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Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Silk Hope, NC - On Thursday October 3, North Carolina House District Representative, Deb McManus, visited Silk Hope School as part of the National Week of Action organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and Progressive States Action. Legislators, teachers, advocates, and families across the country are taking part to lift up the voices, the messages, and the policies that advance the NCAE vision of a strong educational infrastructure for America.
Representative McManus toured the school, stopping for lunch duty where she talked with students about her role as their district representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives and answered various questions. Afterward, she met with third-grade teachers about specific concerns regarding recent legislative actions and the impact of those actions on the classroom.
Second-grade students interacted with Representative McManus as they read aloud a book called What to do in an Emergency, by Christine Wolf. After reading, they shared their personal experiences involving emergencies and what they did during those emergencies.
McManus met with teachers after school in the school media center. They voiced concerns over recent legislative actions such as removal of extra pay for teachers receiving Master’s degrees, Fellows Program removal, and the effects of budget cuts such as fewer teacher assistants and fewer science kits. The number of science kits has been reduced making it more difficult to engage the students in science. They are much more engaged with the hands on approach that comes with the kits. The science kits were implemented during McManus’ term on the Chatham County Board of Education. She was instrumental in bringing them to Chatham County Schools.
“It was great having Rep. McManus visit Silk Hope School. We enjoyed having her visit the classrooms, work in small reading groups, and meet with our staff. She was able to see how the recent cuts to the state education budget are effecting classrooms, and she took time to listen to the personal struggles teachers are experiencing due to the cuts. We appreciate Representative McManus' ongoing support for public education,” stated Chad Morgan, principal at Silk Hope School.