Hearings Prep State's Blind And Deaf Schools To Close

Public school leaders are looking for public input as they figure out which of North Carolina's three schools for the deaf and blind should close next year.

The Department of Public Instruction holds the second of three public hearings in Wilson, the home of the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. The hearing will be at Barton College early Thursday evening.

Officials were at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton earlier this week.

This year's state budget requires the closing of either one of those residential special-needs schools or the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh.

The three schools educate a total of about 220 students.


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  • by ABCs of education in NC Location: NC on Sep 22, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    Bet part of the education lottery money went to buy the $1,000. fancy handguns for ABC employees that were faulty and had to be replaced, instead of quality $300. Glocks like most US cops use.
  • by Richard Roehm Location: http://eyefirevlogs.com/eyefire2/ on Sep 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which covers public entities like government bodies and business like public schools is responsible for making all public schools accessible to people with hearing disabilities so they don't have to go to costly specialized education programs for the deaf. Its high time we make all public schools accessible to deaf people so we can eliminate the need for pricey deaf schools. Society needs to come to their common sense and parents need to start being their deaf children's advocates by making their nearest public schools accessible to deaf students. Don't forget the newer deaf generations are being raised with new technology that makes them readily interfaceble with their hearing peers and the costs of accommodating these are far less than the costs of accommodating the "Generation X" deafies for which these expensive schools are designed for.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Sep 22, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    None of them. How stupid are these public school leaders. There are 3. Find something else to close.
  • by G-Nasty on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    Where is all the money from the "education" lottery going? Since it started there have been nothing but cuts while classes get bigger! This state's public education system is terrible.
  • by MG Location: Greenville on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    Could one of the three schools be used for all 220 students? Deaf and blind kids deserve a valid education and their handicap does present with issues that can't be addressed in a regular classroom without taking away from the overall program in many cases. But, then our state seems to have taken a new approach towards education, talk the talk but run like the devil if someone asks how you plan to fund what kids need to be contenders in the work world. Oh but I forgot, there are no jobs anyway thanks to our current leadership.
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