by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

Schools post gains in abcs

Both Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County schools and Guilford County schools are expressing satisfaction with ABC results, a composite of end-of-grade, end-of-course and adequate yearly progress scores that were released on Aug. 5. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools announced that 93 percent of its schools showed at least expected growth, while 91 percent of schools in Guilford did so.

“I’m especially happy to see that we no longer have any low performing schools,” Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County schools superintendent Don Martin said. “The nine schools that were low performing the year before last posted some of the most impressive gains. We still have work to do, but last year was an important step in the right direction.”

In Guilford County, the number of schools achieving the highest distinction, schools of excellence, increased to 13, while only one school, Union Hill elementary, dropped into the low performing category.

Immigration to be topic of panel discussion in Greensboro

Face to Face holds a soapbox salon on the topic of immigration and natural ization on Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hive, located at 1214 Grove st. Panelists include Gema Gonzalez of Catholic social services, student Action with Farmworkers Migrant Youth Director Ra’l Granados G’mez and UNCG sociology professor Stephen Sill.

Unopposed candidates work to elect fellow partisans in swing districts

Sen. Pete Brunstetter (R-Forsyth), one of the state lawmakers from the Triad who is running unopposed this year, noted in a recent newsletter that legislators from both major political parties are taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to the impending fall elections. “We raise money that can be channeled into key swing races,” he wrote. “This is a technique perfected by [sens. Marc] Basnight and [Tony] Rand over the years, and as Republicans, we have effectively emulated that approach. Most of us on the GOP side would rather see ethics reform that limits the impact of big money on political campaigns, but senate leadership has been unwilling to consider such changes because the current system works well for them (1898 was a long time ago!).” Brunstetter said that members of the Republican leadership team recently traveled to Washington, DC to “lay some foundation for our fall campaign” to raise money to counteract millions of dollars from labor unions that flowed into the state two years ago, and can be expected to make a repeat showing this year.