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April 21-25, 2014

April 21-25, 2014

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April 21stApril 21stApril 21st---25th, 201425th, 201425th, 2014 
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The Week Ahead at DMHS….The Week Ahead at DMHS….The Week Ahead at DMHS….The Week Ahead at DMHS….
Mon. April 21st, 2014: Mon. April 21st, 2014: Mon. April 21st, 2014: Mon. April 21st, 2014:
3:30-4:00pm: Staff Meeting w/ the Pierce Group (mandatory)
6:30pm: Beta Club Inductions Tues. April 22nd: Tues. April 22nd: Tues. April 22nd: Tues. April 22nd:
8:30-10:45am: ABC Project conclusion *Mrs. Miles will send an email with directions for the children
8:30-9:30am: EOC/MSL testing meeting in  guidance conference room Wed. April 23rd: Wed. April 23rd: Wed. April 23rd: Wed. April 23rd:
3:30-5:30pm: SLT meeting in Staten’s room Thurs. April 24th: Thurs. April 24th: Thurs. April 24th: Thurs. April 24th: Fri. April 25th: Fri. April 25th: Fri. April 25th: Fri. April 25th: Upcoming Events: Upcoming Events: Upcoming Events: Upcoming Events: May 8th: Report Cards GO HOME May 10th: 1:00pm: 1st Annual Phoenix Corn Hole Tourney!!! May 12th: Staff Meeting May 16th: Prom May 23rd: Progress Reports go home May 26th: Memorial Day Holiday  June 13th: Last day of school (Early release day)  June 14th: Graduation: All certified staff required to attend  June 17th: Report Cards go home  June 16th-18th: Teacher Workdays
Tillis and Berger jump into the Tillis and Berger jump into the Tillis and Berger jump into the voucher lawsuit voucher lawsuit voucher lawsuit
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Late Monday, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger made good on their threat to seize the reins from Attorney General Roy Cooper in the school voucher litigation, asking the Supreme Court to let them step in and press their case for letting the voucher program move forward. Neither Tillis nor Berger are named defendants in the voucher lawsuit, but they’re seeking to inject themselves by virtue of a bill rushed through the General Assembly late last summer which they claim gives them that right. The move follows Cooper’s decision not to appeal an order entered by Superior Court  Judge Robert Hobgood in February, temporarily halting the program while he reviews its constitutionality. Cooper’s office had defended his decision as the prudent course to take given the costs likely to be incurred and the possibility that the program might ulti-mately be rejected by the courts. But Tillis and Berger are impatient – so much so that in the face of public criticism that they’re acting with reckless abandon, the two legislative leaders are nonetheless insistent on pushing their school choice agenda through by ask-ing the high court to jump start the “Opportunity Scholarship” program for the 2014-15 school year – costs be damned. “As if it isn’t bad enough that a single trial court’s ruling could trap underprivileged children in schools that don’t fit their needs for another school year, it could also poten-tially wipe out programs to help students all across North Carolina,” Berger and Tillis said in a joint statement. “We are taking action to make sure these unintended and far-reaching consequences don’t become reality.” Tension between the Attorney General and state lawmakers grew last session as the majority in the General Assembly pushed through a blistering conservative agenda, some of which Cooper openly questioned. He opposed provisions of a bill eliminating permits for handguns, and did the same with respect to provisions of the abortion bill. In late July, Cooper also sent a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, saying that the sweeping voting changes enacted by the General As-sembly were unnecessary, expensive, burdensome and likely to lead to costly litigation. Cooper asked the governor to veto the bill. Cooper had not, though, refused to defend the state in any case — despite his own views. But his comments were enough for Re-publicans in the General Assembly to pass another midnight-hour bill giving their legis-lative leaders the ostensible right to jump into lawsuits and defend legislation they’ve passed, seemingly without restriction. “With all these public political statements, we want to have an option in case [Cooper] doesn’t vigorously defend the statute and the laws of North Carolina when they are tak-en to court,” Rep. Paul (“Skip”) Stam told the Winston-Salem Journal after the bill’s pas-sage. Whether the bill itself, ultimately signed by the governor in August, properly au-thorizes intervention by legislative leaders, and whether intervention is appropriate at this juncture of the voucher case, are open questions. Other states have adopted similar measures, according to Jeanette Doran, who as director of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law released a memo discussing the intervention bill shortly before the governor signed it into law. (While at the Institute, Doran authored several reports supporting recent legislative initi-atives, including the voucher program. She is now a candidate for a seat on the state Su-preme Court.)

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