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Wake schools getting more students, not more funding

Posted February 16, 2011

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— Wake County commissioners met with school board members Wednesday and said they plan to give the school system $313.5 million in funding – the same amount the school system has received the past two years.

Some school board members said they consider that a cut since the school system will increase by more than 3,600 students in 2012, which means less money per pupil.

Wake schools getting more students, not more funding Wake schools getting more students, not more funding

School board member Chris Malone said they should be happy with what the commissioners have offered.

"Considering the situation we’re in, I think we gotta be pleased with what we have and just hope to buckle down and find ways to save money so it doesn’t affect the classroom," he said.

Many other Wake County departments are facing 3 percent cuts, commissioners said.

"We know that it’s just a tight year, and the staff’s doing everything possible to check to see if there are other ways in which we might approach this. But, so far, we haven’t found anything," said commissioner Betty Lou Ward.

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  • manthisishard Feb 17, 2011

    "more money is not correlated with superior education. US spends the most per student, and is 35 in national level of education. discipline, pride, motivation, and a desire to learn create much more than money. laziness, self victimization, and government make for poor learning situations."

    What people don't understand is that it is comparing apples to oranges. For instance, in Germany you are tracked early as to whether you are going to college or not. If not you're headed to vocational schools. Guess which group our test score are compared to? You got it... so all of the kids we test who aren't going to college, couldn't care less about school, their scores are compared against a select population of the rest of the world. No wonder they are lower.

  • chfdcpt Feb 16, 2011

    Impact fees are not the answer. Even if you were to charge $5,000 impact fee per home, we will need to approve-build-sell 6,000 new homes to raise $30 million for a school.

    We need to have a real estate transfer tax. That way, when someone buys a used home, they still have to pay for it.

  • clayton bigsby Feb 16, 2011

    GET OFF MY PORCH

  • Return the Republic Feb 16, 2011

    more money is not correlated with superior education. US spends the most per student, and is 35 in national level of education. discipline, pride, motivation, and a desire to learn create much more than money. laziness, self victimization, and government make for poor learning situations.

  • Mean Old Mom Feb 16, 2011

    Go private or home school....WCPSS is beyond fixing whether the money is there or not, IMHO.

  • geosol Feb 16, 2011

    But will the right wingers succeed in destroying public education before we get the additional students? All the parents will have to do then is pay for their kids to go to the schools that the right wing activists on the Wake Co. BOE also serve on. See? Its magic!!!

  • Plenty Coups Feb 16, 2011

    "Can't handle it? Try looking at parochial schools- their students have higher grades, better test scores and higher % graduates AND college grads."

    That's because you're comparing apples to oranges. If you adjust a school's population so that they have similar demographics and/or socioeconomic status, public schools outperform private ones. Especially parochial schools.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090226093423.htm

  • arfamr1007 Feb 16, 2011

    maybe if all the racists would quit crying the money saved by NOT bussing will cover any "shortfall". Even though there would be no "shortfall" if the school system were run like a business

  • mep Feb 16, 2011

    The school system will survive. They just need to learn how to make do with less. My grandparents survived the great depression... without welfare, unemployment insurance, food stamps... and a whole lot of other stuff.... they did just fine.

  • NoObamaCare Feb 16, 2011

    mrcrosbys: For once I totally agree with you!

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