminat
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wouM be disruptive, Farrakhan said Saturday.
'Change Is disruptive. If you are a leader for
change, then you are to disrupt the tiling you are to
change. Jreroc decided to end his presidential ran t
last week, saying he didn't believe he could win 1
sod he feared the election would be thrown faMff tts
House of Representatives.
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Pioneer black aviator dies
CHICAGO ? Pioneer black aviator Willa
Brown Chappell, who helped break down racial
fifticrs in die U.S. military, has died at age 86. A
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, Kentucky native and resident of Chicago s South ,
Side, Chappell died Saturday of a stroke at Betnaid
She formed the National Airmen's Association
Of America, the first black aviators' group, after
receiving her pilot's certififste in 193?, : :?
Teens threaten black family
VOORHEES TOWNSHIP. N J. ? Six white
teen-agers have been cbaqpd with putting a Con
federate flag sod a pipe bomb ohm Had: family's
front lawn, police said. Illp
; Police charged all six Thuradhy with making
terroristic threats against the ftmtyby ptadng the
and Ae bomb on their lawn Jue 30. The teens,
aged 16- to 17-yeats-old, also wan chafed with
possession of a destructive device, iwwdkiuihig
an explosive device and juvenile delinquency. _
Help thorn get to the nationals!
1992 National Playoffs
The Winston Lake AAU basketball team for 13-year-olds held a fish-fry and yard sale fundraiser July
18 In ths parking lot of Mt. Zlon Baptist Church. They plan to continue their fund drive until their
departure to San Antonio, Texas, where they will compete in the national tournament July 31. Pic
tured (left to light) are Rhamen Love-Lane, Jon Skinner, and Jeffrey Henlghan.
New school hopes to bring children to bloom
? Founders seek to close the achievement gap
between African-American and white students
By SHERIDAN HILL
Chronicle Managing Editor
Crystal Pearson likes to point out
that kindergarten means "garden of chil
dren." She has just been hired as the
kindergarten teacher for the new Quality
Education Institute, and it is with great
pleasure that she expresses her ideas
about child development.
"Children are growing, just like a
garden, and they have to be nurtured,"
she says. "But they need discipline, too.
The children here will develop a love for
As early as third grade, a disturbing
gap between the achievement of
African-American and white students
shows up on national and local test
scores. But a small group of African
American students may soon have their
first chance at learning in an environ
ment designed especially for them.
Quality Education Institute, the
city's newest private school, will open
August 24 and follow the same calendar
as public schools. The school is licensed
by the state, and curriculum is state
approved. The two classes, one kinder
garten and one first grade, will be limit
ed to 1 5 students.
An 11 -member board of directors,
chaired by local business owner Simon
Johnson, will establish policy and over
"Our primary focus is on excellence
in academic education, teaching moral
conduct and Christian values," says
Johnson. Although the school will be
located in the Church of Christ on Carv
er Road, Johnson stresses that no church
doctrine will be taught. "We expect to
have every denomination and creed here.
We're not trying to indoctrinate, but to
enlighten as to the existence of God, to
provide spiritual guidelines."
Tuition will be $210 monthly, and
Johnson says he hopes to have some
scholarships available (partial and full).
Parents will be urged to attend monthly
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? Convention delegates sup
port the Clinton-Gore ticket
By CAROLE RAGINS
Community News Editor
According to dele
gate Earline Parmon, a
Forsyth County com
missioner who returned
from the Democratic
Convention in New
York City earlier this
week, this year's ticket
will get people excited
about voting. "I believe
the black community
will support the ticket,"
said Parmon. "I want to
share with the people in my community the message
that we are going to have to be part of change and we
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(L-R) Simon Johnson, board chairman of Quality Education Institute, reads
with a student as Crystal Pearson, kindergarten teacher, and Heddy Rice,
assistant teacher, look on.
workshops or meetings, "to let them When asked how the school would
know what we expect, and what to close the achievement gap between
expect from us. Please see page A 12
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