[Pibe-division] FW: Hearing, NC School for the Blind
Hyde, David W. (ESC)
david.hyde at wcbvi.k12.wi.us
Fri Oct 28 08:20:08 CDT 2011
Hundreds turn out to support Eastern NC School for the Deaf in...
Published: September 28, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. --
Frustration and anger dominated a hearing over whether to shut down a school for
the blind in
The newly enacted state budget requires
to close either
Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf
North Carolina School for the Deaf
would then have its students sent to one of the two remaining schools.
At the public hearing, there were a lot of people furious that blind and deaf students
are being pitted against each other.
“This is an abominable act,” said
, a 1978 Graduate of
. “To be quite frank, the state of
ought to be ashamed at having put us into this position.”
“The process that pits the interests of blind students against deaf students is repellant
and repugnant to me,” said
, who wants Morehead kept open.
Many at the meeting rejected the General Assembly’s contention that the state can
consolidate schools for the blind and deaf.
“Who would mix the deaf and blind community? There is no justification for that,”
, who graduated from the
For those who’ve attended the
, it’s more than a place to learn.
“The teachers there and the staff there are like your mom and dad,’’ said student
. “I have a dad there, I have moms, aunts and uncles - I have a family.”
But the public hearings are just part of the process.
“The public hearings are not a vote, they are not a rally,” said
, who is with the Department of Public Instruction’s committee that will have to
decide which school will be closed. “We don’t sit around and tally how many people
spoke on behalf of this school or that school.”
also says it’s hard for
to be involved in closing a school.
of the visually impaired; I worked with teachers who are deaf. I have friends, colleagues
who are deaf or hard of hearing,” he explained. “It is an emotional thing; it just
must help draft a report by Jan. 15 that will recommend which school to close.
The Raleigh school was established in 1845
and is the
for the blind in the
. It has been at its present location in
, not far from N.C. State, since 1923.
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