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The weather services are expecting freezing conditions again tonight (Friday). With the potentially treacherous roads and with the loss of power experienced by many in Forsyth County, the Precint Meetings and County Convention are being cancelled for Saturday, March 8. The first of next week, we will check with the venue to set a new date.
The 2014 Forsyth County Republican Party Precinct Meetings and County Convention are just a few weeks away. If you are a registered Republican, please join us!
When: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where: Forsyth Tech – West Campus, 1300 Bolton St, Winston-Salem, NC
8:30 – 9:00 – Registration
9:00 – 9:30 – Precinct Meetings
9:30 – 10:30 – Executive Committee Meeting
10:30 – 12:30 – County Convention
You can register on the County Convention page above.
Note: If you would like to be a delegate to the North Carolina Republican Party Convention in June, you must register for the County Convention.
Resolutions: If you have a resolution that you would like to have submitted for a vote at the County Convention, check the County Convention page for details.
Letter to the Forsyth County Board of Education
Dear Forsyth County Board of Education Members,
I received an e-mail this afternoon concerning a proposed resolution opposing school vouchers. I read the proposed resolution and an accompanying news release with interest. I would like to ask the Forsyth County Board of Education to oppose this resolution.
The most disturbing issue with this resolution is the underlying assumption that parents are not smart enough to make the correct decisions for their children and that they need the government to make those choices for them. The reasons that are listed in the resolution for opposing school vouchers are exactly the reasons that we should be supporting school vouchers. Let me review these:
“WHEREAS, the voucher program created in the budget bill does not require participating private schools to provide students with the opportunity to receive a sound basic education, as required by the N.C. Constitution;”
The assumption with this statement is that parents aren’t smart enough to select a private school that can provide a “sound basic education” for their children and the government must make the choice for them. This is insulting to every parent in NC. The fact is that any parent that decides to use a voucher for their children are going to care enough about their children to ensure that their children are in a school where they are properly educated. The reality is that school vouchers allow parents, especially those who are less financially able, to escape for the public school system if they do not believe that their public school is providing a “sound basic education” to their children. Without question, there are many public schools in NC that don’t meet this very basic standard. School vouchers provide parents and children hope that their are other options available to them.
“WHEREAS, the voucher program requires the State Board of Education to reduce funding to each local board of education in an amount equal to the local board’s per pupil allocation for average daily membership multiplied by the number of students who have received vouchers and were enrolled in the local board’s schools during the prior semester;”
This is called competition. If the public school system wants to keep students in the public system, then this fear of losing students to private schools will encourage the public schools to compete for these students. As stated in the news release, the value of a voucher is a fraction of what is spent per student in the public school system. The state of NC will actually save money as these vouchers are exercised which also encourages the public school system to reduce their costs in order to compete. Reducing costs and raising standards in order to compete with private schools is a big win for the parents, students, teachers and taxpayers in NC.
“WHEREAS, reducing funding to public schools to fund a private school voucher program, particularly in the wake of substantial cuts to public education funding during the previous five years, will significantly impair local boards’ ability to ensure that students have the opportunity to receive a sound basic education, as required by the N.C. Constitution;”
This is absolutely false. The is called competition. Competition will force public schools to find better, less costly ways to educate students. The competition will also force public schools to compete for teachers as the demand for teachers in the private schools increases with vouchers.
“WHEREAS, the voucher program created in the budget bill uses public funds for a non-public purpose, in violation of the N.C. Constitution;”
This is also a patently false statement. The voucher program uses public funds for the public purpose of educating children in NC. The people of NC pay taxes to educate children, not to fund the public school system. Parents should always have the choice to use the tax money that was collected and allocated for educating their child in the way that they believe is best for their child.
The resolution opposing school vouchers has nothing to do with what is best for the children of NC and their parents. It is about control. It is about controlling the choices of parents and children. Every parent, student and educator should fully support and encourage the use of school vouchers in NC.
I would like to ask each of you to oppose any consideration of this resolution opposing school vouchers. I would also encourage the Forsyth County Board of Education to pass a resolution supporting school vouchers and opposing any litigation against school vouchers.
