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Friday, January 14, 2(XM)
State Schools Earn High Marks in Study
North Carolina's mentoring
program for beginning
teachers impressed editors
of Education Weekly.
By Taena Kim
North Carolina’s public education
system received high marks fron.
Education Weekly for improving teacher
In its annual study released Tuesday,
Quality Counts 2000, ihe state's K 12
education system outranked many other
states in overall excellence, research
associate Greg Orlofskv said.
“Our special focus was to see how
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4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - The
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Eyes and the Moment of German
Music” in 103 Hill Hall. A reception
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cover personnel costs.
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port the evening Point-2-Point van ser
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states encourage people to enter the
teaching profession,” he said.
Orlofsky said one of North Carolina’s
most significant accomplishments was
requiring and funding more intensive
Quality Counts 2000 was also
impressed with North Carolina’s men
toring program for beginning teachers.
“(The mentoring program) is some
thing we think is very important,” he
said. “(North Carolina) ik one of the 10
states that do that.”
He said the outlook for North
Carolina seemed favorable overall due
to many policies that had already been
implemented, particularly the ABCs of
Public Education which emphasizes
school accountability for student acade
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12:30 p.m. - There will be an
a.p.p.l.e.s. summer internship infer
mation session in Union 208.
4:30 p.m. - An information session
on the Class of ’3B Summer
Fellowship Abroad will be held in
South Gallery. Applications for the fel
lowship are available at the International
Center, located in Union 116.
P2P Xpress buses.
The Student Facilities Debt Service
fee rose by $37.50 to pay for Student
Union renovations, which were
approved by a student referendum in
Patterson said the general fee increas
es would be 3.9 percent or less.
Patterson said he found the feat impres
sive because this was the first year with
out a state-imposed 5 percent cap on
“It speaks highly of us that we still
kept it this low even though there was
no cap in place.”
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Besides improving teacher quality,
states were graded on student standards
and accountability, as well as school cli
mate, on a scale of A to F.
In standards and accountability,
grades were based on the academic per
formance of students in core subjects
such as math, science, English and social
science in each state. North Carolina,
which regularly scores high in this cate
gory, was one of six states to receive the
highest marks in this category.
“We are quite pleased w ith the area of
improvements we have made,” said
Cecil Banks, associate education advisor
to Cov. Jim Hunt, who has made edu
cation a high priority during his tenure.
But the study did find some flaws in
the state’s education system.
For the past four years, North
Gates Names New Microsoft CEO
REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft
Chairman Bill Gates on Thursday pro
moted longtime friend and company
President Steve Ballmer to chief execu
tive officer of the software giant Cates
Cates said he was giving up the CEO
title so he could return “to what I love
most, focusing on technologies for the
Cates, who has turned over much of
the day-to-day operations of Microsoft
to Ballmer in the past year and a half,
will remain chairman and will also take
on the title of chief software architect.
Thursday’s announcement does not
necessarily mean he is giving up any
power in the company he co-founded in
1975 with Paul Allen.
Microsoft has made Cates the wealth
iest private individual in the world, with
a fortune estimated at more than SBO
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students suspended or dropping out of
school as problems facing society.
Ruby Sinreich, a former Town
Council candidate who helped organize
the celebration, said the rally would
stress the continuing need to address
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Carolina has failed to improve in school
climate, which consisted of class size,
student involvement, parental involve
ment and school enrollment.
“Obviously, we’re not pleased with
(the grade),” Banks said. “But only 15
states are ahead of us.”
He said student and parent involve
ment were soft categories because they
were based on principals’ perspec
tives.instead of data
But North Carolina was not the only
state with a small amount of participa
tion from parents. Orlofsky said 1996
and 1998 studies showed principals’ per
ceptions on parent involvement had
But local parents disagreed with the
findings. Kim Fahs, membership chair
woman of the Parent, Teacher and
Gates said he planned to dedicate his
time to fashioning and promoting the
“next generation” of Microsoft’s flagship
product, the Windows 2000 operating
He said he especially wanted to
develop software services that will be
hosted on the Internet and made part of
future versions of Windows.
Microsoft is working to make its pop
ular software, especially its Office suite
of business programs, available over the
Internet, in addition to the traditional
way of loading it onto individual per
“Steve’s promotion will allow me to
dedicate myself full time to my passion
- building great software and strategiz
ing on the future and nurturing and col
laborating with the core team helping
Steve run the company,” Gates said.
Ballmer will retain his title of presi
dent. He also will be given a seal on
civil rights issues.
“The point of Martin Luther King
(Jr.) Day is to remember his message,”
she said. “We don’t need to just be nice
to everyone - we need to make changes
on a systemic level as well.”
