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Council for Children’s Rights
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Charlotte, North Carolina  28202

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CMS took a first good step on suspensions
Letter to the Editor – Charlotte Observer, February 2018


Cardinal debacle exposes a broken N.C. mental health system
Charlotte Observer Viewpoint, December 2017

Human Trafficking In Charlotte 
Charlotte Talks, WFAE 90.7fm, August 2017

Children in Foster Care – Featuring Bob Simmons
Giving Back Podcast, July 2017

Let’s Talk About What Social Engineering really is, Rep. Stone
Charlotte Observer, Viewpoint, May 21, 2017

Due Process and Raise the Age  (audio stream)
WFAE, Charlotte Talks,  May 15, 2017

Opportunity Task Force speaks out where others remain silent
Charlotte Observer, Viewpoint, April 6, 2017

Dwayne Betts on Coming of Age in Prison (audio stream)
WFAE, Charlotte Talks, February 27, 2017

Think Fast: What to do If you Think A Child is Being Abused
WBTV, February 28, 2017

A Few Things $87.5 Millions Would Buy
Charlotte Observer, January 2017

Council Responds on Solitary For Juveniles
Letter to the Editor, Charlotte Observer, January 6, 2017


Charlotte to Vote on Grant for Program Helping At Risk Teens
WSOC-TV – September 8, 2016

Raising the Age in Adult Court Offers Troubled Youth a Chance for Services
Gaston Gazette Editorial – September 2, 2016

Raise the Age Gains More Support
WBTV – August 31, 2016

To Solve Racial Tensions, We Must Concede Concerns of Black and Blue
Charlotte Observer Viewpoint – August 12, 2016

Local Child Abuse Feature 
WSOC-TV — July 28, 2016

Previewing the 4th Annual Young Professionals Mixer
Wilson’s Word – WCCB The CW – July 27, 2016

Charlotte Non-Profit Release Survey Results on Values for CMS Student Assignment
News 14 – Time Warner Cable – May 18, 2016

Investigating the Racial Divide
WBTV – May, 2016

Student Assignment Plan Reason for Optimism
Charlotte Observer, Letters, April 15, 2016

North Carolina’s discriminatory House Bill 2 will hurt trans-gendered youth
Charlotte Observer, April 6, 2016


Some Things Can Wait, The Child Cannot — Op Ed by Bob Simmons
Charlotte Observer – August 2015

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together – Profile of ED Bob Simmons
Mecklenburg Bar News – August 2015

 Area Children’s Summer Programs In Danger
News14 Carolina – June 2015

What We’ll Lose — OST Funding
Charlotte Agenda June 2015

Keep work going strong for out-of-school-time
Charlotte Observer, June 2015

Pro Bono Work Always in Demand
Charlotte Business Journal, May 2015

A Night for Children’s Rights Photo Gallery
Society Charlotte, April 2015

Hope, hurdles in mental Health: Cardinal’s First Year
Charlotte Observer, April 2015

NC Bill Would Reduce Number of Teens in Adult Court
Charlotte Observer, April 2015

Council for Children’s Rights Names… Leader
Charlotte Observer,  February 2015

Local Official Promote Child Abuse Awareness Month – Charlotte Observer 

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