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Wake education leaders ask lawmakers for better budget

Posted March 21, 2011

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— Education leaders in Wake County met with state lawmakers Monday, begging for a budget that goes easy on academics.

North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson said funding reductions will hurt the university.

"It will result in fewer faculty, will result in more seats in sections," Woodson said. "Longer term to graduation, it will reduce our ability to deliver on that."

Tuition is up 40 percent at N.C. State and students say they're carrying a heavy financial burden to get a college education.

"I know a lot of my friends are getting jobs during school," said student Cary Meyer.

During Monday's meeting, Woodson joined leaders from Wake County schools and Wake Technical Community College in presenting budget proposals to legislators, who warned that cuts could be severe in the face of a projected $2.5 billion state budget deficit.

"We are worried about being able to protect the academic core," Woodson said.

nc state Wake education leaders ask lawmakers for better budget

Rep. Rosa Gill (D-Wake), a former school board member, said the issue of education funding is close to her heart.

"I am going to be working hard to see where we can find funding," she said.

But Sen. Neal Hunt (R-Wake) said cuts were not only inevitable, they might be "painful."

"We are in challenging times, as you know," Hunt said. He said N.C. State and Wake Tech could be facing cuts of 10 percent or more, but that he hoped the budget would allow for less severe funding reductions for K-12 education.

Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata said the district could make do with the proposed 5 percent cuts, but "all bets are off the table" if cuts are deeper than that. He presented his budget proposal, which prioritizes teacher retention and classroom resources, to the school board last week.

School Board Chairman Ron Margiotta said he wants to see policy changes to how schools are accredited after AdvancED, the company that accredits the district's high schools, released a report last week that was very critical of governance at Wake schools.

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  • nighttrain2010 Mar 22, 2011

    >capitialists on the right

    Where? What I have met on the 'right' are centralized planners of a different sort than those on the 'left'. But sadly can't say I've met many honest to goodness capitalists

    >>"I know a lot of my friends are getting jobs during school," said student Cary Meyer

    Oh no! Cary may have to work during school!! Cary, back when education meant something and people graduated with more than the ability to spell their name and without a predisposition they were 'owed' a job, many of them worked during school and paid their education that way. We didn't have a government that handed out low cost loans that too many slackers default on these days.

    Suck it up, get a job, and get an education. May actually graduate realizing you to have to bust your tail sometimes to get ahead.

  • Garnerwolf1 Mar 22, 2011

    Please advise why/how I'm a socialist? I dare say I'm as conservative as anyone here. I also can think for myself and don't follow any certain kneejerk dogma. You can't have it both ways. And I fully agree that, as you say, 'half' the people are the ones paying for the other half. And that needs to be addressed. But it's also not realistic to believe things like teachers "unions" are setting pay in this State. It's just not true. True they lobby, but so do retail groups, service - business groups, manufacturer groups, healthcare groups...

  • A Libertarian Mar 22, 2011

    Garner you are right - we are voting these people in. But half of the people pay no taxes and they recieve benifits that the other half has to pay. That is why their are socialists on the left and capitialists on the right. If everybody had to pay taxes, then liberals and socialists would not exists. If you notice yourself and other socialists are always advocating how to spend others money or taxes.

  • Garnerwolf1 Mar 22, 2011

    AND what most of you will not admit is that if you are eligible to vote (whether you do or not is irrelevant) you are partially responsible for whatever problems that exist. After all, we (voters) are responsible for putting in to office the folks making the decisions. So when you point that finger, realize there are some point back at you (and me).

  • psycho Mar 22, 2011

    Thanks for the summation, Garner-Bob.
    Look, I know the budget is tight. Very tight. But IF we want to have more people with higher paying jobs to raise the economy, they must have access to a good education. That means that when we cut staff, courses, majors, teachers and assistants, and make classes larger, the quality of education that can be provided drops... which means the citizens of this state will be less able to support the growing number of seniors that are the baby-boomer generation hitting retirement age about now, less able to support their families, less able to buy material goods that keep the economy going, less able to pay taxes that keep our streets paved and our police departments, along with a lot of other services, running.

  • Garner-Bob Mar 22, 2011

    For those of you that don't feel like reading all of the comments here's a few categories that encapsulate the bulk of them.
    1. All taxes are bad.
    2. Teachers are liberals.
    3. Liberal teachers get paid 188,000/year and only work 4 hours per day.
    4. People with children are freeloaders.
    5. Insurance rates didn't go up until Obama took office. (not even sure what this has to do with education budgets)

  • cunhell29 Mar 22, 2011

    Federal ,state and local goverment budgets are to far gone to fix. The people in charge still can not figure how to even to start fixing the problems thats trouble this state. They try to cut this or that ,the people involved complain no don't cut this it will hurt this segment of the population. LEARNING TO MAKE DO WITH LESS IS A HARD LESSON TO LEARN FOR ANY ENITY!!!THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE AS A STATE AND A COUNTRY WERE ALL CREATED BY PEOPLE AND GREED,FUNNY THAT WE AS A NATION AND A STATE OF PEOPLE CAN NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO SOLVE THE SAME PROBLEMS WE CREATED.SOLUTIONS THAT DON'T COME EASY ARE THE ONES WE LEARN THE MOST FROM.MAYBE WE NEED TO STOP TRYING TO FIX THE PROBLEM AND START EDUCATING OUR SELF ON HOW WE GOT HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!! EDUCATION,HM,MAYBE WE NEED TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR FIRST FOR OUR OWN EDUCATION!!!!REALITY!!!!!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 22, 2011

    "A healthy single white male with no kids making more than $70k gets the very short end of the stick."

    Then get off your rump and find a wife, crank out some kids, then you can sit around and moan about how much they cost you. You won't have any stick!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Mar 22, 2011

    "Just got my health insurance sign up notice from my job- my monthly cost has doubled!"

    You'll get over it. Most everyone else's will triple so you should feel lucky.

  • eyeswideopen2 Mar 22, 2011

    Ok this is the most rediculous list of comments that I have ever heard. Here are some facts. 1st Wake county pays less than most counties for some positions and then take out the most in a manditory retirement fund that only goes to invest in pointless projects that will never see the light of day. For example Durham pays Teacher Asst. $300 more per month and only takes 3% to put in the retirement fund. Wake puts 6% into that fund.They also have a better rate of keeping their teachers. The school system actually fights to keep their teachers. Unlike in Wake where it is like they take pride in not letting teachers know if they will continue to have a job the next year. This is the most confused county i have ever seen. The school board focuses dumb Sh$& that only ticks people off. As for people with kids having to pay more taxes. Think of it this way. If your parents thought that same way then you would not be here. How about 100% of the lottery going towards education. Or even better

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