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K-2 suspension reductions a good first step, but…

The following letter to the Editor appeared in part in The Charlotte Observer on February 17, 2018. Dear Editor, Council for Children’s Rights has long advocated for reduction of suspensions in CMS. We spoke to the Board of Education (BOE) in favor of banning K-2...

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Spotlight on Service – Katten Muchin Rosemann

As with any partnership that grows from the personal commitment of individuals in an organization to a common cause, it is hard to pick an exact date when the partnership began between Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Council for Children’s Rights, but we know it has...

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NC Class Size Mandate Bill Passes, Concerns Remain

In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) passed a bill requiring class sizes for kindergarten through third grade (K-3) to be reduced over the next two years. While lower class sizes can help teachers provide more personalized instruction to children, the...

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Farewell and Thanks to Mike Massey

For almost two years, volunteer Mike Massey (fourth from the left in the picture – in the sweater vest) has spent two days per week giving CFCR his time and talent. Mike devoted his career to using data and research to improve the lives of children in our community...

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Know the Signs – Human Trafficking Awareness Month

JANUARY IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH …..and children are among its biggest victims.  Many think it is a problem that only affects third-world countries. The truth is North Carolina is a top-ten state in terms of human trafficking in this country. ...

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Resolved: Children First

by Bob Simmons.  I can’t believe we’re closing in on three years since I started as executive director of Council for Children’s Rights. It seems like yesterday and a lifetime, and I’m grateful for both. To borrow a 1961 phrase from the Peace Corps: It’s the toughest...

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Ellie and Trey

Ellie* and Trey* had always lived with their Mom.  She and Dad had never been married, but they got along so no one ever saw a need to go to court about a formal custody arrangement. Things changed when Ellie entered her teens.  Mom got married and Ellie had a new...

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The High Cost of the K-3 Class Size Mandate

by Emily Tamilin In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) passed a bill requiring class sizes for kindergarten through third grade (K-3) to be reduced over the next two years. While lower class sizes can help teachers provide more personalized instruction...

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Editorial: Cardinal debacle exposes broken system

This editorial was first published in The Charlotte Observer on December 29, 2017 Providing mental health care to children is a profound responsibility that demands the highest standards of professionalism, accountability, and compassion. We believe that a strong...

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A Person’s A Person, No Matter How Small

by Bob Simmons, executive director, Council for Children's Rights Here at Council for Children’s Rights, we are big fans of Horton, Dr. Seuss’ lovable hero. We love him so much that last year we adopted him as our internal symbol of commitment and excellence in...

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Honoring Larry Dagenhart: Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year

Congratulations to our good friend, volunteer and long-time CFCR supporter, Larry Dagenhart on receiving this recent honor.  In sharing a few thoughts, CFCR executive director Bob SImmons speaks for all of us in expressing our gratitude for his many contributions to...

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Filling Philanthropy’s Stocking

by Bob Simmons As we approach the end of the year, our thoughts turn to giving. We give to our family and friends. We give to our houses of worship. We give to the groups who serve our community. We plan our giving. We anticipate our giving. We smile, almost giddy...

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