ASHEVILLE - Buncombe County's four Democratic commissioners are putting their support behind Sheriff Quentin Miller, saying a state bill that would mandate him and others to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers takes away local control and erodes community trust.
Chairman Brownie Newman, Vice-Chair Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, and commissioners Al Whitesides and Amanda Edwards have signed onto a letter to state lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper expressing opposition to the bill known as HB370.
Miller is one of several sheriffs in North Carolina who has pledged to no longer honor ICE detainers.
After months of planning, applications, and deliberation, Buncombe County’s Early Childhood Education and Development Committee finalized allocated funding for $3.6 million dollars to schools and local organizations to make positive, lifelong impacts on our children. In October 2018, the Board of Commissioners voted to establish the fund and a committee for funding recommendations. Early childhood education is one of the Board of Commissioners’ six strategic priorities, and the following goals identified for funding:
Buncombe County commissioners approved $3.6 million Tuesday night in support of early childhood education.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Buncombe County commissioners approved $3.6 million Tuesday night in support of early childhood education.
There are more than 11,000 children who are 4 or younger in the county, but only a third of those are enrolled in an early childhood education program.
This more than $3 million investment will be used to create classrooms and teaching centers and will also help create a pipeline to recruit and retain early childhood teachers.
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"Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara posted a statement on Facebook on April 18 expressing support for the local immigrant community and applauding the efforts of local organizations.
“We live in a community of many heroes and many of these stories may never see the light of day,” Beach-Ferrara wrote. “An incredible alliance of Latino, civil rights and faith-based organizers are working around the clock to document what is happening and support impacted families. From Buncombe County Schools to Pisgah Legal Services to Minnie Jones Health Clinic, educators and direct service providers are working to ensure people can access schools and services safely.”