Sunday, March 11, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS... A CALIFORNIA-BASED COMPANY HAS BEEN IN SCHOOL SYSTEMS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD... FACILITATING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE.
IN HIS PLAN... SUPERINTENDENT DALLEMAND SUGGESTS THE PACIFIC EDUCATION GROUP SHOULD COME TO BIBB COUNTY.
BUT AT PUBLIC FORUMS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS... PARENTS HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THIS PART OF THE PLAN.
CANDACE ADORKA SPOKE TO TWO PARENTS... DARREN LATCH... A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER... AND APRIL HOPPER... A MOTHER OF 4.
NOW THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE PLAN... THEY SAY THEY'RE MORE APPREHENSIVE THAN EVER.
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"The ramifications of this could potentially be very bad."
ANGEL HOPPER STARTED RESEARCHING THE PACIFIC EDUCATION GROUP ONLINE AFTER SHE SAW THE NAME IN THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS' STRATEGIC PLAN.
"i was a little bit shocked....
SHE AND DARREN LATCH SAY THEY CAME ACROSS ACCOUNTS OF VIOLENCE AND INEQUITY THAT BLOGGERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS ATTRIBUTED TO RACE CONVERSATIONS IN SCHOOLS.
nats" a boy was doused with gasoline and set on fire."
"It's trickled down form the teachers that are goign through these trainign courses and going out and teaching our children. I mean ou heard Darren say this coming from a teacher, you're not black, what do you know about african american history."
LATCH ADMITS THERE IS A RACIAL DIVIDE IN THE COMMUNITY... BUT HE SAYS HE WORRIES INTRODUCING THE PACIFIC EDUCATION GROUP WILL MAKE THAT DIVIDE EVEN WORSE.
"From what I've seen the biggest focus on the pacific education is divide the community. Enrage the community. Get them to speak abotu a racial divide and bring it into the open, which I understand, its got to be talked about, it can't be ignored, but to instill this into our school system is dangerous."
LATCH SAYS HIS ONLINE RESEARCH MAKES HIM CERTAIN THE PACIFIC EDUCATION GROUP PROMOTES RACISM.
"from what i inderstand about courageous conversations it acually points to from the likes of glenn songleton that africal americal students cannot learn in a similar fashion to everyone else and that to me is horrific.
HE SAYS THE VERY IDEA OF APPROACHIGN EDUCATION WITH RACE IN MIND IS INSULTING TO THE DISTRICT AND ITS RESIDENTS.
"WHY ARE WE STILL PROMOTING RACIAL BASED TEACHING IT SHOULD BE FOR EVERY ONE NOT JUST ONE DIRECTION IT SHOULD BE FOR WHITE OR AFRICAN AMERICAN OR PEOPLE OF COLOR IT SHOULD BE FOR EVERYONE.

