Year Round Resolution Draft
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Year Round Resolution and School Bond Referenda

"CCCAAC Support for School Bond Referenda" in Wake County Schools

Adopted  October 2007 by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children

 

Whereas the mission of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children (CCCAAC) is to support and speak on behalf of the under-represented children and disadvantaged youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental and other organizations that make decisions affecting all children; to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect the under-represented and disadvantaged population of students; and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of Wake County, and

 

Whereas, the CCCAAC supports the School Bond Referendum strong effect on the academic performance of all students who attend the Wake County Public School System and

 

WHEREAS, Wake County Public School has experience growth at a rate of  more than 6,500 students per year

 

WHEREAS, School Bond Referendum impacts student achievement with loss of instructional time due to overcrowded cafeterias.

 

WHEREAS, the ongoing construction of new schools and the renovation and updating of existing inadequate facilities are essential to provide safe and adequate learning environments for all children and providing housing to our students is a statutory obligation.

"CCCAAC Support for Year Round Program" in Wake County Schools

Adopted May 2006 by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children

 

Whereas the mission of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children (CCCAAC) is to support and speak on behalf of the under-represented children and disadvantaged youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental and other organizations that make decisions affecting all children; to assist parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect the under-represented and disadvantaged population of students; and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of Wake County, and

 

Whereas, the CCCAAC supports the year round program strong effect on the under-represented and disadvantaged children and youth's performance as does the influences of family background, socioeconomic status, school attendance, and behavior, and

 

Whereas, the under-represented and under-achieving children and youth attending healthy and high performance schools that promote year round learning improve the attendance, health, and achievement of children and youth, and

 

Whereas, Studies show that children and youth who attend traditional schools generally exhibit the following during summer months  (1)

 

  1. Students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
  2. On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math computation skills over the summer months.
  3.  Disadvantaged and under-represented children and youth experience greater summer learning losses than their higher income peers.
  4.  Studies show that out-of-school time is a dangerous time for unsupervised children and teens.

 

Whereas, CCCAAC believes that parents, citizens and community leaders need to be made aware of the advantages and the impact it will have on the under-represented, under- achievers, and disadvantaged students who attend year schools will have, and

 

Whereas, during summer month's the under-represented children and youth do not have access to high-quality summer enrichment programs and,

 

Whereas, many of the youth development organizations do not offer reading instruction and tutorial programs during the summer and,

 

Whereas, many of the recreational programs do not offer any instructions in reading or in math and simply provide hands on activities for the under-represented, disadvantaged children and youth in our community and,

 

Whereas, the Wake County Board of Education has proposed converting 15 elementary and five middle schools to a year-round calendar in 2006-07 as a way to provide much-needed classroom seats (2) and,

Whereas, converting schools to a year-round calendar could provide a 25 percent gain in capacity because three of four groups of students are in session and one group is on break at any given time,

Therefore be it resolved that the CCCAAC supports the Wake County Board of Education’s proposal to convert planned schools to a year-round calendar program because of issues relating to student population growth and be it further

 

Resolved that the CCCAAC encourages the WAKE BOE seek and improve a relationship and communications with all stakeholders in the community, support the conversion and building of year-round schools to serve all children, and be it further

 

Resolved that the CCCAAC strongly supports this resolution and present it to the Wake County Board of Education, and send to the Wake County Board of Commissioners, the elected North Carolina legislators representing Wake County, the twelve municipalities and all local Wake County PTA units.

 

Presented this twelfth day of May 2006, by the CCCAAC Executive Director

 

 

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Gerald Wright

 

1 Cooper, H., Nye, B., Charlton, K., Lindsay, J., & Greathouse, S. (1996). The effects of summer vacation on achievement test scores: A narrative and meta-analytic review. Review of Educational Research, 66, 227-268.

2 Wake County Public School System Board of Education Meeting June 2004

 

Year Round Resolution Draft