A1 McSurely, a member of the
Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition, said
the rally would also address the pro
posed tuition increase at UNC as a
Student Association at Chapel Hill High
School, said membership had increased
over the past two years.
She said the PTSA sent out letters to
ever)' parent, offering them opportuni
ties to volunteer at Chapel Hill High.
The FrSA was also working with the
Student Governance Committee to
address students’ needs.
Also, a petition to end class rankings
<had been a hotly debated subject at
Chapel Hill High School recently, and
the PTSA had been working to involve
more parents. “PTSA is working with
SCC to hold night meetings to hear par
ents’ opinions,” Fahs said. “Parents are
discovering better ways to get involved.”
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Microsoft’s board of directors.
“Fm certainly honored and very,
very excited about the opportunity,”
Ballmer, like Gates, has already
staked out a position against breaking up
the company, a possible remedy which
might be sought by the federal govern
ment and 19 states that are suing
Microsoft due to alleged antitrust viola
“1 think it would be absolutely reck
less and irresponsible for anyone to try
to break up this company,” Ballmer
said. “I think it w ould be unprecedented
and I think it would be the single greal
est disservice that anybody could do to
consumers in this count!)'... 1 just think
it would be reckless beyond belief.”
Ballmer, 42, was appointed president
of Microsoft in July 1998, giving him
direct responsibility for improving the
performance of all of the company’s
divisions and customer satisfaction.
threat to the availability of education.
The UNC system is currently consid
ering a plan that could boost tuition at
UNC by $475 in a three-year period.
“We see the tuition increase as a
direct attack on minorities and lower
income people in general,” he said.
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other changes were submitted until sum
mer officers were named in June 1999.
But Student Body Treasurer Ryan
Schlitt said he had worked with Elliott
last spring at Student Congress’ annual
budget hearings when Schlitt served.as
finance committee chairman.
“I do know he came and posed as
(BSM) treasurer during budget and con
gressional hearings,” Schlitt said.
Although Rodgers was named BSM
treasurer in October, Schlitt said he did
not w ork with Rodgers last year. “My
contacts were with (former BSM
President) Tamara Bailey and Brian
Elliott,” he said.
Faison said Elliott had a role in the
budget hearings because of his experi
ence. “Officially he wasn’t the treasur
er according to the records, but he was
still assisting,” Faison said. “Honestly,
had anyone known he wasn’t a student
he wouldn’t have been up there repre
senting our organization.”
CAA officials first became aware that
Elliott was not a student after his actions
as chief of staff came into question in
In a letter submitted to Student
Attorney General Drew Haywood on
Dec. 10, CAA Treasurer Patrick Frye
raised concerns that Elliott might have
intentionally made long-distance phone
calls using another member’s code to
disguise personal calls.
After reviewing the phone bills from
May through October, Free said CAA
officials’ attention was drawn to 39 calls
to Milton, N.C. by CAA member Casey
Privette, among other things.
One of the Milton numbers is regis
tered under Daphne Elliott of 121
Jordan Lane. The same phone number
and address were listed in (he UNC
1997-98 directory as Brian Elliott’s
home number and address.
Pruitt said questionable calls had been
made under Elliott’s personal identifica
tion number and the personal identifica
tion numbers of three other CAA mem
bers. As chief of staff, Elliott handled the
numbers for all Cabinet members.
“He’s the one who got (UNC
Telecommunications) to assign PIN
numbers - it all went through him,”
Frye said Elliott offered to pay for
personal calls he had made.
Elliott was terminated as CAA chief
of staff Dec. 9, Pruitt said. On Dec. 10,
Frye submitted CAA concerns and evi
deuce in a letter to Haywood, turning
the matter over to the Flonor Court.
YV hile Haywood could not speak op
the specifics of any Honor Court cases
because of the Family Education and
Rights to Privacy Act, he said the mis
use of University property could fall
under several instruments of the Code
of Student Conduct.
Although Elliott has not been
enrolled since summer 1998, he can still
be treated as a student under the Code
of Student Conduct because he has not
officially withdrawn, according to
The code slates, “Jurisdiction under
the Code of Student Conduct may be
exercised at any time between the stu
dent’s initial enrollment and the granti
ng of his degree or other termination of
If a student is not enrolled at the time
of the violations, the Honor Court can
take that information into consideration
when deciding sanctions. Haywood said.
“ The members can say that the stu
dent cannot enroll for the next semester
and at the student’s return (he or she)
will be on probation,” he said.
Haywood said he could not remem
ber any previous incident involving a
person who held a student officer posi
tion without being enrolled as a UNC
student. “I can’t think of any situation,"
he said. “But I think that there might be
certainly some reason to consider that
an Honor Code offense.”
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