CANDACE ... YOU ACTUALLY SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT AND C-E-O OF THE PACIFIC EDUCATION GROUP ON THE PHONE.
---HIS NAME IS GLENN SINGLETON AND HE SAYS THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO TALK ABOUT RACE THROUGH SEMINARS... COACHING... AND ONE ON ONE CONSULTATION.
THERE ARE FOUR COMPONENTS IN HIS APPROACH.
FIRST... THE COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS PROTOCOL... BASED ON HIS BOOK... AIMS TO GIVES PEOPLE THE TOOLS TO TALK ABOUT RACE.
SECOND... THEY TEACH CRITICAL RACE THEORY... WHICH FOCUSES ON HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND HOW RACE INFLUENCES DAILY EXPERIENCES.
NEXT THEY ADDRESS BELIEF SYSTEMS THAT SINGLETON SAYS MAY GET IN THE WAY OF IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.
HE SAYS THE FINAL COMPONENT IS LEADERSHIP TRAINING
"adaptive leadership is about how we engage around issues that dont yet have a solution and how we allow ourselves to be in that uncomfortable space of understanding these issues and searching to gather the solutions to these issues that only can come from the community that has the problem itself."
--- HOW DOES HE ADDRESS PARENTS' CONCERNS ABOUT THE PLANS?
--- HE IS... AND HE SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS WHY PEOPLE WOULD BE UPSET FROM HAT THEY SEE ONLINE, BUT HE SAYS THE VIEWS FORM BLOGS ARE SKEWED AND THE INFORMATION IS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT.
BUT DARREN LATCH SAYS THAT'S REALLY THE ONLY RESOURCE PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE ABOUT THE PACIFIC EDUCATION GROUP BECAUSE HE FINDS THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE IS INACCESSIBLE.
AMY
--- WHAT DOES THE DISTRICT AND THE SCHOOL BOARD THINK?
CANDACE
ONE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT'S DEPUTYS ADDRESSED THE ISSUE ON HIS BLOG. IN IT SHE SAID THE GOAL OS TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP BETWEEN DIFFERENT RACES... FOR INSTANCE FOR EXAMPLE... LAST YEAR... ONLY 60 PERCENT OF BLACK STUDENTS... AND 60 PERCENT OF HISPANIC STUDENTS GRADUATED... COMPARED TO 80 PERCENT OF WHITE STUDENTS... AND ELIMINATE THE RACIAL PREDICTABILITY WHERE YEAR AFTER YEAR... STUDENTS OF COLOR PERFORM WORSE THAN WHITE STUDENTS.
SHE COMPARED IT TO ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF INEQUITY IN THE CLASSROOM... WHERE THERE WERE MORE BOYS IN MATH AND SCIENCE CLASSES THAN GIRLS.
BUT SOME BOARD MEMBERS AREN'T CONVINCED THE PACIFIC EDUCATION GROUP IS THE WAY TO DO THIS.
THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD SUSAN MIDDLETON ASKED BEFORE THEY VOTED FOR THE PLAN... WHETHER THEY THAT DECISION WOULD COME BACK TO THE BOARD.
SUPERINTENDENT DIDN'T ANSWER EXPLICITLY BUT INDICATED THEY WOULD HAVE SOME CONTROL WHEN APPROVING THE BUDGET.
---HOW MUCH WILL IT COST
SINGLETON SAYS THERE'S NOT CONTRACT YET BETWEEN BIBB COUNTY AND PACIFIC EDUCATION GROUP... AND HE WOULDN'T GIVE AN ESTIMATE OF THE COST.
THANKS CANDACE FOR THAT REPORT.
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HOUSTON COUNTY PARENTS CAN REGISTER THEIR STUDENTS FOR PRE-K OR KINDERGARTEN STARTING TOMORROW.
REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD FROM NINE UNTIL THREE AT EACH SCHOOL.
PRE-K STUDENTS MUST BE FOUR YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER FIRST... AND KINDERGARTENERS MUST BE FIVE YEARS OLD BY THAT DATE.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ALREADY IN A PRE-K PROGRAM IN HOUSTON COUNTY... YOU DON'T NEED TO REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN... UNLESS HE OR SHE ATTENDS A SCHOOL OUT OF ZONE.
TO REGISTER... YOU'LL NEED A COPY OF YOUR CHILD'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE... SOCIAL SECURITY CARD... AND PROOF OF WHERE YOU LIVE.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF DOCUMENTS... LOOK FOR THIS STORY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
REGISTRATION ENDS ON MARCH 23RD.

GEORGIA COLLEGE ATHLETICS AND GAMMA SIGMA SIGMA SORORITY HOSTED A MIRACLE LEAGUE DAY THIS AFTERNOON.
THE GROUPS TEAMED UP TO RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR A SPECIAL NEEDS TEAM IN MACON.
KEVIN KEUHN (KEEN) PLAYS FIRST BASE ON MACON'S MIRACLE LEAGUE TEAM.
THE TEAM IS FUNDED THROUGH DONATIONS... LIKE THOSE OFFERED AT TODAY'S GEORGIA COLLEGE EVENT.
GAMMA SIGMA SIGMA PASSED THE HAT... AND COOKED UP SOME BASEBALL FAVORITES.
KEVIN'S DAD KEITH KEUHN (KEEN) SAYS HIS SON LOVES TO PLAY BALL.
Keith Kuehn, Milledgeville: "Being able to participate in a league of their own and that's baseball on a special field for them so wheel chair bound special needs kids can play along with the other typical needs kids."
GEORGIA COLLEGE'S GAMMA SIGMA SIGMA SORORITY RAISED OVER FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THE MIRACLE LEAGUE OF MACON.

