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Durham students march to protest budget cuts

Posted April 30, 2010

A group called Umbrella Coalition led Durham students, teachers and parents in a march and rally Friday afternoon in protest against planned cuts to the Durham Public Schools budget.

The group assembled at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville Road, at 2:30 p.m. and was marching about three miles to the offices of Durham County Board of Commissioners, at 200 E. Main St.

The budget decisions facing the school system are the most challenging since the system was founded in 1992, wrote Hank Hurd, interim superintendent, in a message on the district website.

Hurd presented a budgt Thursday night which would cut 323 jobs at a savings of $18.9 million.

Durham schools will see about $22 million less in funding in the coming school year, Hurd said.

"It is impossible to put forth a proposal that everyone will like, but this represents thoughtful consideration among principals, teachers, parents and the community, along with DPS officials and board members," he wrote.

Download DPS budget, part 1 | Download DPS budget, part 2

A meeting for public comment  is planned for May 6 at 6:30 p.m. The Board of Education will meet May 13 to vote on the budget.

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  • Plenty Coups Apr 30, 2010

    "You do know that on entering university students, the bottom third academically, makes up the majority of the education majors. Don't take my word for it, look up the bastion of liberal thought: Time Magazine, they reported it."

    Yes, because who wants to work for thousands less than what you can get in the private sector. And get bashed daily by anti-tax ideologues.

  • Crankyone Apr 30, 2010

    This is pathetic taking a bunch of sophmoric intellectual students and using them as your political pawns.

    Public school teachers have given me a new respect, for lawyers and insurance agents.

    You do know that on entering university students, the bottom third academically, makes up the majority of the education majors. Don't take my word for it, look up the bastion of liberal thought: Time Magazine, they reported it.

    This does explain a lot of behavior we see out of our public schools.

  • methinkthis Apr 30, 2010

    The situation is quite simple. If you are really concerned about cuts in the schools then pass the basket, seek out corporate sponsors and commit 10% of your income to help balance the budget. If you are not willing to commit your funds then stay out of the streets. Do not be out protesting cuts if you are not willing to contribute. How many of these kids are doing car washes for the schools? How many of the adults are cutting back on soda and coffee? Money is the result of productivity or should be. Perhaps we should do something that will make everyone appreciate the realities of government funding and taxation. I move we implement a 15% sales tax on all food-grocery, eat in, eat out, whatever and it all goes to schools. This way everyone that was motivated to hit the streets and basically say "somebody pay for my school" will have an opportunity to contribute. Students who frequent fast food and convenience stores will be contributing also to their education in multiple ways.

  • Plenty Coups Apr 30, 2010

    colliedave-"In terms of teachers, what exactly is the source of their pay? The tooth fairy?"

    Taxes pay for teachers and teachers earn their money. Once they've earned it they can do whatever they want with it. Its theirs-not yours. Any unions (and there aren't real unions w/ collective bargaining and the ability to strike here in NC)receive their funding directly from individuals who have earned it.

  • irishale Apr 30, 2010

    There's a saying in the country where I'm from... says "You can't squeeze blood from a turnip".

    If there is no money, there is no money. The economy/job market has decreed that I face a budget cut. Since I don't like it, where do I go to protest? Doesn't work that way, does it?

    Listen... they didn't cut the budget because they WANTED to, they cut it because they HAD to.

  • SaveEnergyMan Apr 30, 2010

    What do they want - for someone to go out back and pick money off the money tree? Government spending ultimately comes from those that generate wealth - farming, mining, manufacturing. If you want more money for schools, then you have to tax more.

  • colliedave Apr 30, 2010

    Any teacher union or labor union that is actually behind this protest (I don't know if they are) are also not funded by taxpayers. Plenty Coups

    In terms of teachers, what exactly is the source of their pay? The tooth fairy?

  • Plenty Coups Apr 30, 2010

    "Isn't this great...Liberals/Democrats protesting against their Liberal/Democrat government while donating to their Liberal/Democrat causes and voting for their Liberal/Democrat candidates."

    I just thought it was an angry group of parents, students, and teachers angry about cuts. Apparently its actually the dreaded "Umbrella coalition" (still searching for their website-somebody let me know where it is), ACORN, the Liberal media,the Democrats, the AFL-CIO, the green movement, and the men on the grassy knoll.

  • Caveman93 Apr 30, 2010

    affirmativediversity - +1 YOU NAILED IT!

  • TontoKozlowski Apr 30, 2010

    @ affirmativediversity - Great post!

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