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Western Carolina University students Corey Duvall and Matthew Alexander Del Corral were invited to travel to Raleigh this week to join other college students from around the state to sit in on a conference call between Governor Bev Perdue and President Barack Obama to discuss the future of North Carolina's education.

Duvall is the president of the Western Carolina University College Democrats and a Franklin native.

The Macon County School Board is joining numerous school districts from across the state to ask the North Carolina General Assembly to eliminate the annual discretionary reversion from the school system budget.

Last year, Macon County was forced to send back $1.26 million, causing budget cuts to be passed down to the local level. With continued funding cuts across the board, Macon County School’s finance director Angie Cook is budgeting for an anticipated 5 percent increase of the reversion $1.4 million for next school year.

During its April meeting, the Macon County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to plead with lawmakers to prevent the reversions from occurring and to fully fund education.

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Mountain View Intermediate (MVI) recently completed an outdoor learning shelter as a place for students to get outside in the fresh air. The shelter sits in front of the school near Porters Creek, a small tributary that flows into the Cullasaja River. Students from both Macon Middle School and MVI use the stream to conduct hands-on research on stream quality and stream ecology.

The shelter, which can seat 50 students, will provide the space for a myriad of learning activities. Over the past two years, MVI has been working with Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Schoolyard Program to incorporate more hands-on, relevant scientific research into science courses and the extracurricular science club.

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For more than a decade South Macon Elementary School Counselor Rena Sutton has made an effort to encourage elementary students to make meaningful career choices. Experts say it’s important to expose students early to the variety of options available for careers. Career Day makes this possible by connecting investigating thought with realism. South Macon’s second, third, and fourth graders participated and were allowed hands-on opportunities such as dressing- up as career professionals, crawling on fire trucks and transfer trucks, wearing surgical caps, and cranking a motor.

In preparation for this day, all SME grade levels had career classes. Third and fourth grade students had studied financial literacy to establish the need to earn a living before exploring their current interests and strengths and studied careers from that perspective.

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