THE ANNUAL LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND WRAPPED UP IN ANDERSONVILLE TODAY.
SEVERAL MEN STEPPED BACK IN TIME TO GET A GLIMPSE OF WHAT THEIR ANCESTORS WENT THROUGH AT THE HISTORIC PRISON.
JENNIFER MOULLIET CAUGHT UP WITH A FEW OF THEM.
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"Rally round the flag boys rally once again."


:04 Eric Leonard, Chief Ranger: "The largest civil war even the park does each year where we have about fifty volunteer participants filling the roles of confederate guards and union prisoners here at the andersonville prison during the civil war.""We're trying to provide a sense of what life was like inside of the prison."

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:13John Heath, Marietta: "We slept here for two nights so we wanted to experience as much as possible, we know we can never duplicate what they went through and what our great grand dad survived through."

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"a number of our participants this year are actually descendants of prisoners that were here."

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Royce Loesch, South Dakota: "I wanted to honor my great great uncle gus."

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"coffee was a prized commodity, small amount of water and coffee you just put it right on the camp fire and you just drop the grounds right in it, it's a little crunchy."

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:52 Royce Loesch, South Dakota: "I still got a good understanding of what my great, great uncle went through and that's kind of what I wanted to tie in with and be able to relate to him more."

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"shouting the battle cry of freedom." rt 1:02
>> THE ANDERSONVILLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IS PART OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM.
IT SERVES AS A MEMORIAL TO ALL AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR.
YOU CAN VISIT THE GROUNDS EVERYDAY FROM EIGHT TO FIVE... AND ADMISSION IS FREE.
THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IS TAKING A SOUTHWARD SWING...
AS CANDIDATES BATTLE IT OUT FOR VOTES IN ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI.
FIND OUT WHO WAS HARD AT WORK THIS WEEKEND... AND WHO TOOK A COUPLE DAYS AWAY FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

THE RACE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION IS HEATING UP IN DIXIE.
THE CANDIDATES ARE GEARING UP FOR SOME KEY PRIMARIES TUESDAY IN MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA.
MITT ROMNEY STILL LEADS THE RACE FOR DELEGATES... BUT RICK SANTORUM IS MAKING STRIDES.
DREW LEVINSON TAKES A LOOK FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.
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(--TUPELO, MS--)

Rick Santorum spent Sunday in Mississippi-- shaking hands, holding babies, and posing for pictures.

(--NATSOUND OF SANTORUM--)

The GOP Presidential candidate is looking to gain support from voters in the Deep South--where Mississsippi and Alabama hold their primaries Tuesday.

(--SOT RICK SANTORUM/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE--)

"WE THINK THAT THE FOLKS IN MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR THE CONSERVATIVE WHO REPRESENTS THEIR VALUES, THAT PRESENT THE BEST CONTRAST WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA."

Santorum hopes a strong showing could force Newt Gingrich out of the race and turn this into a two-man contest with Mitt Romney ..one Santorum says he would win. But he won't ask Gingrich to step aside. .

(--SOT RICK SANTORUM/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FROM MEET THE PRESS--)

"I DIDN'T ASK SPEAKER GINGRICH TO GET IN, I'M NOT GOING TO ASK HIM TO GET OUT"

Throughout the primaries and caucuses, Santorum and Gingrich have split the conservative vote--giving Romney --the moderate in the race--an advantage.

On CBS's Face The Nation--Gingrich said he's not getting out and as he did in Georgia last week he can win this week.

(--SOT: NEWT GINGRICH/(R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FROM FACE THE NATION--)

"WE'RE GOING TO GET A LOT OF DELEGATES IN BOTH MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA. AND I THINK THE ODDS ARE PRETTY GOOD THAT WE'LL WIN THEM"

Romney didn't campaign this weekend. He'll join the others back on the trail Monday.
>> YESTERDAY... ROMNEY WON THE WYOMING CONTESTS... WHILE SANTORUM TOOK THE VICTORY IN KANSAS.
ROMNEY NOW HAS 454 DELEGATES... TWICE AS MANY AS SANTORUM... GINGRICH... AND RON PAUL COMBINED... BUT A LONG WAY FROM THE 11-HUNDRED-44 NEEDED TO WIN THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION.

