Keep FPG a Neighborhood School
  • Petitioned Dual Language Administrative Committee

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Dual Language Administrative Committee
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education
Superintendent of Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District
Thomas Forcella

Keep FPG a Neighborhood School

    1. Laura Morgan
    2. Petition by

      Laura Morgan

      Chapel Hill, NC

School District Recommends Dismantling Neighborhood School with 50-Year History

On March 26, 2012, the Dual Language Administrative Team of the Chapel Hill Carrboro (NC) City Schools released a report that recommended that Frank Porter Graham Elementary School be dismantled as the neighborhood school and be converted into a magnet school for a Spanish dual language program starting in 2013-2014.

The FPG community was completely shocked by the report as no one from the school was represented on the committee looking into the issue or even aware of the committee’s activities.

FPG has been a neighborhood school since 1962. It is a community school that serves a diverse population of students from 41 different nations. FPG currently has a Spanish dual language program that is offered as one facet of the school’s offerings.

The school also has a vulnerable population of Karen- and Burmese-speaking immigrants who fled for their lives and have created a new “village” at FPG. Many students within the Karen/Burmese community walk to school each day and their families are involved in the life of FPG because of their proximity to the campus. A move to another school (as recommended by this report) would be disastrous for this fragile population.

We believe that FPG, the school that earned the highest growth in the CHCCS district in 2010-2011 school year, should be allowed to continue its work in helping each child, regardless of cultural background or socioeconomic status, grow and learn.

Having a dual language magnet school in our district may be a laudable goal, but it seems short-sighted to disrupt what is going on at FPG for that purpose.

Please sign this petition and show your support for this neighborhood school that is committed to improving the education of every child in its care.

Recent signatures


    1. An update on the revised report - school board meeting this week!

      Laura Morgan
      Petition Organizer

      We promise this is the only email we will send! If you would like to join our google groups list-serv for additional updates, please send an email to

      Late last week, the district released its final recommendation on how to deal with dual language moving forward. While it acknowledges that there is a lot of opposition to creating a dual language magnet school at FPG, the final report continues to recommend FPG as the location for the dual language magnet school. This despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of community members surveyed do not support this move and despite the fact that other, much better alternatives exist and have been laid out to them!

      The School Board will review this report at their meeting this Thurs, May 17 at Chapel Hill Town Hall. Please consider attending to show your support.
      If you are out of town, please pass along the petition or like our page on Facebook.

    2. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Shirley Werner CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Diversity is one of FPG's most valuable resources. All our children love and benefit from knowing and growing up with each other. Let's protect our community instead of busing our most vulnerable population, the Karen immigrants, elsewhere and depriving them of their neighborhood school.

    • Robinn Huels PILOT MOUNTAIN, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      As a public school teacher, I believe one of the best things we can do for our children is to protect neighborhood schools.

    • Angela Lievsay MOUNT AIRY, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Keeping the school as a neighborhood school will continue to build/help strengthen families...and families need all the support they can get. I am completely against making yet another hardship for families to deal with.

    • faydene Mcswain CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      To keep fpg the same as when my daughter started here ..she loves this school.No dual lanuage school

    • Joseph Huels PILOT MOUNTAIN, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      This is outrageous. The community should decide, not a bunch of bureaucrats.


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