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Gathering at capitol targets childrens' programs

Posted October 10, 2010

Action for Children North Carolina sponsored a rally at the state capitol Sunday.
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— Children, parents and supporters of education gathered in downtown Raleigh Sunday for a demonstration organized by the non-profit Action for Children North Carolina.

The group is calling on lawmakers to invest in programs that meet children's basic needs.

"The future of our society is our children, and if we don't invest in them today and ensure they have strong building blocks to build a healthy childhood, then we won't have a strong workforce in the future, and our state won't be the best place to live," spokeswoman Mandy Abledinger said.

Demonstrators also say the tough economy means programs like early childhood education are needed now more than ever.

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  • whatelseisnew Oct 11, 2010

    Sorry wrong, these kids are not my future.

  • lolly Oct 11, 2010

    "If we are spending so much on education, why are so many kids dropping out"

    NC has upped it spending on education and daycare for the past 20 years. And the results are - not much. Given all the expenditures on Smart Start, Partnership for the Children and Pre-k - we should have rocket scientists in elementary school & middle school now. Not even Head Start, which has been around since the 70s, can show any solid gains, other than the mothers of Head Start kids are better at getting all their kids vaccinated.

  • hallmark Oct 11, 2010

    If we are spending so much on education, why are so many kids dropping out? Why are classrooms over capacity? Why are textbooks sitting in the warehouse? I don't have a kid in school but I pay my fair share of taxes to support the school system. Students who do not get a good base in the beginning are going to have a hard time keeping up if they are already behind when they start. All I am saying is that these children are our future no matter how sorry some of the parents are. Don't assume there is no gratitude - there is gratitude for what is spent however, we don't want to lose ground by not making sure our future leaders get a good foundation.

  • aspenstreet1717 Oct 11, 2010

    We spend PLENTY on children and education. Sounds to me like a little gratitude is in order.

  • hallmark Oct 11, 2010

    The children are more important than pork barrel projects. Cut some of the fat from Perdue's office - get rid of the Charlotte office & staff, cut the salary of her staff, and cut out all the unnecessary travel. Most of all, cut the DOC budget and quit providing above-market medical care and brand name drugs for inmates!!!! Anybody remember the story about 3 months ago about the DOC paying well over $500,000 for the hospital care of one inmate at WakeMed? How many of us who work everyday and have never broken the law can go get care for $500,000 and never pay a cent of it?

  • Weaker Pelosi Oct 11, 2010

    Sorry folks, the government is broke, and we are all having to do more with less. Come back when and if the economy improves.