Chairman, Forsyth County Republican Party
The Resolution that should be opposed
_______________________ BOARD OF EDUCATION RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, the North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 402 (hereafter, “the budget bill”) in July 2013; and
WHEREAS, the budget bill includes a provision appropriating $10 million to provide private school vouchers;
WHEREAS, the fiscal note prepared for an earlier version of the voucher legislation indicates the General Assembly’s intent to increase annual appropriations for the program to $50 million per year;
WHEREAS, the voucher program created in the budget bill does not require participating private schools to provide students with the opportunity to receive a sound basic education, as required by the N.C. Constitution;
WHEREAS, the voucher program created in the budget bill does not require participating private schools to engage in non-discriminatory admissions practices;
WHEREAS, the voucher program requires the State Board of Education to reduce funding to each local board of education in an amount equal to the local board’s per pupil allocation for average daily membership multiplied by the number of students who have received vouchers and were enrolled in the local board’s schools during the prior semester;
WHEREAS, reducing funding to public schools to fund a private school voucher program, particularly in the wake of substantial cuts to public education funding during the previous five years, will significantly impair local boards’ ability to ensure that students have the opportunity to receive a sound basic education, as required by the N.C. Constitution;
WHEREAS, the voucher program created in the budget bill uses public funds for a non-public purpose, in violation of the N.C. Constitution;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the ___________________ Board of Education hereby agrees to join as a plaintiff the pending litigation, captioned Reverend Robert Richardson, III, Michael and Delores Galloway, Steven W. Sizemore, and the North Carolina School Boards Association v. the State of North Carolina, the North Carolina State Board of Education, and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, and authorizes the attorneys engaged by the NCSBA and other plaintiffs to represent the Board of Education in the litigation, with the litigation costs to be borne by the NCSBA’s Legal Assistance Fund.
Adopted this ____ day of ____________, 2013.
The Forsyth County Republican Party will be hosting a forum for the candidates for the US Senate. Invitations have been sent to all candidates and four of five have confirmed their attendance.
When: Tuesday, January 14, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Forsyth Tech West Campus Auditorium, 1300 Bolton St, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
US Senate Candidates:
Confirmed: (in alphabetical order)
With the recent resignation of Senator Pete Brunstetter from the NC Senate, the Executive Committee members in Forsyth County and Yadkin County who live in NC Senate District 31 will have the opportunity to recommend an appointment to fill the remainder of the term. The meeting will be:
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Forsyth Tech West Campus Auditorium
1300 Bolton St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Joyce Krawiec – Vice-Chairman of the NCGOP, former NC House Representative
Jeff Zenger- Lewisville City Councilman
Darrell McCormick – former NC House Representative
Tom Keith – former Forsyth County District Attorney
A questionaire was sent to each of the above candidates. The candidate responses were consolidated by question and can be viewed by selecting the “NC Senate District 31″ tab on the menu at the top or by selecting this link:
NC Senate District 31 information and candidate questionnaire
Please reach out to the individual candidates if you have questions.
Winston-Salem City Council
NorthWest Ward: Lida Hayes Calvert
West Ward: Robert Clark
South Ward: Nathan Jones
SouthEast Ward: Mike Hunger
NorthEast Ward: Mike Owens
Village Council: Mike Rogers
Village Council: Bill Lawry
Village Council: Mary Cameron
Village Council: Jack Ingle
Mayor: Carl Cox
Alderman: Keith Hooker
Alderman: Irving Neal
Alderman: Joe Pinnix
Alderman: Tracey Shifflette
Alderman: Nathan Tabor
Councilman: Jeff Zenger
Councilman: Fred Franklin
Councilman: Sandra Mock
Councilman: Steve Wood
Councilman: Lori Shore-Smith
Councilman: Leroy Ault
Councilman: Ricky Plunkett
Councilman: Wesley Carter
The Forsyth County Republican Women
invite you to our September meeting
September 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Forsyth Tech’s West Campus
1300 Bolton Street – Main Auditorium
TOPIC: The new COMMON CORE national standards
Our guest speaker: Fern Shubert & Whitney Neal*
Fern Shubert was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1994, 1996 and 2000. She was elected to the NC Senate in 2002 and chosen as Senate Minority Whip. She has served as Co-Chair of the Education Issues Study Committee and the Education Committee of the NC House of Representatives. Currently she is the Director of the NC Division of the National Right to Read Foundation and a CPA.
Whitney Neal (*via skype) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration w/
For more information about the meeting, contact Sue Wingate via e-mail at email@example.com
Join the Forsyth County Republican Party
in honoring Constitution Day with
A Constitutional Conversation:
The Declaration of Independence
presented by Scott Cumbie
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Forsyth Tech West Campus, 1300 Bolton Street
The foundation for our US Constitution is the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration not only defines to philosophy that is the core of our uniquely American government, but it defines the problems that the American colonies experienced under British rule. The US Constitution corrects each of the problems identified in the Declaration. To fully understand the US Constitution, you must understand the foundation, the Declaration of Independence.
When: August 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Where: Forsyth Tech West Campus, 1300 Bolton St., Winston-Salem, NC 27130
Who: Lindalyn Kakadelis, NC Education Alliance
What: Common Core and Public Education
Under the guise of common education standards, the left is pushing the implementation of Common Core around the country. Lindalyn Kakdelis will be educating us on Common Core, telling us the status and affect on NC Public Education and what we must do to stop the implementation.
NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has a short YouTube video where he expresses his initial concerns with Common Core: http://youtu.be/KdCav9-2Ri4