GEORGIA LAWMAKERS PLAN TO DEBATE WHETHER USING SILENCERS ON HUNTING FIREARMS... SHOULD BE LEGAL.
THE HOUSE GAME... FISH AND PARKS COMMITTEE... IS SCHEDULED TO DEBATE A SENATE BILL TUESDAY... THAT WOULD ALLOW HUNTERS TO USE THE SILENCERS.
THE BILL'S SPONSOR SAYS USING THE SILENCERS WOULD KEEP HUNTERS FROM DISTURBING NEIGHBORS... AND SAYS IT WOULD NOT CREATE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE.
THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE BILL.

EVERYDAY... YOU TRUST THAT THE THINGS YOU BRING INTO YOUR HOME ARE SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BUT WHEN THOSE PRODUCTS DON'T WORK THE WAY THEY SHOULD... THE COMPANY ISSUES A RECALL TO PROTECT YOU.
UMBRO RECALLED ITS BOYS' JACKETS WITH DRAWSTRINGS... DUE TO ENTRAPMENT HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE JACKETS HAVE A RETRACTABLE ELASTIC DRAWSTRING AT THE WAISTBAND... WITH A TOGGLE THAT COULD BECOME SNAGGED IN SMALL SPACES OR DOORWAYS.
THE JACKETS WERE SOLD AT ROSS STORES NATIONWIDE... FROM APRIL 2011 THROUGH JANUARY 20-12... FOR ABOUT 8 BUCKS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CONTACT THE COMPAN BY CALLING (866) 217-6800.
LENOVO RECALLED ITS THINKCENTRE DESKTOP COMPUTERS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE COMPUTERS HAVE AN INTERNAL DEFECT... THAT COULD CAUSE A FIRE.
THE COMPUTERS WERE SOLD ON-LINE AT LENOVO WEBSITES AND BY PHONE... FROM MAY 2010 THROUGH JANUARY 2012... FOR ABOUT 500 DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RECALL... YOU CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY BY CALLING... (855)248-2194.
LOCKER BRAND RECALLS ITS PRESCRIPTION LOCKERS... BECAUSE THE LOCK DOESN'T SECURE CORRECTLY.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE MEDICINE CONTAINER CAN OPEN BY APPLYING PRESSURE TO THE LATCH WHEN IT'S LOCKED.
THE LOCKERS WERE SOLD AT BED BATH AND BEYOND... C-V-S... WALGREENS... AND THE LOCKER BRAND WEBSITE... FROM JUNE 2010... THROUGH OCTOBER 2011 FOR ABOUT 15 BUCKS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CONTACT LOCKER BRAND AT (888) 491-6617.
THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S RECALL WRAP... FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RECALLED PRODUCTS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES DROPDOWN MENU... THEN SELECT RECALLS.

LAST WEEK... "DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX" TOOK HOME THE TOP EARNINGS AT THE BOX OFFICE.
THIS WEEK... THE FILM WAS LOOKING FOR A REPEAT... BUT DISNEY'S "JOHN CARTER" HOPED TO GRAB A SLICE OF THE PIE AS WELL.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE COUNTDOWN.
IN THIRD PLACE... THE WARNER BROTHERS FILM "PROJECT X."
THE TEEN COMEDY EARNED AN ESTIMATED 11-POINT-SIX MILLION DOLLARS IN ITS SECOND WEEKEND.
THAT BRINGS ITS TOTAL TO JUST OVER 40 MILLION DOLLARS.
SECOND PLACE WENT TO "JOHN CARTER."
THE DISNEY FILM OPENED TO 30-POINT-SIX MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES.
DISNEY REPORTEDLY SPENT 250 MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE "JOHN CARTER"... WHICH ALSO EARNED GENERALLY POOR REVIEWS.
AND DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX EASILY TOOK THE TOP PRIZE FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW.
THE ANIMATED ADVENTURE BASED ON A CHILDREN'S BOOK EARNED AN ESTIMATED 39-POINT-ONE MILLION THIS WEEKEND.
THAT BRINGS ITS TEN-DAY TOTAL TO 122 MILLION...AND MAKES IT THE TOP-GROSSING MOVIE RELEASED THIS YEAR.


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